India vs Pakistan semi final: India manages to scrape through

THE AMAZING and delightful performance by Virender Sehwag in the initial overs of India vs Pakistan match on Wednesday had raised hopes of all the Indians that the team would be setting a target of nothing less than 300 runs.

After Sehwag got out with 38 runs in 25 balls in the 6th over, the run rate of more than 9 crumbled down to slightly above 7. However with Gambhir, Sachin picking up the momentum they brought the run rate to 8.5.

Later, Gambhir went down and Virat Kohli scored less and wasted more balls. The 5th batsman to arrive got out on duck and he was none other than Yuvraj Singh, who has been the World cup’s star performer so far, but couldn’t play a yorker by Wahab Riaz.

The next was the turn of Master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, who managed to score 85 runs in 115 balls, but his innings wasn’t a glorious one. It was Sachin’s pure luck that he stayed on the pitch. Firstly, he was given benefit of doubt when the Pakistani team appealed against him, being stumped out. Secondly, the Pakistani fielders missed three catches offered by him.

MS Dhoni had a long partnership with Sachin, he went for 25 runs in 42 balls in the 42nd over. Suresh Raina came out as a saviour for India in the last overs. He scored 36 runs for 39 balls without losing his wicket. The rest of the batting order showed no wonders. Harbhajan scored 12 in 15 balls, Zaheer scored 9 in 10 balls, Nehra scored 1 in 2 balls and Munaf Patel did not face any ball.

The Pakistani bowling was let down with Umar Gul giving 21 runs in his second over, Afridi didn’t even give the senior bowler 10 complete overs, and he had to finish up with 8 overs. On other hand Wahab Raiz showed some great bowling by taking 5 wickets in 10 overs and giving 46 runs. He could be called Pakistan’s saviour for the day. Saeed Ajmal took 2 wickets for 44 runs.

Pakistan fielded badly and it looked like as if they had soaked their hands in butter. But, they managed to break the momentum of Indian team in the middle overs. However in the last 5 overs their fielding revived and Pakistan managed to save a lot of runs.

Read More On>>> ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Cricket Live Score Card

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