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World Cup 2019 | India Vs Pakistan Flashback: When Sachin Tendulkar Found A New Fan In The 2011 Semi-final

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:

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  • India will be facing Pakistan at the Old Trafford on June 16
  • DRS had become Sachin Tendulkar's huge fan in the 2011 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan
  • India beat Pakistan by 29 runs

As the die-hard cricket fans are eagerly looking forward to the high-octane blockbuster ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between India and Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester, let's look back at one of the standout moments of both these fierce competitors from the 2011 edition which India went on to triumph after a long wait of 28 years. But before the Men In Blue could win their second coveted trophy, they had to get through Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan who were playing very good cricket in the tournament. 

The two arch-rivals came face-to-face against each other in the semifinal at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali and even though that was a semifinal match, it was considered as a final by the die-hard fans of both sides. On one side, India were looking to keep their unbeaten run against Pakistan in World Cups intact, the latter were eyeing their maiden win over a spirited Indian side in the quadrennial event. 

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India won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a brisk start, thanks to Virender Sehwag's exploits. After his dismissal, India's scoring rate came down. However, Indian fans got a big scare when Sachin Tendulkar was trapped in front of the wicket by Saeed Ajmal. The umpire raised his finger, but Tendulkar decided to take the DRS. Replays suggested that he was plumb in front of the wicket as the ball had pitched on the middle stump. However, the Hawk-Eye suggested that the ball would have gone on to miss leg stump. Sachin got a lifeline. He went on to score 85 which was not among his best knocks by any means as he was dropped four times. The Master Blaster's vital knock and some late finishing touches from Suresh Raina powered India to 260/9 in their 50 overs.

In reply, Pakistan got off to a flying start. The Indian bowlers then brought India back in the game with some exceptional bowling performances. Misbah-ul-Haq scored a half-century, but it was not enough as India went on to win the contest by 29 runs to set up a summit clash against Sri Lanka.

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