India off to Mumbai for WC final

Thursday, March 31, 2011
By: 
Kemantha Govender

Durban - India have made the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final after beating neighbouring rivals Pakistan by 29 runs.

Their victory in Mohali means that the Indians will take on Sri Lanka in the final on Saturday.
Prime Ministers of both countries were present at the match.

It was a great display of cricket by the two sides, with bursts of brevity coming from a few players throughout the game.

It doesn't come as a surprise that batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was one such player. Tendulkar was exceptionally lucky, after being dropped four times, went on to score 85 runs and contributed to 260/9 after India won the toss and elected to bat.

The Indian top order went wild in the first couple overs, with Virender Sehwag racing to 38 before being dismissed by Wahab Riaz, who took his career-best at 5-46.

India were cruising up until the 25th over, when Riaz sent Virat Kohli (nine) and Yuvraj (zero) packing off successive deliveries.

Skipper captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25) and Suresh Raina (36 not out) got India back into the swing of swings with the contributions at the crease.

Meanwhile, Pakistan lost their first wicket in the 8th over when Kamran Akmal (19) was caught at point by Yuvraj Singh off Zaheer Khan's bowling.

Akmal with Mohammad Hafeez (43) looked promising but after their return to the stands, Pakistan found themselves wobbling a bit.

In a space of two overs Yuvraj sparked a collapse, ejecting both Asad Shafiq (30) and Younis Khan (13).

Umar Akmal quickly reached 24, but was stopped in his tracks when Harbhajan Singh trapped the right hand batsmen lbw.

Misbah-ul-Haq's spirited 56 was not enough to fight back and Pakistan reached 231 in the final over.

The man of the match was awarded to Tendulkar who still finds himself in pursuit of his 100th ODI century.