Mohali: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Pakistan named an unchanged team from the lineup who beat West Indies in the quarter-finals while India brought in paceman Ashish Nehra for off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin.
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Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who will retire after the World Cup, was left out of the Pakistan XI.
The winner of the clash will meet Sri Lanka in Saturday’s final in Mumbai.
India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi (captain), Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived at the cricket stadium for witnessing the Indo-Pak World Cup semi final match and for talks with his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Accompanied by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, Singh drove to the stadium from the Chandigarh airport shortly on his arrival from Delhi.
The dignitaries were received at the stadium by ICC president and Union minister Sharad Pawar, Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Punjab Cricket Association chief I S Bindra and BCCI chief Shashank Manohar.