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What was special about Nasir Jamshed's knock was his resolute attitude, which meant that Pakistan ended up posting a healthy 250 despite suffering a middle order collapse. -File photo

Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan were the heroes yet again as Pakistan handed India a comprehensive 85-run defeat at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, and sealed the three-match series 2-0.


The tourists' total of 250 in the second ODI proved enough as India managed just 165 in reply.

As expected, Pakistan’s bowlers easily outshined India’s. What was not so predictable, however, was another solid performance by Misbah-ul-Haq’s batting line, which not only upstaged MS Dhoni’s celebrated order but also provided the one-two combo to give Pakistan a clinical series win.

The clinical bit, it can be safely said, has also comes as a bit of a pleasant surprise. It is not often very often one also sees a very reliable fielding effort by Pakistan to go with the runs and wickets. Morale and energy were also commendable and clearly the visitors had a few more miles in them than the home side.

It started with Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez coming out to bat as if they already had fifty in the bank and gained a psychological edge very early on.

While Hafeez succumbed in the same vein at 76 off 74 balls, Jamshed kicked on to stretch his tally to 106 off 124 balls. What was special about this knock by the left-handed opener was his resolute attitude, which meant that Pakistan ended up posting a healthy 250 despite suffering a middle order collapse.

In the last couple of games, Shoaib Malik’s assured presence in the middle has provided the perfect foil to the batting line which is prone to sliding often. Although his 24 runs in Kolkata may not seem as massive on the scoreboard, his stay at the crease shielded the tail for a bit longer even as they were eventually wiped out in 48.3 overs.

The chase from India was a strange one as Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag both struggled against the steepling bounce and swing of Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan.

Sehwag, clearly under pressure, was very much unlike himself, and it seems he can no longer just rely on hand-eye coordination. Gambhir followed a similar fate. His 11 from 25 balls seemed the most indecisive knock for a batsman of his caliber. Junaid ended his misery and also accounted for Virat Kohli (6) through a brilliant diving catch by Kamran Akmal behind the stumps. Umar Gul ended Sehwag (31) and Yuvraj Singh’s (9) stay.

At 4-70 it was always going to be tough and, perhaps, Dhoni, India’s best batsman in the series, should have come in earlier. His 54 from 89 was a resigned innings at best and his few adventurous strokes at the end could have come in a little earlier.

Dhoni’s ‘tuk-tuk’ just delayed the inevitable as Junaid returned to clean up Ishant Sharma and end with match figures of 9-39-3. With the win, Pakistan maintained their unblemished record against India at Eden Gardens, and have now made it four out of four. They also became the only side other than Australia to hand India a home series defeat in ODIs in the previous 10 years.

The two teams will now head to New Delhi for the third ODI, where Pakistan can further test its bench, a fast bowler in Anwar Ali and a talented left-handed batsman in Haris Sohail.

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January 3, 2013 8:16 pm
Congratulations to Pakistan for a comprehensive win, India needs to improve a lot, prepare appropriate pitches to train good bowlers and train batsmen as well to face good swing bowling. This has been a long standing issue, cannot understand why BCCI has continued to ignore it, flat dead wickets are no good for future of Indian cricket.
January 4, 2013 3:09 am
failed to understand why junaid didnt play in t20 matches?? is sohail tanvir better bowler than him ?? strange
January 3, 2013 10:53 pm
As Pakistani, I loved watching Dhoni's performance. Pakistani Team won the game while they couldn't drop Dhoni's wicket. Time to time, India had star batsmen and I guess this is his time to shine. Certainly one person can not win the game and the whole team had to work together. Pakistani team is getting better and better in every field. We still need to work on our batting performance. In history every strong team had a strong bating lineup and the bowlers automatically get advantage of it. Pakistan has excellent talent but we were lacking coaching. With current coaches, this team will improve and shine even more. God bless all.
January 3, 2013 8:40 pm
congrx pakistan
January 3, 2013 6:33 pm
been watching cricket for last 20 years and have never seen such a beleaguered indian team for a long time. even under ganguly we have lost in many occasions but atleast they used to put up some fight...what happened to my team ? their shoulders have dropped even before the first ball that was i am afraid even the english kids are also going to thrash us just like misbah's men did...nevertheless well done pakistan...u played better cricket and have beat us in all 3 departments...
January 3, 2013 6:34 pm
Please look out for highlights of ODI once again and watch out outstanding keeping of Kamran Akmal.Just don't hate some body by their name.Umar Akmal would have been better suited to ODI than Azhar Ali .Sohaib Malik has already settled down.
Junaid Hashmat
January 3, 2013 7:33 pm
Kamli badnam hovi Dhoni tery leay ! ;)
January 3, 2013 7:23 pm
Great work Pakistan!!!! Nasir and Hafeez played a superb knock. Pakistani bowlers did a good job getting India all out. Lets win the next match too!!!!! Though Kamran Akmal messed up on the batting again, he redeemed himself by taking some good catches. I think we should not make any changes in the third ODI.
January 3, 2013 8:10 pm
Well done Team GREEN. We are proud of you.
January 3, 2013 8:12 pm
Happy New Year and very best wished for 2013 to the entire team, what a wonderful performance, Pakistan has a very good bowling attack, but how potent it is, can be gauged from the fact that celebrated Indian batting line-up folded like a deck of cards. Pakistan selectors should allow this combination to settle down except for a couple of changes Akmal brothers, even though Kamran was good behind the stumps in this match but he is not reliable also Umer has not justified his selection, he has been given too many chances. Misbah, the captain was the weakest link in every aspect of the game with fielding lapses and poor batting display he is not the type to lead from the front he is just lucky to have high class bowling attack in the team otherwise there is nothing exceptional about him.
January 4, 2013 4:36 am
Congratulation to Pakistani team I Pray that Pak will Win third ODI also All The best
January 3, 2013 9:27 pm
Good job, Pakistan. Well played! India really needs to revamp their team. All this focus on Sachin needing to be replaced. So now, what’s the excuse?
January 3, 2013 6:52 pm
Congratulations Pakistan. The better team won. Well played.
January 3, 2013 9:48 pm
Shielding from Akmal brothers would be a tough ask, as they are already in the team -:)
January 3, 2013 6:57 pm
Don't forget Saeed Ajmal.
January 3, 2013 6:27 pm
Thanks and welldone dave watmore, and congratulations paki boys. great win for all of us against Bharati boys.
January 3, 2013 6:23 pm
match was fixed
January 3, 2013 6:22 pm
The report is like a rubbish. the team has no need to Shoib Malik. You say for him the middle order is stronger. but you don't say that what happen if N Jamshed do 24 runs. this is Pak all out 165 runs.
Haider Kanji
January 3, 2013 6:18 pm
I fully agree. Sincerity, honesty & devotion to your country is most important goal if you want to achieve goal. Bravo Pakistan, I salute the team spirit, honesty and unity.
Mike Ghaous
January 3, 2013 11:14 pm
Congrats Greens, the coach & the mentors. Wow.....A huge slap to Skeptics calling them 'homeless' etc. The guys are really someting beating the odds.... superb ... Bravo
Capt C M Khan
January 3, 2013 11:17 pm
No Afdridi....No U/Akmal...Pakistan had to win...Love the tour selection team...Happy Happy Happy
Capt C M Khan
January 3, 2013 11:19 pm
No Afridi...No Umar Akmal....Pakistan had to win...Happy Happy Happy. Well done tour selection team.
January 3, 2013 6:53 pm
Agree with you pal. They need to take a course on how Not to blow your career away....
January 4, 2013 8:35 am
Absolutely, we India and Pakistan need to play more cricket, because it strengthens both team, you wont get tougher conditions in than pakistan playing against india, the pressure and all that, it build physical and mental strength of the players, the temperament and brings maturity. these two should play more, to get better and better along the way.
January 4, 2013 12:46 am
This also shows the damage 'Sifarish' culture has done on Pak cricket. Players like Nasir Jamshedpur were kept out to accommodate Imran Farhat who is son in law of a PCB official. Also Sohail Tnaveer kept playing inspire of terrible performance just because he is relative of a PPP minister and that meant no match opportunity for Junaid. Imran Farhat and Sohail Tanveer were still sent to India, they should be banned from cricket before the politics spoil career of Nasir Jamshed and Juaid
January 4, 2013 2:03 am
Right... I remember the last tournament that Team India with Dhoni did full dhulai of Pakistani Team. Even mussharaf was gaga about Dhoni :) then.
Fahad Azam
January 4, 2013 4:45 am
agree with kricketwals ... tendulkalr, laxman, dravid, ganguly as well as virendar sehwag .. sehwag was always techinically on the weak side but had brilliant reflexes and eye hand co ordination ... with age not on his side anymore, his reflexes are fast slowing down, resulting in dismal performances consistently ..... indian bolwing has always been a concern and now with these big batters not in the team anymore, this bowling weakness will only be exposed more...
January 4, 2013 5:15 am
NJ is reminding Saeed Anwar
Vairamuthu (Coimbatore, India)
January 4, 2013 8:16 am
Hi Ali, if that is the case then it is really terrible. What a talent Nasir and Junaid have. Hope politics stay out of India and Pakistan cricket teams.
Mohsin Khan
January 4, 2013 6:12 am
wonderful victory for Pakistan. And a message to all the critics here who are against Inzimam.
January 4, 2013 10:41 am
This is a trial and test mode for India...everything is not bad for indian cricket...Look at under 19 cricket world cup which India won in Australia....this proves we have good young blood coming in. we beat pakistan in the under 19 world cup...I think junaid is a very good bowler but Indian batsmen got out due to their mistake..virat was unlucky 9 out of 10 time he would hit that ball for a four...gambhir played on to a ball that was way outside the OFF stump...
January 4, 2013 3:05 pm
Great cricket by ' Professional ' Pakistan. ! Congrats ! See the fun soon. Now the IPL will make all forget this loss. See how all unfit and out of form players will be fighting fit and performing. IPL is the main culprit.
January 3, 2013 8:22 pm
Well done both teams on what has been an entertaining series so far and a deserved victory for Pakistan. Nice to see the likes of Hafeez and Malik showing match maturity. I think cricketers tend to come of age at 30. The Akmal's need to take note before the opportunities and talent pass them by. Jamshaid and Junaid have been the find of this tournament. The Indian’s are simply going through a transition stage. No team will be able to cope with the retirement of so many world class batsmen in the space of 12 months. Nice to see Kumar coming through the ranks. It does look bleak for the moment. Certainly have some decent batsmen coming through but need to build up their experience. India certainly need to change their pitch strategy to encourage fast bowlers. We need a strong Pakistan and India. We need more games between the two to be on par with the ashes series.
January 4, 2013 10:49 am
Our selectors when they sit for selecting team India, in fact they forget they are selecting Indian team,they have interest of their zone,if Indian team is to be selected, select the best irrespective if all players are from one zone.Afte all they representing India
January 4, 2013 11:32 am
:-) Now that is profound.....
January 4, 2013 12:09 am
Well done heroes. Pakis you should maintain the victory. Congratulations.
January 4, 2013 8:50 am
Mohammad Amir should be asked to leave the country for bringing bad name to the country! Playing again for Pakistan should not even be a consideration for Amir. You cannot get away by saying I was under age at that time!
January 3, 2013 7:49 pm
Go Boys Go u deserve the from Pakistani Peopl.Keep up Blessing Of Allah on all the members of the team.
Aqil Siddiqi
January 4, 2013 12:05 am
I really hope so. If Amir can come back in a year or two, I don't think, there will be a team in the world, who can beat Pakistan. PCB should really get thier focus on bringing back Mohammad Amir.
January 3, 2013 6:05 pm
Dear sir, From 142/0 to 250 all out must ring some alarms as Azhar, Yunus and tuk tuk king Misbah got out. May be Michael Hussey has left another good example for Misbah, Yunus and others to retire when their time is up. Last match in Delhi has given golden opportunity to test Anwar Ali and Haris Sohail in place of Mohamed Irfan and Yunus Khan. Many thanks, Hyder Ali
January 3, 2013 6:17 pm
Afridi's absenece is not felt. Good team effort !!!
January 4, 2013 8:43 am
Pakistan team deserves all the credit in the world for an excellent series. Their team work and individual contributions made this series win so easy. My heartiest congratulations. I do hope that Indian cricket board and players rethink about the way they are making cricket game a money making process. It is time to bring 'cricket game' back to the drawing board and start all over gain. Ban IPL games please. Until and unless we do that, Indian cricket will have no future.
January 4, 2013 11:58 am
Someone here said,Nasir jamshed = Saeed Anwar.. Infact, NJ is just a Passing cloud in front of Anwar..he has to show some quality against Aus,eng & SA bolwers to prove he is Anwar's class..
Vairamuthu (Coimbatore, India)
January 4, 2013 8:14 am
Congratulations to Pakistan team. Pakistan, according to my view, prevailed India in this series due to Mohd Irfan and Junaid. Fantastic bowling display. I wonder how they would bowl in SA and Australia and England.
Col Hazir
January 4, 2013 2:58 am
I fully agree on this points that we have talent & resources which must be fully harnessed. Beside,these youngster should be kept away from Akmal Brothers & Co. In fact,time has come that we should put strong foot to curb betting in cricket. We have achieved good standards in cricket after years of hard work. It must not be frittered away by the PCB.
Ravi Arora
January 4, 2013 12:26 pm
Hi Ali,I am Ravi from India,politics prevails in Indian team selection also. Look A.Rahane is very talented batsman and suited for ODI as well as T20s but his selection is always over looked . Non performers like Rohit Sharma are tried time and again. Ravi Arora Mumbai
January 3, 2013 5:54 pm
This is a pleasant surprise and a much needed series victory after losing to India at critical junctures since 2011 World Cup. I am hoping that Haris Sohail (Azhar Ali) and Anwar Ali (Mohd. Irfan) will be given a chance in the last ODI. Big tour of SA is coming up and Pakistan needs what they can get.
January 4, 2013 7:00 am
Pakistan should now give the chance to Haris Sohail inplace of Azhar Ali. Misbah and Azhar Ali should retire from ODI and only limit and focus for Test Cricket..
January 3, 2013 5:28 pm
I agree.
January 3, 2013 5:20 pm
besides all the coaching - team management should put these new bolwers in quarantine and well away from butt's, asif's, akmal brothers and any one else who could again spoil their careers........
January 3, 2013 5:14 pm
It's all down hill for team India against the top teams from this point on. Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid and Ganguly are very big shoes to fill and the new generation cricketers are technically flawed and mentally weak. To make matters worse, Indian bowling is also pedestrtian. Indian fans just need to get used to it, they are in for a ride of disappointments for a long time.
January 3, 2013 5:12 pm
Great Win. Hopefully NJ keep Performing like that as he already nearing 1000 runs in just 21 Match unlike some senior players for example Kamran Akmal not even cross 3K run barriers after around 140+ matches. Keep it up all young guns..God Bless Pakistan
January 3, 2013 5:01 pm
The difference is Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshaid, Junaid Khan & Shoaib Malik. Junaid is new asset of pakistan and he should get good coaching so that he can quickly be a shining start of world cricket. Mohammad Irfan need lot of work, he only use pace. He need more coaching otherwise he will not be able to beat batsmen and can be very expensive Any way, very happy with Pakistani Performance. Good luck for third match and win it too.
Goga Nalaik
January 3, 2013 5:01 pm
Bravo guys ... Beating India IN India has a special taste ! One of you guys should revive the glorious knok of Afridi in Delhi with 12 sixes. I count on you :)
hamid Shafiq
January 4, 2013 10:34 am
a good days come back pakistan world champion in snooker asian champion hockey and cricket upset defeat to india.
January 4, 2013 11:07 am
Earlier it was two W's and now a days, its two J's. weldone Team Pakistan!!
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