new Delhi. March 30 is a very special day for Indian cricket fans. This is the day when India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In the match played 11 years ago in Mohali, Team India defeated Pakistan by 29 runs. After this victory, India knocked in the final. Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution was the most in making the Indian team win this important match. He played a memorable innings of 85 runs.
Team India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) won the toss and batted first in the semi-final match played in Mohali. India scored 260 runs for 9 wickets in their innings. from Team India Sachin Tendulkar Top scorer by scoring 85 runs. Virender Sehwag 38, Suresh Raina 36 and Gautam Gambhir He played an innings of 27 runs. MS Dhoni scored 25 and Harbhajan Singh scored 12 runs. Wahab Riaz took the maximum 5 wickets for Pakistan.
Pakistan all out for 231
Pakistan had to score 261 runs to win the semi-finals and enter the World Cup final. But the entire team could only score 231 runs in 49.5 overs. For Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq scored 56, Mohammad Hafeez 43, and Umar Akmal scored 29 runs. Kamran Akmal 19, Shahid Afridi 19 and Younis Khan were dismissed for 13 runs. Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh took 2 wickets each for India. The special thing about this match is that the Prime Ministers of both the countries were present in the stadium to watch this match.
Controversy over Sachin’s wicket
In this match, Pakistani bowler Saeed Ajmal appealed for LBW against Sachin Tendulkar. Umpire Ian Gould gave him out. Sachin took the referral. Billy Bowden, playing the role of the third umpire in the match, declared him not out. Cricket fans were seen divided into two factions regarding this decision of the umpire. Some said that Sachin was out. While some were considering Sachin not out. Years later, Ian Gould said in one of his interviews that even today if I watch that video of Sachin, I will give him out.