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India vs Pakistan: Dhoni wins toss, elects to bat

Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 13:41 [IST]
 
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Mohali, Mar 30: In the second semi-final of the World Cup 2011, at Mohali, India have won the all-important toss and not surprisingly have decided to bat first. (Scorecard), (Ball by Ball), (Commentary) (Pictures)

India win toss, elect to bat

Although Mohali is known to have a strip that largely favours batting, a fair bit of rain on the eve of this clash has left the pitch a little moist and perhaps conducive for seam bowling.

Perhaps playing on the mind of Indian captain M S Dhoni is the fact that in India's last encounter against Pakistan at this ground (which was in 2007), the home side scored a mammoth 322, only to end up losing the match by 3 wickets.

Contrary to expectations, veteran Pakistani paceman Shoiab Akhtar will not be playing today's match. Fans have been eagerly anticipating a Shoib-Sachin clash which won't be taking place now. In the Indian side, Ashish Nehra comes in for R Ahwin.

India playing XI: MS Dhoni(c)(wk), V Sehwag, G Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, V Kohli, A Nehra, MM Patel, SK Raina, SR Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh

Pakistan playing XI: Shahid Afridi(C), Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal(wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Akmal(wk), Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan

Weather: Hot and Humid with no chances of rain

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Ground, Mohali

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