MOHALI, India, March 30 India beat Pakistan by
29 runs in the second World Cup semi-final on Wednesday and will
take on Sri Lanka in Saturday's final in Mumbai.
The 1983 champions posted 260-9 and then returned to bowl
out their neighbours for 231 in 49.5 overs to spark jubilant
celebrations at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Opting to bat first, India got off to a rollicking start and
Sachin Tendulkar (85) got a series of let-offs as well but Wahab
Riaz's (5-46) five-wicket haul restricted the co-hosts to a
rather modest total.
Pakistan got off to a decent start too but losing wickets at
regular intervals denied them any significant partnerships and
batsmen such as Mohammad Hafeez (43) and Asad Shafiq (30) were
guilty of throwing away their wickets at the most inopportune
Misbah-ul-Haq (56) offered some late resistance but it was
not enough in the end.
For India, Yuvraj Singh (2-57) made amends for his batting
failure, while Harbhajan Singh (2-43), Ashish Nehra (2-33),
Zaheer Khan (2-58) and Munaf Patel (2-40) also shone with the
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