End of over 50 – PAK 231/10 INDIA VICTORY – over a talented Pakistan – what a match – now Sri Lanka and India will face off in a momentous match on Saturday. Thanks so much for sticking with us guys! See you Saturday!!!!
A mile high ball CAUGHT BY INDIA to end this!
And now it is over – two balls gone, no chance for Pakistan to come thru now – Congratulations India!!!! My predictions streak comes to an end – and with a superb performance by India in this semi final! WOW – we expected a much closer match.
Five sixes needed
And six balls are the only thing separating India and Sri Lanka in the final – anything can happen, let’s find out
End of over 49 – PAK 231/9
Misbah SIX he goes over the half century then he adds one
End of over 48 – PAK 224/9
And just then Misbah hits two FOURS - a bit little a bit late
To win Pakistan would have to have an effort of divine magnitude
No one is moving from their seats – but it seems clear now India has stifled the best efforts of Pakistan.
47.1 5 WIDES PAK 215/9
PAK 210/9 in 47 overs
End of over 41 – PAK 181/6
40.3 No Run 40.2 One added 40.1 Khan to S Afridi ONE
End of over 40 – PAK 177/6 Afridi adds one more – Pakistan now needs that Epic performance – a RR of over 8 is needed
Ruled a bounce, Afridi gets one and is still up
Afridi may be out, it is low and a decision is necessary, its on the official – the ball may have bounced
39.2 Misbah with FOUR!
End of over 39 – PAK 168/6
Afridi with two powerfully after Afridi with 1 Wide
Afridi, clearly the hope of Pakistan now – and how appropriate!
End of over 38 – PAK 163/6 with two more from Afridi
Afridid with TWO more PAK 161/6
Afridi in and instantly FOUR!
Razzaq Bowled OUT last over – we got behind on the lag sorry.
End of over 35 – PAK 146/5
PAK 142/4 in 33 overs
End of over 32 PAK 141/4
Akmal with another massive SIX! Over 87 meters they say – one handed no less! Then he adds one more
End of over 31 – PAK 132/4
End of over 30 – PAK 130/4
Akmal with a MASSIVE SIX – very well hit – then he adds one more
Akmal with a nice FOUR!
End of over 28 – PAK 117/4
Akmal appears to be bringing some live – 3 runs already
PAK 106/4 in 26 overs India is strangling Pakistan
Sing Gets Younus Khan This is devastating - Khan walks off – Pakistan has to be reeling from this
PAK 106/3 in 25 overs half way there and Pakistan is off by almost a half century at this juncture
Kahn still chipping away, one here, one there
PAK 103/3 in 24 overs Misbah-ul-Haq walks out at number 5, replacing Shafiq
Shafiq is OUT! Pakistan has lost another! PAK 103/3 he was bowled!
End of over 23 – PAK 100/2 I do not think Pakistan could find a way to make this a more boring chase so far – the tale of the numbers are - Cur RR: 4.35 Req RR:5.96 – not getting there
End of over 22 – PAK 94/2
End of over 21 – PAK 92/2
20.3 Shafiq with TWO
Younus Khan has to find that fire within – Pakistan desperately needs their fires relit
PAK 89/2 in 20 overs
SECOND Wicket down! PAK 70/2 in 15.3 overs and Hafeez is out. Younus Khan walks out at number 4, replacing Hafeez.
PAK 70/1 in 15 overs -an exciting over, with a belligerent FOUR by Shafiq. PAK still need 191 runs in 35 overs to win. Cur RR: 4.61 Req RR:5.48
PAK 52/1 in 10 overs
PAK 44/1 in 9 overs – Pakistan has lost their First WICKET! OUT for Akmal
PAK 43/0 in 8 overs
PAK 38/0 in 7 overs
6.3 Hafeez FOUR!
The massive crowd here is reacting now to almost every move these players make – it must be an extraordinary feeling for the teams, and pressure filled too.
End of over 6 – PAK 28/0 Pakistan has to do better than this
End of over 5 – PAK 28/0 The run rate has dropped down much faster than when Tendulkar was smoking hot for India. RR now at just above 5
PAK 26/0 in 4 overs
Pakistan RR now over 7 – mirroring the intial India push
PAK 24/0 Hafeez with FOUR! at 3.1
PAK 12/0 in 1.5 overs
Pakistan is up and we are back!
End of over 50 – IND 260/9 Now Pakistan has their chase – after the break. Will 260 be enough?
And just like that they lose their 9th wicket too!
India has lost their 8th wicket! Khan is OUT
Raina with a FOUR – End of over 49 – IND 256/7
End of over 48 – IND 246/7
Kahn with another FOUR
Singh is OUT, India has now lost 7 wickets Zaheer Khan walks out at number 9
End of over 46 – IND 235/6
Singh adds another FOUR!
45.4 Raina adds one more
AND ANOTHER FOUR from Raina – just when India looked to be dead in the water, Raina and Singh answer
Raina opens 46 with another FOUR!
IND 221/6 after 45 – Every run now being cheered, the crowd wants it
44.4 Singh with a bit FOUR!
IND 213/6 in 44 overs Pakistan has to be ecstatic at this point, after 6 dropped balls they are still in this big time – for India? After a blazing start, the team must be in shock at their current situation – The Castrol index now has Pakistan up 15 points
End of over 43 IND 207/6
Dhoni is OUT! End of over 42 IND 205/6 another wicket down after the review
End of over 41 – IND 203/5 India appears to be a bit out of gas at the moment. What was a sure 300 run pace looks more like 250 now. If this holds true, Pakistan may win big rather than taking it on the chin here.
End of over 40 – IND 200/5
IND 195/5 in 39 overs Tendulkar left with decent numbers, but he cannot be satisfied with the end of this inning. 85 Runs 115, 11 FOURS, No Sixes
End of over 38 – IND 189/5
Suresh Raina walks out at number 7, replacing Tendulkar.
Tendulkar is finally OUT! IND 187/5 in 37 overs
Saeed Ajmal replaces Hafeez from the City End.
End of over 36 – IND 185/4
AND ANOTHER DROP! Unbelievable – Tendulkar is charmed – he has been dropped, not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR!
End of over 34 – IND 177/4
End of over 33 – IND 173/4 The run rate is now 5.24, Tendulkar and Dhoni working well together
End of over 32 – IND 171/4 Pakistan needs these wickets
End of over 31 – IND 170/4 The partnership here has been worth 30 runs in 35 balls
End of over 31 – IND 170/4 – Tendulkar is 3/4th there for the Century now
We are so sorry for being late! Traffic here in Germany was against us, we will catch you up immediately! WOW – Pakistan versus India and a traffic jam.
Today a cricket contest of monumental proportions takes place, the second semi-final ICC World Cup match between Pakistan and India. If yesterday’s Sri Lanka vs New Zealand contest can be used as a gauge, this one will be epic. Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar, Younis Khan, MS Dhoni rivalries, legends, dignitaries, today at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium its time for legend to meet destiny.
Stick with us for the momentous match live updates, or check out the live streams we provide below. This is the one some waited their whole life for.
Be There Or Be Square
For an idea of the import of this cricket match, consider this. Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will be in attendance today, on the direct invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. As the saying goes, “the irony and tension of this match is so thick, one can cut it with a knife.” Well, even thicker than this actually. This is the first home head-to-head match between the two clubs since July 2008. Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup on that occasion. In case all this fails to quantify Pakistan versus India for you, how about Pakistan declaring a half day holiday nationwide for the game?
These teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups too. India won all four, and the legend himself, Sachin Tendulkar, played in all four. Here we are at number five. The list of iconic incidents goes on, and on, and on. Records that can be broken, more heroes made, old heroes vindicated, even wrongs made right – this cricket match is one heck of a lot more than just a cricket match – and then too – cricket is enough.
As I have said in every other match I have covered, endless analysis is needless – this game is about heart, destiny, it’s cosmic. Tendulkar; “Never bet against legend.” The fire of Pakistan, the heart – NEVER bet against heart. A dilemma.
Hundreds of thousands of cricket fans have come here during this tournament, many taking the time to comment – root for their team – say their peace. India and Pakistan being the most prevalent, the most virulent, and the most kind too. I said I would wait until now to offer my prediction.
Of all the games I have covered (miraculously) Sri Lanka narrowly proved me 100 percent correct so far. Today it is a bit tougher to predict though, not because the method is being tested, but because of the great players on each side – Homeric figures like Sachin Tendulkar. NEVER bet against legend, but when heart, passion, and destiny meet legend? Then what?
As Promised – Winners and Losers
The image at the top of this post predicts this match with champion Younis Khan slightly in front of the MAN himself, just slightly – like the match should be. Pakistan will win this on sheer will of determination. And like any true cricket fan, either team losing here seems like an injustice.
Below you will find those streams we always leave, along with the suggested starters for today. We hope you all enjoy this one, and let us know your thoughts during and after the match.
Feeds and Streams of Cricket Madness
Again for our readers who want to watch the game online, here are a few websites providing live streaming, live scorecards and updates: ESPNstar.asia (live streaming available only in Asian countries), Crictime.com (site for live streaming, broadcasting on four different servers) and ESPN3.com (ideal for US viewers). Willow TV is also an official online broadcaster in the United States.
Our most recent feed came via a very nice mail from someone who created a nice feed here called CricZero. Fans in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland can watch the game via BSkyB. A complete list of 2011 Cricket World Cup broadcasting rights can be found via Wikipedia, or at Yahoo! Sports, in *pdf format.