Pakistan and India clashed on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Mohali, India in the second semifinal match of ICC World Cup 2011. It was a match of wits, grits, patience and calmness. Both captains–Mahender Singh Dhoni and Sahid Afridi–did their best to win this match. Some issues, if better handled by Pakistan captain Afridi, on the ground and before the start of the match, would have turned the match in their favour.
Knowing well that Indian opener Virender Sehwag is well known for destructive batting right from start, thereby spoiling opponent team bowlers’ line and length, Pakistan bowlers lost their tempo quite easily. Fielding was not at par as per standards when Pakistan fielders dropped four easy catches of none other than master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, allowing him to make 85 runs.
The match that was in the grips of Pakistan ’til the 40th over of Indian batting was totally out of control once Raina started hitting Pakistan bowlers. The last 5 overs of power play were quite productive for India as their score crossed 250 runs of psychological barrier.
Pakistan batsmen were not at all looking confident against Indian bowlers. It seemed as if they had already surrendered mentally even before the start of the match.