Pakistan had a great chance of beating India in the 2011 WC semi-final in Mohali. India set up a formidable target of 260 runs and Pakistan at one stage were cruising at 70 for one in fifteen overs. In the last five powerplay overs from 45 – 50 , Pakistan needed nearly 60 runs with Misbah UL Haq at one end but the men in green lost the game by 29 runs.
Critics have often pointed out that Misbah played too slow in that innings. The batsman made 56 runs of 76 balls with five fours and one six. Shoaib Akhtar asked Misbah Ul Haq on his Youtube Channel the reason for playing slow in that all important match.
“The pitch and conditions in Mohali were tough. When the ball became old, it started to grip and reverse too. Scoring the runs was difficult later on. Sachin managed about 83 runs from 113 balls. After scoring a quickfire 50 in the first four overs, India was struggling. We were also able to score quickly in the beginning and scored nearly 80 runs in the first fifteen overs for the loss of just one wicket. As soon as Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh came and the ball reversing too, it got difficult. Either we could have played in the air or tried to extract runs by playing along the ground.”
“We were targeting the batting powerplay which was mandatory at the end. We had scored nearly 70 runs in that World Cup in the last powerplay and we gave ourselves the idea of doing that same in the semi-final against India.”
“I played close to two overs only in the last batting powerplay. I was not able to play three overs and we lost the game by 22 or 23 runs approximately. And also the fact that there was no one at the other end also. So I tell these things to people that conditions makes it difficult for batting.”