Me blogging live for dawn.com. unfortunately Pakistan lost the match, but great game nonetheless! http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/29/live-pakistan-vs-india.html
Mehmudah Rehman from Dubai
Update (22:19 PST)
Pakistan – hold your head up high, and take this loss with dignity and indeed, pride. We were down and out before the World Cup and have done remarkably well to make the semis. Cricket has won, and thank you India, for a great match! Pakistan Zindabad!
There will be inevitable whispers of match-fixing and Misbah and Younis’ inning, plus the timing of the powerplay would have raised many eye-brows (mine almost went through my forehead)!
Misbah Misbah – you missed a trick there buddy! Left yourself too much to do! Too late – great SIX though! Love it when they hit it straight
Update (22:11 PST)
Shahid Afridi looks crestfallen. You gotta feel for the guy. Misbah hasn’t given up though.
Update (21:47 PST)
It had to happen sooner or later – the tailender can only do so much. Wahab Riaz is out and Dhoni and his men are on the brink of a memorable win here!
Update (21:31 PST)
That’s it! He’s gone! Afridi the man, it’s curtains for Pakistan, surely! Indians are celebrating
Pakistan falling like a house of cards.. Misbah- today’s test player is still there though. We need a blitzy 20-20 knock!
Update (21:21 PST)
Dhoni has been pretty good with his bowling changes, Zaheer Khan has been used wisely. He’s back here and what’s Shahid Afridi ‘s plan of action?
Update (21:04 PST)
BOOM BOOM AFRIDI walks out to the middle! Abdul Razzak has been bowled Indians have the momentum and the hopes of a nation are being dashed – ball by ball, over by over. 8 an over reqd.
Update (PST 20:51)
Abdul Razzak is a very capable batsmen and all is not lost! Pakistanis around the world are praying for a performance like THAT one against South Africa…
Update (PST 20:47)
I heard the wicket of Umar Akmal before I saw it – HUGE cheer in the crowd. So that’s Pakistan’s main man gone! India are really choking Pakistan here!
Update (PST 20:31 PST)
The tension is mounting as Miss-bah has missed the ball, and is playing really slow. C’mon, rotate the strike!
Update (20:29 PST)
Umar Akmal hits a four and then a SIX! Relives the pressure! He needs to do something extraordinary to save the match. Required run rate well over 6
Update (20:10 PST)
Younis Khan never looked comfortable out there – he was always struggling. His strike rate of 41-odd is quite a let down. In walks Umar Akmal, who happens to be one of Pakistan’s most talented players, and has been touted as the ‘Inzamam’ of this tournament. Can he do something special here.
Well over a run a ball required, and Pakistani hearts are in the mouth.
Update (20:02 PST)
Another Pakistani throws it away after getting a good start! Asad Shafiq looked so promising .. he perishes and India are on top! Yuvraj Singh is a real crowd favourite – and then he’s playing for someone special too, remember?
Update (19:52 PST)
That does NOT look like India in the field! What’s with the electric fielding?!
Update (19:48 PST)
I like how Zaheer Khan hides the bowl in his hand right until the point of delivery. Crafty operator… Pakistan need to play him well.
Update (19:39 PST)
Younis Khan is a better player than his average suggests – 32.29. he needs to stay at the wicket and get a partnership going.
Update (19:27 PST)
OH NO! Hafeez is OUT! That was a needless shot! Mohali stands up to applaud the efforts of Munaf Patel, whose tight line has paid dividends. But really, that was more the batsmen’s fault, than the bowler’s skill. Paddle sweep? C’mon guys!
Update (19:21 PST)
Pakistan are getting just a little bogged down here. The run rate for the last 4 overs has been around about 3. Milk the bowling, take the singles! Munaf Patel’s tight line is right on the money.
Update (19:08 PST)
India is a side not known for its fielding, but they’re quite good in the field today. Energy, dives, and a bit of lively banter too. As for Pakistan we need to play risk-free cricket, and Asad Shafiq is a guy who could do just that. Prodigious turn for Harbhajan Singh… ooh, better watch out Hafeez! Yuvraj Singh will be itching to get a bowl!
Update (18:59 PST)
India need to introduce spin to stem the flow of runs, and the fact that Ashwin has not been selected is a boon for Pakistan.
Update (18:54 PST)
Mark Nicholas is a commentator I regard highly, both for his views and his crisp delivery of words. He says on air that the semi-final of a tournament is the hardest game to play. I agree. Remember THAT semi-final between South Africa and Australia?
Update (18:28 PST)
Beautifully timed by Mohammed Hafeez on the on-side, wristy, if you like! Boundary to Pakistan!
Update (18:23 PST)
The second innings is underway and Kamran Akmal has absolutely creamed two boundaries to best bowler in the Indian line-up, Zaheer Khan. His performance behind the stumps seems to have given him confidence.
Update (17:52 PST)
Excellent last over from Wahab Riaz but the Indians have piled on a pretty respectable total in the end, and this will take some seriously good batting to get. This is a placid batting track at Mohali, though a good start is vital, because the pitch generally deteriorates in the second innings and the ball doesn’t come on to the bat too well. Innings break now, and what a match this has been so far!
Update (17:28 PST)
These last few overs are extremely important and could well be the difference between the two teams. Umar Gul’s yorkers are going wrong, and Raina is having a ball. Another boundary. We need to pull back! Score getting healthier with every stroke, and Afridi is a worried man.
Update (17:13 PST)
Last boundary was at 29.5 overs – and we’re currently at 43.2 overs. Well done, Afridi and Co!
Update (17:10 PST)
Remember Harbhajan Singh is an attacking playing, and a more than useful tailender. Can they get him? Afridi’s attacking field is spot-on, says Sanjay Majrekar on air.
Update (16:49 PST)
Twelve overs still to go and we’ve got Pakistan bowling like a well-oiled unit. Any guesses on the final score? At one stage, one would have thought India would have demolished Pakistan and collected in excess of 300. We have pulled back with those Wahab Riaz wickets, and now let’s watch Ajmal operating with his offspinners and doosras. Let’s hope he can fox the batsmen and get a wicket
Update (16:45 PST)
FINALLY! The lives are up and Afridi gets his man! Pakistan are breathing easier and Suresh Raina walks out to a pressure cooker situation, another one of India’s mightily impressive young batsmen.
Saima Hussain from Toronto: Finally! Tendulkar gone. Finally! Out at 85
And very appropriate that Skipper Afridi did the job.
Update (16:27 PST)
If only we took our catches, we would have been on top! Here’s hoping we give no more chances… India has a formidable batting line up and Pakistan have only themselves to blame that the wicket column says ‘4’.
Update (16:19 PST)
Sachin Tendulkar has moved on to 70, with all those lives … Hundred number hundred in a semifinal match against Pakistan? He looks tentative and yet the ball regularly goes to the boundary. This is frustrating for Afridi!
Update (16:04 PST)
We’ve just given two boundaries to MS Dhoni through edges!? Why don’t we have a slip in place Afridi?
Update (15:34 PST)
YES! Kamran Akmal and Mohammed Hafeez have affected a stumping! Off goes Gambhir! Spin seems to be making an impact! Here’s Virat Kohli, I’m a big fan actually. He’s a great timer of the ball. Let’s hope he can’t time it this time!
Update (15:10 PST)
Things have gone quiet since Ajmal was introduced and the swashbuckling Sehwag departed. Saeed Ajmal reminds me of another off-spinner who at one time, caused Tendulkar problems. Saqlain Mushtaq anyone?
I’ve been reading how acrobatic Pakistan have looked in the fielding drills. At the moment though, the fielding is anything but outstanding. OH! A DRoP CATCH! MISBAH UL HAQ< did you just drop the world cup? Tendulkar gets ANOTHER life.
Update (15:00 PST)
Did we get Tendulkar???? Almost! Oh dear! The balls not hitting the stumps in the DRS. Mohali goes wild. Pakistan look devastated. Just missing leg. And another appeal! A stumping from Kamran Akmal??? Pakistan looks confident, and I can’t stand the tension…not out!
Update (14:56 PST)
And Saeed Ajmal gets the ball. He’s bowling to Gautam Gambhir, the left-hander who averages 40-odd in ODIs’s. Ajmal’s body language looks good though. He looks confident. How much will the pitch turn? Remember Pakistan are batting second, and the pitch is likely to turn more then. Harbhajan Singh will be quite ineterested in how the pitch plays.
Update (14:41 PST)
Wasim Akram is in the commentary box… what if he had been playing? Umar Gul looks to be struggling with the line.. another boundary to fine-leg. Wristy subcontinent players, c’mon Umar!! Sachin’s a treat to watch though. Gotta appreciate the Little Master. He looks divine when he plays that straight drive. Gladly straight to the fielder that time.
Mohali is a riot of sound and colour as Virender Sehwag has dispatched everything to the boundary with disdain. Here in Dubai, the match is all anyone is talking about.Offices will be let off early today and many malls have giant screens to display the match. Soon I’ll be going out to join the crowds too. Just hope Pakistan fares better. Here’s Wahab Riaz in place of the veteran Shoaib Akhtar. Was it a good decision? Let’s see… Sehwag looks in ominious form.
YES! Sehwag goes!!!!!!!!!! Mohali is quiet and Pakistan and Afridi are all smiles!