Tendulkar got the Man of the Match award and the maximum attention but the highest impact player of the high-voltage 2011 World Cup semi-final was the left-arm Pakistani seamer, Wahab Riaz.

Tendulkar scored 85 off 115 balls opening the innings helping India put together a competitive 260. The second highest score in the innings was 38 by Sehwag. As it turned out, Pakistan were cleaned up for 231.

Tendulkar was the highest scorer of the match and kept the Indian innings together even as the middle-order (the likes of Kohli and Yuvraj) failed. His ability to forge partnerships came forth in the innings. But he was still the second highest impact player of the match behind Wahab Riaz.

Wahab Riaz gave Pakistan the initial breakthrough getting rid of Sehwag. He then got rid of Kohli and Yuvraj off successive deliveries in the 26th over when India were cruising and looked set for a 300-plus score (from 141-2 to 141-4 in the 26th over). He then accounted for Dhoni in the 42nd over just when the Indian skipper, along with Raina looked to launch the offensive on the Pakistani attack. His spell of 5-46 off 10 overs was largely the reason India were restricted to 260.

 

 

Nikhil Narain

NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016