Fans and retired cricket players alike frequently reflect on Team India’s World Cup campaign in 2011. India won the World Cup under MS Dhoni’s leadership for the second time in team history, and the 2011 tournament marked the final World Cup appearance for the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. India had upset the reigning champions Australia in the quarterfinals on their way to winning the World Cup, but one of their most notable victories came against Pakistan in the next round in Mohali.

In the game, Tendulkar excelled with the bat, hitting 85 runs off 115 deliveries to help India post a respectable score of 260/9. In the run-chase, Pakistan lost early wickets but recovered control when skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal started to form what appeared to be a somewhat risky-looking partnership. When he was 21 years old, Akmal looked excellent as he smashed four and two sixes on his way to 28 off 24 balls.

At that point, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni suggested something for the spinner, Harbhajan Singh. The former off-spinner for India has shared what Dhoni said to him, which resulted in Harbhajan picking up a wicket with the very first ball of his subsequent over.

It was one of those games where I saw my nerves waning. I had bowled five overs and given up somewhere between 26 and 27 runs. Dhoni said to me, “Bhajju pa, aap vahan se daaloge,” during a water break (around the wicket). Both Misbah and Kamran (Umar) were doing admirably. In his recollection of the incident on Star Sports’ Dil se India, Harbhajan remarked, “And they were scoring runs and the partnership was getting dangerous.”

“I decided to bowl, and I thought about God. I simply prayed for success. And I was heard by God. I bowled around the wicket and was able to dismiss Kamran (Umar) Akmal with my first delivery. He failed to catch the ball at all.

After Akmal was dismissed, Pakistan’s batting order collapsed as the team lost star all-rounders Shahid Afridi (19) and Abdul Razzaq (3) cheaply. The little resistance came from Misbah (56), but ultimately the Men in Green were bowled out for 231 in 49.5 overs.