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Result: India won by 29 runs Last 5 Ovs : 31/3, RR : 6.2, 4s : 4, 6s : 1

Ind: 260/9 in 50 ovrs

Pak: 231/10 in 49.5 ovrs

S Ajmal 1(5)Z Khan* 9.5-0-58-2
M Patel 10-1-40-2
Run Rate : 4.64
Last Wicket : Misbah-ul-Haq c V Kohli & b Z Khan 56(76) - 231/10, 49.5 Ovs
Previous Overs : W . . 1 1 .   |  Wd5 . . 4 . 4 1   |  . 6 . . 1 .   |  . . . . W
Whew! It has been an awesome match and I am glad that we have covered a classic. All eyes will be on that all important final on April 2nd. Will India's 28 year wait for another World Cup end on that day or will Sri Lanka win another one after 15 years? We have to wait for two more days now before that day. This is an exhausted Sid V, saying good bye on behalf of my other colleagues Ajith, Srivathsa and Realtime Thiru. Keep on smiling and have a great night.
Tendulkar: I would like to thank everybody in Mohali for the terrific support. The team played brilliantly. The way we bowled and fielded was awesome. Initially, Viru got us off to a flier and we had to take our time and play out the spinners. We kept losing wickets which we did not want. Raina played well in the end. When we started, we thought about 300-310. Going back to Mumbai is a great occasion. We want to focus on the job that is ahead. All the five matches against Pakistan have been memorable.
Sachin Tendulkar is the MoM for his awesome 85.
Dhoni: We got off to a great start. But, as the game progressed, scoring became hard and we had to consolidate. We decided to go for a par score and 260 was a very good score. The pitch was offering some turn and we read the wicket wrongly. We went in with three seamers and this is one game where I am glad that I did not have it use any extra bowlers. Bowling slowly and on a length is Munaf's strength and Ashish is a rhythm bowler. It is a dream to be in the final. We did not have easy games throughout the tournament and nothing comes easy. We have chased some few decent totals and everybody has been tested. We are ready for the finals but we have to be careful.
Afridi: Firstly, I would like to congratulate India on such a great victory and I wish them all the best for the final. The guys played well and I am glad to be the captain of such a team. Riaz bowled well. When we got Sehwag, we decided to put some pressure. We missed some opportunities in the middle and they played well. We did not build a partnership and we played some irresponsible shots. We tried to play two or three overs and we decided to take the Batting PP after that. I would like to say sorry to my nation that we fell short.
There was a lot of hype and build-up prior to this game and it has lived upto it. Pakistan's fielding has once again proven to be their undoing while the Indians kept their nerve. One more golden page is added in the glorious chapter of India vs Pakistan rivalries.
Some more Insights: Everybody was saying that this was the final before the final. Sydney, Bangalore, Manchester, Centurion and now Mohali, it is India 5- Pakistan 0. Pakistan continue to be haunted by India and that will be bring a lot of cheer to the 1.2 billion Indians. A word also for Shoaib Akhtar, who has decided to bid good bye from International cricket after the World Cup. He did not get a chance today, and he now exits on a sorry note. However, better times lie ahead for Pakistan and it has been a very spirited performance. The Mohali crowd have been absolutely awesome and credit goes to them for giving this match a wonderful atmosphere.
Harbhajan: Happy with how things panned out today. I thank God, the almighty for making the dream come true. This was like a final, the pressure was double, not just for our team but also for the Pakistani team. We bowled and fielded well, I guess we deserved this win. Mumbai is my second home, I play for the Mumbai Indians, and it would be really good to go and play the final over there.
Post match celebrations: Hand shakes all around, Sachin Tendulkar looks mighty happy, his expressions speak a thousand words. His dream of winning a World Cup final is at sighting distance now, that would be a fitting tribute to a man who has given it all to the game of cricket. The VIPs in the crowd - Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priety Zinta, Neeta Ambani - all stand up in joy, yes folks, it's not a dream, India are through to the World Cup final.
Misbah-ul-Haq and his strange connection with India in World Cups: The massive expectations and the hype placed on this game has not disappointed the millions of fans in both countries. India have held their nerve to go through to their second World Cup final since 2003. The Pakistani openers started off confidently, but once Kamran fell, the Indians built up the pressure. Hafeez threw it away, with a rank bad shot and then Misbah came in to play one of the strangest ODI innings of all time - he perhaps forgot that it was an ODI and played a test like innings. That placed enormous pressure on the others and though he opened out at the end, it was too little, too late.
49.5 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, out Caught by Kohli!! India have reached the final of the 2011 World Cup, they will now face Sri Lanka at Mumbai on the 2nd of April. Misbah-ul-Haq goes for the big hit, a length ball, he decided to send it out of the park, gets more elevation than distance, lands in the safe hands of Virat Kohli at long on, Pakistan have lost by 29 runs, Afridi has a sorry look on his face. Can't help but feel for him. Misbah-ul-Haq c Kohli b Zaheer 56(76) [4s-5 6s-1]
49.4 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, the Indians know that they've won it, fuller one on the stumps, flayed to mid wicket, straight to the fielder again, Dhoni is looking relieved
49.3 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball from Zaheer, pulled to the man at mid wicket
49.2 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower one angling away from Misbah-ul-Haq, he can't get bat on ball, Zaheer gets away with it, should have been called a wide
49.1 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and outside off, Misbah-ul-Haq drills a fuller one to long off, 5 sixes needed!
Okay, 30 runs off 6 balls needed. India's strike bowler, Zaheer Khan, has the ball in his hands. 5 sixes needed, common sense tells me, the match is already in India's pocket. Two good deliveries and that's it!
48.6 Munaf Patel to Ajmal, no run, Ajmal gets across and paddle scoops it to Sehwag at short fine
48.5 Munaf Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah-ul-Haq rolls his arms and sends a slower delivery, back of a length and pulled over mid wicket, Raina at long on runs wide and takes it on one bounce, just a single
48.4 Munaf Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another one outside the off stump, Misbah-ul-Haq slaps hard but straight to the man at long off, he does not take the single yet again
48.3 Munaf Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length and on the off stump, pushed wide of the bowler to long on, but denies the single
48.2 Munaf Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX!!, that's the 14th ODI fifty for Misbah-ul-Haq, he is keeping the hopes of all the Pakistanis alive, lofted hit over long on, does it nice and clean, Misbah style!
48.1 Munaf Patel to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, the famous leg cutter again, Misbah-ul-Haq makes room, taps it down the wicket, Misbah-ul-Haq is waging a lone battle and it doesn't look too good for him at this stage
Munaf Patel [9.0-1-33-2] is back into the attack
Wait up folks. 37 off two overs! The Indians just can't celebrate yet.
47.6 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, too full on the off stump, drilled down to mid off and he sets off for a single, had Yuvi got the direct hit in, Misbah-ul-Haq would have been a goner
47.5 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR!!, Well, Misbah is not giving up! Clears his front leg and lofts it over mid on, powerfully struck, one bounce over the ropes, 13 runs so far from this over!
47.4 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah-ul-Haq drives through point but Dhoni has kept a man in there, Misbah-ul-Haq turns the single down
47.3 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR!!, width on offer, Misbah-ul-Haq creates more by backing away, leaning onto it and he crashes it through point and cover, Can he do a Michael Hussey here?
Gary Kirsten is shown on the big screen and he's seen sporting a smile. Eric Simons still has that tensed look on his face.
47.2 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah-ul-Haq backed away and almost chopped it back onto the stump, off the under edge, it goes over the off stump and Dhoni collects it behind the stumps
47.1 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah-ul-Haq makes a lot of room and drives hard, straight to the fielder at mid off
47.1 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 wides, poor ball that, full and well down the leg, Dhoni gets the dive in but can't stop it, it was too wide of him and 5 bounus runs. But is it too late? Looks so!
46.6 Nehra to Ajmal, no run, full toss outside off, steered down to third man, Misbah-ul-Haq doesn't want the single, end of a fine spell from Nehra, he's been fabulous, 10 overs and 2 for 33. Dhoni was criticized by all the experts for picking him ahead of Ashwin but Boy! Dhoni, take a bow! Luck and tactics together, and he's just unstoppable
46.5 Nehra to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, too full, Misbah-ul-Haq drills it off the backfoot down to long on
46.4 Nehra to Ajmal, 1 run, Ajmal leans on it and gets an outside edge as he looks to steer it behind point, third man will keep it down to one
46.3 Nehra to Ajmal, no run, back of a length and on the off stump, Ajmal mistimes the pull to mid on
46.2 Nehra to Ajmal, no run, Dhoni has set an attacking field, fuller one angling away, Ajmal creams it to backward point
Saeed Ajmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
46.1 Nehra to Gul, out Lbw!! Nehra does it! He tries to bowl a yorker, a full toss on the leg stump, Gul misses the flick and he's rapped on the front pad, it was going onto hit the middle stump for sure, another review that goes in favor of Simon Taufel, he's been spot on today. The review was just a formality, India are one wicket away now. Gul lbw b Nehra 2(3)
Another review! Gul has been given out LBW. Looks plumb!
Misbah-ul-Haq is asking for a change in gloves. Nehra continues to bowl, 53 off 24 needed.
45.6 Zaheer to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller one, Misbah-ul-Haq works it to Raina at square leg, Misbah-ul-Haq was a couple of paces down the wicket, Raina looks for the direct hit but can't manage it, he had one stump to aim at
45.5 Zaheer to Gul, 1 run, a full toss angled in, Gul gets a top edge as he looks to work it across, lobs up in the air and falls towards mid wicket, there is no fielder there