On this day in 2011, India defeated Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final to book their place for the finals. With that win, India maintained their 100 percent winning rate against Pakistan in the World Cup. Pakistan would still be gutted to remember that they dropped Sachin Tendulkar five times during India’s innings.
India batted first and made a steady start before Umar Gul got the first breakthrough in the form of Virender Sehwag in the sixth over. At 48 for 1 after 6 overs, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar then took India’s innings forward.
Sachin Tendulkar went onto score 85 runs off 112 balls, however, no other batsmen could make a significant contribution with that bat. Nevertheless, Suresh Raina’s important cameo of 36 runs in 39 balls, in the end, helped India reach a 260-run total in 50 overs.
Pakistan openers in Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez played cautiously in the powerplay overs. They put on 44 runs in the 8.5 overs before Zaheer Khan made the first breakthrough and sent Akmal back to the pavilion. Pakistan was guilty of getting the starts but then losing their wickets way throughout the innings. Hafeez made 43, while Asad Shafiq scored 30 runs off 39 balls.
Much like the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup, Misbah Ul-Haq had no one to support from the other. He scored a vital 56 runs off 76 balls. However, it went in vain as Pakistan fell short of 29 runs in the end. Interestingly, all five bowlers such as Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, and Yuvraj Singh took two wickets each.