NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Key moments from India’s 29-run victory over Pakistan in their World Cup semi-final in Mohali today.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won an important toss but created a minor furore by leaving out off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and opting for left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra.
Dhoni admitted later he had misread a pitch which got lower and slower but Nehra fully justified his selection with two for 33 from 10 overs.
Pakistan decided to stick with Wahab Riaz instead of Shoaib Akhtar, another correct decision as the strong left-arm fast bowler took five wickets in an innings for the first time in an ODI.
At 48/0 in the sixth over, India were close to pushing Pakistan over the edge.
Riaz, bowling with an angular action close to the umpire, bowled wicket to wicket with good pace and bounce. He dismissed Sehwag leg before and produced the delivery of the match to york Yuvraj Singh for a duck and finish with figures of 5-46.
Sachin Tendulkar benefited from an overturned lbw decision and a stumping appeal which went to the television umpire on 23 plus missed catching chances on 27, 45, 70, and 81.
He did go on to score 85 but lost his fluency and the Indian innings lost its momentum which was restored only by Suresh Raina at the end.
Pakistan at last got away to a good start, reaching 44 before a wicket fell with some fluent shots to the boundary and several false efforts which landed in no man’s land.
MIDDLE ORDER SLOWDOWN
The vastly experienced Younus Khan (13 from 32 balls) and Misbah-ul-haq (56/76 balls despite a late flourish) took their time to settle down and struggled to rotate the strike.
The run rate accordingly rose from a comfortable 5.2 which put added pressure on the lower middle order who lost their way.