On This Day in 2011: India Beat Pakistan in The World Cup For 5th Time
On this day in 2011 (30th March 2011), India faced Pakistan in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2011 at Mohali. India maintained its unbeaten World Cup record against Pakistan as they won that match by 29 runs.
It was not only the semi-final of the CWC 2011, but it was also the match against arch-rivals Pakistan. In India, the daily busy routines were majorly stopped due to this game.
After winning the toss in that crucial game, the Indian captain MS Dhoni decided to bat first against the then Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan team.
India scored 260/9; Pakistan players dropped many chances, mostly against Sachin Tendulkar
Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar started the game very positively. In the third over of the match, Sehwag smashed five boundaries to the best Pakistan pacer in that tournament, Umar Gul. The hosts collected 21 runs in that particular over.
After stitching 48-run partnership for the opening wicket, Sehwag lost his wicket in the sixth over of the match. Before losing his wicket, the aggressive right-handed batsman scored 38 runs off 25 balls (9 fours).
Then, Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir handled the early situation of that innings. That left-right combination worked very well for India as they built up the crucial 68-run stand for the second wicket. During that partnership, Tendulkar got a life at 27 runs.
After Gambhir lost his wicket on 27 runs, the Indian team lost their wickets at regular intervals. However, the Pakistan fielders continuously dropped some crucial opportunities to dismiss Tendulkar early, and the legend punished them by scoring 85 runs off 115 balls (11 fours).
In the middle-order batting, captain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina put some crucial contributions with their bats. While the wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni scored 25 runs, Raina played an important knock of 36 not out. Finally, India managed to score 260/9 (50 overs) in the first innings.
Among the Pakistan bowlers, the 25-year-old left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz dominated with the ball as he had the bowling figures of 10-0-46-5. Also, the off-spinner Saeed Ajmal got two wickets (2/44) in that innings.
Pakistan replied with 231 runs
In reply, Pakistan openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez provided a good start with the 44 runs partnership. While Pakistan batsmen got starts, they failed to convert to the big scores as well as provide any solid partnerships. As a result, Pakistan lost their wickets at the regular intervals, and it helped the Indian team to strengthen their grip.
While Hafeez scored 43 runs, Misbah-ul-Haq played till the end of that innings and scored 56 runs off 76 balls. But Pakistan were ultimately bowled out for 231 runs (49.5 overs).
All the five Indian bowlers took two wickets each in that game (Zaheer Khan 2/58; Ashish Nehra 2/33, Munaf Patel 2/40, Harbhajan Singh 2/43 and Yuvraj Singh 2/57).
It was the fifth meeting between India and Pakistan in the World Cup history, and all the time India won the matches. Tendulkar won the Player of the Match for making a big contribution in that crucial game.
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