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On This Day in 2011: India defeat Pakistan in semi-finals of World Cup 2011

India and Pakistan have a rivalry that dwarfs the Ashes and this match was the epitome of that rival

By Jatin Sharma -

India and Pakistan matches have always been the show-stoppers in any ICC event starting from the Benson and Hedges World Cup in 1992. This was the starting of a rivalry in ICC events that continues till today and India have got the bragging rights, since they have won all the encounters against their arch rivals Pakistan in World Cup matches.

India faced Pakistan in the semi-finals of the World Cup 2011 at Mohali under electric atmosphere. India were propelled into the semis by a determined Yuvraj Singh and skipper MS Dhoni was determined to bring the World Cup home after 28 years after the 1983 World Cup win in England. India had defeated Australia in a thrilling quarterfinal at Ahmedabad, while Pakistan had defeated West Indies in their match in Dhaka.

India won the toss and opted to bat on a lively PCA stadium pitch. Sehwag and Tendulkar gave India a quick start, but wickets at regular intervals meant that India had a start-stop innings. Only Sachin Tendulkar looked somewhat comfortable against Pakistani bowlers, and he scored a scratchy 85. Wahab Riaz destroyed India with 46/5, which included Yuvraj for a first ball duck and Kohli for 9 runs. India finished for 260/9 in their 50 overs.

Now it was upto the Indian bowlers to stem the flow of runs and keep the flashy Pakistani batsmen in check. Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel did that job brilliantly and gave just 33 and 40 runs in their respective 10 overs and picked up 2 wickets each.

Dhoni used 5 bowlers and each of them picked up 2 wickets each. Pakistan was always playing catch up with the increasing run rate and despite a valiant 56 from Misbah, Pakistan fell short by 29 runs and was knocked out of the World Cup 2011.

There was controversy as Saeed Ajmal claimed that Sachin was LBW and didn’t walk. Sachin however received the Man of the match for his 85 runs and India went into the finals of the World Cup for the 3rd time.

Brief Scorecard:
India 260/9 (S. Tendulkar 85; W. Riaz 5/46) beat Pakistan 231/10 (Misbah 56; A Nehra 2/33) by 29 runs and advanced to the finals of World Cup 2011 in Mumbai.

Here are the highlights of that spectacular match for your enjoyment:



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