No #7

The Financial Daily - - ECON­OMY & CON­TIN­U­A­TION -

Sonia Gandhi his son Rahul Gandhi and In­dian Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans also joined the two lead­ers dur­ing talks.

Prime Min­is­ter Gi­lani and his del­e­ga­tion at­tended a lunch hosted by In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Dr Man­mo­han Singh as the semi-fi­nal be­tween their cricket-teams con­tin­ued late night.

Gi­lani and Man­mo­han who wit­nessed the semi-fi­nal match be­tween the cricket teams of Pak­istan and In­dia also spent time to­gether at din­ner at the premises of Mo­hali Sta­dium.

The two prime min­is­ters have been to­gether since noon af­ter Gi­lani ar­rived in Chandi­garh on the invitation of his In­dian coun­ter­part to see to­gether the 'clash of their teams'.

Fur­ther­more, In­dia beat Pak­istan by 29 runs in the sec­ond World Cup semi-fi­nal Wed­nes­day and will take on Sri Lanka in Satur­day's fi­nal in Mumbai.

The 1983 cham­pi­ons posted 260-9 and then re­turned to bowl out their neigh­bors for 231 in 49.5 overs to spark ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tions at the Pun­jab Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Sta­dium.

Opt­ing to bat first, In­dia got off to a rol­lick­ing start and Sachin Ten­dulkar(85) got a se­ries of letoffs as well but Wa­hab Riaz's (5-46) five-wicket haul restricted the co-hosts to a rather mod­est to­tal.

Pak­istan got off to a de­cent start too but los­ing wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals de­nied them any sig­nif­i­cant part­ner­ships and bats­men such as Mo­ham­mad Hafeez (43) and Asad Shafiq (30) were guilty of throw­ing away their wick­ets at the most in­op­por­tune time. Mis­bahul Haq (56) of­fered some late re­sis­tance but it was not enough in the end. For In­dia, Yu­vraj Singh (2-57) made amends for his bat­ting fail­ure, while Harb­ha­jan Singh (2-43), Ashish Nehra (2-33), Za­heer Khan (2-58) and Mu­naf Pa­tel (2-40) also shone with the ball. -Agen­cies

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