On this day in 2011: India beat Pakistan to march into WC final


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On this day in 2011: India beat Pakistan to march into WC final

Mohali, March 30 (IANS) On this day in 2011, India continued their supremacy over Pakistan in ICC tournaments and stormed into the final of the World Cup by beating the arch-rivals by 29 runs here.

Sachin Tendulkar, who went into the match chasing his 100th international hundred, led India's charge with a stroke-filled 85 as India put up 260/9 after electing to bat first. Besides Tendulkar, Suresh Raina's cameo of 36 took India's total to 260 after the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and skipper M.S. Dhoni failed to get going.

Tendulkar was given four lives by Pakistani fielders for whom Wahab Riaz returned best figures of 5/46.

Chasing 261, the Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan side saw Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez put on 44 runs for the first wicket, but Zaheer Khan drew first blood in the ninth over as he sent Akmal (19) back.

After Akmal's dismissal, Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were never in with a chance as Indian bowlers fired in unision.

Pakistan were bundled out for 231, handing the Indian side a win by 29 runs.

The Dhoni-led side eventually went on to lift its second 50-over title as the side defeated Sri Lanka in the final on April 2 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.