Who would have predicted that: Wahab Riaz turns on heat in 2011 World Cup semi-final against India
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Before the all-important semi-final against India at the ICC World Cup 2011 in Mohali, the Pakistan management was faced with the tough choice of picking between Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz. The Men in Green went with Riaz and the pacer dished out the best performance of his ODI career, claiming figures of 5/46.
India 260/9 (50 overs) - Sachin Tendulkar 85 (115), Virender Sehwag 38 (25);Wahab Riaz 5/46(10), Saeed Ajmal 2/44 (10)
Pakistan 231 (49.5 overs) - Misbah-ul-Haq 56 (76), Mohammad Hafeez 43 (59); Ashish Nehra 2/33 (10), Munaf Patel 2/40 (10)
Result - India won by 29 runs
When Riaz was introduced into the attack for the first time, the Indian star opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were going well, on the verge of reaching the 50-run opening partnership. Riaz took the ball in 6th over and pinned Virender Sehwag in front of the sticks on the fifth ball of the over, dismissing the explosive opener for 38.
Riaz later accounted for the wicket of Virat Kohli in the 26th over as the young batsman was surprised with the steeply rising delivery. Yuvraj Singh was the next man to be dismissed who was sent back with a searing in-swinging yorker on the very first delivery he faced on his home ground.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni was the next to go who was also dismissed lbw. Zaheer Khan was the fifth scalp for Riaz as he picked up his best ODI figures of 5/46 and Pakistan were successful in restricting India to 264 - a pretty chaseable score.
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Virender Sehwag, 5.5 ov), 2-116 (Gautam Gambhir, 18.5 ov), 3-141 (Virat Kohli, 25.2 ov), 4-141 (Yuvraj Singh, 25.3 ov), 5-187 (Sachin Tendulkar, 36.6 ov), 6-205 (MS Dhoni, 41.4 ov), 7-236 (Harbhajan Singh, 46.4 ov), 8-256 (Zaheer Khan, 49.2 ov), 9-258 (Ashish Nehra, 49.5 ov)
However, his excellent bowling figures are not remembered as much because the Pakistan batsmen let down their fans that day. Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafiq played sensible knocks upfront but apart from the half-century from Misbah-ul-Haq, who also copped a lot of flak for the slow knock, there were no major performances from the Pakistan batsmen.
The Indian bowling comprising Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra shared the wickets equally as Pakistan were bowled out for 231, conceding a 29-run defeat.
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Kamran Akmal, 8.6 ov), 2-70 (Mohammad Hafeez, 15.3 ov), 3-103 (Asad Shafiq, 23.5 ov), 4-106 (Younis Khan, 25.4 ov), 5-142 (Umar Akmal, 33.1 ov), 6-150 (Abdul Razzaq, 36.2 ov), 7-184 (Shahid Afridi, 41.5 ov), 8-199 (Wahab Riaz, 44.5 ov), 9-208 (Umar Gul, 46.1 ov), 10-231 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 49.5 ov)
India - Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra
Pakistan - Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi (c), Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal
Match: IND vs PAK, Second semi-final, ICC World Cup 2011
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Toss: India won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Umpires: Simon Taufel, Ian Gould
Third Umpire: Billy Bowden
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle
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