Tendulkar was then on 45 and this happened just after the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir and so it was a seminal moment. Then it was Kamran Akmal's turn to play Santa Claus to Tendulkar dropping a difficult catch behind the wicket when he was 70. This happened shortly after Wahab Riaz dismissing Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh with successive deliveries and so its importance cannot be overemphasized.
And finally Umar Akmal put him down at 81 off Hafeez's bowling. The first three catches were all off Afridi's bowling and it seemed poetic justice that the Pakistan captain should finally take the catch to send Tendulkar back to the pavilion.
But the fact that Tendulkar went on to score 58 more runs after the first dropped catch while the final margin of victory and defeat was 29 runs best illustrates the fact that it was the missed catches that ultimately cost Pakistan a place in the World Cup final.Image: Pakistan captain Shahid Afrid reacts after a missed catch off his bowling during the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Full Coverage: World Cup 2011