The semifinal clash would see hosts, India, and their neighbours, Pakistan, battle against each other on March 30 at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium in Mohali.
Tickets for the near-28,000 capacity stadium were sold out in a record day-and-a-half, with PCA officials claiming that 16,500 tickets were sold and the remainder were sold to ICC, who in turn would be issuing tickets to its guests and officials.
India and Pakistan have played each other four times in past world cups and each time India has emerged victorious against their fiercest rivals. Proceedings in the matches themselves have been nothing short of hugely entertaining and even now images of the clash in 1996 when Pakistani opener Aamir Sohail carted two successive boundaries off Venkatesh Prasad, showing him the bat and then Prasad clean bowling him off the very next delivery still come to mind.
The 2003-edition clash between India and Pakistan saw the current opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag wreak havoc on the Pakistani pace attack as they thoroughly dismantled them hitting 53 runs in the opening five overs. The image of Sachin majestically lifting a Shoaib Akhtar-delivery over the ropes and following up with two hits to the boundary in the first over itself still lingers fresh in fans' minds.
So, in what could well be the last time Sachin, the greatest cricketer of all time, wields his mighty bat against Pakistani bowling, the semifinal is being viewed as the maestro's swansong and his last chance to add the only piece of silverware missing from the mantle in his display board, that of being a world champion.
For a country which follows cricket like a religion, the gratification received by having put one over their adversaries on the march to the final in Mumbai on April 2 would be a great joy for every Team India fans.
Source - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/See-you-in-Mohali/articleshow/7783527.cms
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