Most of the wickets were taken by fast bowlers. In particular, the left-arm fast bowler named Gweena Mapaga had taken 18 wickets in 5 matches. In this semi-final match as well, he took the wicket of Adarsh Singh, the opener of the Indian team, in the very first ball of the innings and started India’s struggle.
32-4 is the type of situation that can make a team mentally depressed. Uday and Sachin formed an alliance at such a time. They realized that success lies in how long the match lasts until the last over. Also, in the last match against Nepal, the duo had put together a partnership of 200+ runs. Sachin had scored a century. The challenge is to form a partnership of equal intensity in this tournament. Both complemented each other and built the innings with good maturity. Sachin bowled a little faster shots and scored a run on Run a Ball, standing up and making sure no wickets fell at the other end.
From this mature approach, no moment of the game was missed. Both had batted together for almost two to two and a half hours. Nowhere was the immaturity of that age evident. Both were eliminated after the match was switched to India’s side. Sachin’s 96 off 95 balls with 11 fours and 1 six fell short of his century. But, in general, both played the most important game of the World Cup.