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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Congratulations to Indian Team for great victory

India trounce Pakistan by 29 runs, to meet Lanka in World Cup Finals
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Chasing the modest total of 260 put by Team India, Pakistan were all out for 231 runs in 49.5 overs, in their semifinal match of the cricket World Cup in Mohali on Wednesday.


Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar capitalised on six reprieves to crack 85 while Suresh Raina provided the late sparks as India posted a competitive 260 for nine in their high-voltage World Cup semifinal clash against arch rivals Pakistan.

Tendulkar, however, could not make the most of the Pakistani fielding lapses as he missed his 100th international ton as the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals on a PCA track which offered some assistance to the bowlers.

With runs coming easily, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi introduced spinner Saeed Ajmal in the ninth over of the contest and the off-spinner conceded just three runs.

There was a lot of drama in Ajmal's third over as Tendulkar survived two appeals of consecutive deliveries.

Umpire Ian Gould first upheld a leg before wicket appeal against Tendulkar who asked for a review. Television replays showed that the ball would have missed the leg stump and the decision was overturned.

The very next ball, the Pakistanis appealed for a stumping chance and again the verdict went in Tendulkar's favour, drawing thunderous cheers from the crowd.

A few minutes later, Tendulkar got a reprieve when he was on 28 as a diving Misbah-ul Haq dropped a catch at the mid-wicket region with Shahid Afridi being the unlucky bowler.

Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir put on 68 runs for the second wicket in 13 overs before Mohammad Hafeez struck for his team by evicting the left-hander with a lovely flighted delivery.

Gambhir stepped out to drive the ball through the gap but was deceived by the flight and Kamran Akmal whipped off the bails in a flash to leave India at 116 for two.

The Pakistanis gave Tendulkar another 'life' when he was on 45 with Younis Khan dropping a catch at the extra cover region with Afridi being the unlucky bowler again.

Tendulkar then hit Afridi over the extra cover boundary to notch up his 95th ODI half century.

Virat Kohli, who joined the action after Gambhir's departure, never looked comfortable in the middle and Wahab Riaz brought an end to his vigil soon. Kohli played a strange shot and offered a simple catch to Umar Akmal at backward point.

A hushed silence descended at the stadium when local boy Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for a first-ball duck, leaving India in a spot of bother at 141 for four.

Tendulkar and Dhoni then tried to steady the innings by curbing their strokeplay and playing cautiously. They were quite content to keep the scoreboard moving with gentle pushes and nudges while dispatching the loose deliveries to boundary.

Tendulkar, who was having a charmed life, was dropped for the fourth time by Umar Akmal at wide midwicket as the champion batsman attempted to pull the ball. It was Hafeez who was the unfortunate bowler.

But in the very next over, Tendulkar finally ran out of luck with spinner Ajmal getting the prized scalp.

He went for a stinging drive but could not really time the ball well and Afridi, unlike his teammates, did not make a mistake at short extra cover. His knock of 85 came off 115 balls and was laced with 11 boundaries.

Dhoni, who was dropped by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal on 24, could not capitalise on the reprieve as he became Riaz's fourth victim, trapped leg before to a sharp incoming ball. Dhoni went for the referral but without luck. (RBY-30/03)






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