The second semifinal of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2011 was held between India and Pakistan on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Mohali, India. India won the toss in this highly focused day-night match and decided to bat first. Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar gave a very good opening start for India. Let us see the triggering factors from both teams that boosted the Indian victory over their arch-rivals and neighbouring country, Pakistan.
First, it was superb blasting innings from Sehwag that spoiled the rhythm of Pakistan, opening bowlers right from the word go. At one time the batting average had gone above 10 runs per over before Sehwag got out trapped before the wickets. He had given a morale boosting pill by then to all his teammates. A collective effort by Pakistan fielders of dropping Tendulkar’s catches enabled him to get 85 runs.
Next, it was Suresh Raina who blasted a quick 35 in the last few overs. If it had not happened, India probably would have never been able to cross 250 runs. With Raina’s quick fire, India made 260, which could be treated as a good score, though it was not very convincing. In the first 10 overs of the game, it seemed as if India would produce 350 or so by the way Sehwag was playing.
Later in Pakistan’s batting, it was a marvelous piece of bowling from every Indian bowler and a poor batting from Pakistan players that resulted in the Indian team moving to the final round to meet Sri Lanka at Mumbai, India on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Both teams delivered their best to keep nerves tight throughout the game. A jam-packed stadium, both countries’ Prime Ministers and many celebrities witnessed this match.