India romp into World Cup final

Mid Innings Report

By CricketCountry Staff

Mohali: Mar 30, 2011

Yuvraj Singh brought India back into the game with two crucial wickets of Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq in their World Cup semi-final match against Pakistan at Mohali.

The left-arm spinner first had Asad for 30 before accounting for Younis for 13 to push the men in green on the backfoot.

Indian bowlers, backed by some sharp fielding, didn t allow the Pakistan batsmen to score freely after Mohammad Hafeez s dismissal. Even the ones and twos dried up and the pressure began to show on Shafiq as he bowled by Yuvraj while attempting a forceful shot. This was after he and Younis took Pakistan past the100-run mark.

Earlier, seamer Munaf Patel struck a significant blow, showing the pavilion way to well-set Hafeez for 43.

Hafeez seemed to be at ease against the Indian bowlers and looked good for a big one until he was caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Munaf. He banged seven boundaries in his 59-ball knock.

Hafeez and Asad Shafiq maintained the momentum after Zaheer Khan removed Kamran Akmal in the ninth over. Akmal, attempted to belt a wide delivery off Zaheer but, was pouched by Yuvraj Singh at point for 19.

Akmal clubbed two boundaries in the first over of Zaheer Khan to provide Pakistan a positive start in pursuit of 261 for victory in their World Cup semi-final game against India at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

Zaheer shared the new ball with Ashish Nehra.

Earlier, Wahab Riaz s career-best 5-46 helped Pakistan restrict India to 260 for nine from their allotted 50 overs. Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his 100th international century and was dismissed for 85.

Brief Scores: India 260 for 9 in 50 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 85, Virender Sehwag 38, Suresh Raina 36*; Wahab Riaz 5 for 46, Saeed Ajmal 2 for 44, Mohammad Hafeez 1 for 34) vs Pakistan 106 for 4 in 26 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 43, Asad Shafiq 30; Yuvraj Singh 2 for 9, Munaf Patel 1 for 26).

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