Spirited bowling effort from Indian bowlers coupled with intelligent field placing from MS Dhoni proved out to be too good for Shahid Afridi and his men. India maintain an unbeatable record against Pakistan in the World Cups and with the win they set up a final face-off with Sri Lanka on April 2.



India win the semi-finals by 29 runs. They were all over Pakistan, they picked up wickets at regular intervals and gave nothing away.

The ball was turning and caused big problems for the Pakistan batters. Younus and Shafiq gone in quick succession. Followed by skipper Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Pak's star with the ball today Wahab Riyaz.

Only Mibah-ul-Haq offered some reisitence, however, his assault came too late.

Pakistan started off the chase well hitting boundaries almost every over. But some quite overs from India put pressure on Mohammed Hafeez, who was unable to score with ease and tried to manufacture a non-sense shot only to give a simple catch to MS Dhoni.

Zaheer Khan drew first blood for India as he sent back dangerous looking Kamran Akmal back in the hut.

There was no swing in the air for the Indian bowlers and Pakistan batsmen were making most of it by playing freely on the up and scoring boundaries on a consistent basis.

India crawl to competitive 260

India have huffed and puffed their way to 260 for nine batting first. Tendulkar starred for India while Wahab Riaz five-for was well appreciated too.

Everytime Shahid Afridi threw the ball to Wahab Riyaz, the bowler produced a wicket. This time he got rid off Indian skipper MS Dhoni.

After four drop catches, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi was the one to catch Sachin Tendulkar for 85 who was cruising his way to his 100th ton.

Tendulkar had not had the best of times with the bat today. With drop catches, missed chances, Tendulkar is riding high on luck and in the process natched up another ODI fifty.

Lovely flight from Mohammed Hafeez did in set Gautam Gambhir who danced down the trick but missed the ball to be out stumped.

Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were playing sensible cricket, rotating strike with ease and were getting the odd boundary to keep the scoreboard moving along nicely.

What a brilliant over from Saeed Ajmal, beaten Tendulkar twice, on both occasion he was saved by the technology. He still holds on.

Wahab Riaz struck for Pakistan and sent back dangerous looking Virender Sehwag for 25.

Sehwag was spanking Pakistan's bowling spearhead Umar Gul to all corners of the ground and had given India a rollicking start.

India skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat first against arch rivals Pakistan in a make-or-break semi-finals in Mohali.

India team

V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni*†, SK Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, MM Patel, A Nehra

Pakistan team
Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal†, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi*, Abdul Razzaq, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal