India having won the toss decided to field on a pitch that was misread by everyone as a batsmen's paradise and would provide assistance to the seamers. Dhoni took out Ashwin and instead played Nehra who happens not to be in the best of form and confidence. However Dhoni's gamble payed off and Nehra to his credit looked like a different bowler and bowled some brilliant yokers in the death overs.
India started brilliantly with Sehwag getting into Umar Gul's mind and totally messing it up. He managed 21 runs of an over with 5 hits to the fence. The pitch by now looked like a total feather pitch but as soon as Wahab Riaz removed Sehwag and the spinners were introduced, the entire match turned with the ball gripping and turning. Sachin Tendulkar looked nervy and uncomfortable. He got an UDRS review to go his way, defying logic as everyone thought that he was a goner and the LBW shout looked plumb as ever. However it was missing the leg stick (maybe India will now start supporting the UDRS). Afridi who vowed that his team won't let Sachin hit his 100th International century did everything contrary to that as Sachin was put down not once but four times! The Akmal brothers contributing to half of that blame and the entire Pakistani team losing the moral battle against their keeper. However the skipper finally pouched Sachin and thanks to a small cameo by Raina, India got to a par score of 260. Wahab Riaz bowled the spell of his lifetime and one couldn't help but feel for the youngster in the end.