South Asia’s bitter rivals Pakistan and India are meeting again on the cricket ground, marking a gradual thaw in their decades-old rivalry. The first bilateral series between India and Pakistan since November 2007, comprising two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals, began on December 25, with Pakistan winning the first T20 by five wickets in a close encounter but India levelled the series with an 11-run win.
Pakistan sealed the series after winning the first ODI in Chennai by six wickets and recording a comprehensive 85-run win at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Pakistan and India face-off in the third ODI today at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
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INDIA WIN BY 10 RUNS
What an over! Hafeez hits a couple of boundaries to keep Pakistan alive, Ishant Sharma bowls a no ball for height and misses the easiest of run outs and Hafeez hits the following delivery to Yuvraj at short mid on! India win by 10 runs and ensure there is no clean sweep for Pakistan. What a match!
Hafeez comes out to play a chip over short leg but Sharma bowls a wide.
An over from Sharma and then from Shami. Hafeez to face. Pakistan need 23 runs. No way but to hit their way to the end. Hafeez hits straight to mid off and there's a misfiled but Hafeez doesn't run to retain the strike.
Pakistan do what only they can. Junaid Khan comes in, pushes it forward and Suresh Raina dives to make the save but Junaid is already half-way down the pitch to be run out with a great direct hit from Raina. Pakistan need 23 from 14 balls
Ajmal goes! The pressure results in Shami Ahmed's first wicket in international cricket as Ajmal tries to glide the ball down to third man but is caught behind.
Ajmal is hit in the chest and runs away for a bye. Pakistan in quite a bit of trouble here now...
WICKET! Gul hoicks it towards long on in his usual style but is caught out by Jadeja. India are getting more and more confident as the match nears its end. Saeed Ajmal in now. He's shone with the ball for Pakistan but can he do it with the bat?
Ishant Sharma comes on to bowl the fourth last over. Blocked straight back to the bowler by Gul. The run rate has gone over six for the first time.
Jadeja comes on to bowl his last over and he's maintain the pressure by not allowing the batsmen to score. Three dot deliveries followed by a leg bye. Shami Ahmed has two overs left, as does Ishant Sharma. Jadeja ends with 10-19-1.
Hafeez hits straight towards point so no run from the first delivery but a wide delivery next up is placed well for a couple. The crowd is staying until the end for this one, unlike the first two ODIs where the one-sided games resulted in empty seats towards the end. Four dot balls from Shami and Hafeez is back under pressure. 143-6
Three singles from Ashwin's last over . A big appeal for lbw but it hits Gul on the thigh pad. 27 required now...
Gul releases some pressure by hitting a four towards square after three dot deliveries in Shami's over. A bouncer to end the over. Gul backs out but Shami follows to hit him on the helmet. Gul goes down but is back up on a spring. 30 required from 42 balls. Four wickets in hand.
Hafeez plays a shot towards mid wicket right into Rahane's hands who fumbles with the ball and drops it. Pakistan 134 for 6.
Umar Gul chips Shami Ahmed's delivery past long off for a four. Pakistan need 38 runs with 54 balls remaning.
And Jadeja gets his first. Umar Akmal gone for 25 - comes out to play and is stumped by Dhoni. Pakistan making things difficult for themselves. Umar Gul comes in and does not score any off the remaining over. Pakistan 125 for the loss of six wickets.
A single from Hafeez towards fine leg is the only run scored in Ishant Sharma's over. Getting a bit tense as the difference between runs required and balls remaining gets smaller.
Jadeja hops around appealing, in search for his first wicket but it is not to be. Umar Akmal plays a risky shot over the fielders at midwicket but it lands safely and the batsmen run two. 123-5 off 38.
The over ends with Pakistan requiring 48 runs from 78 deliveries. Umar Akmal on 23 and Hafeez on 1.
Ishant Sharma replaces Ashwin, who has two overs left. Malik pushes one through the off side for a four but is given out lbw two deliveries later. The ball came in quite a bit but Bowden was convinced. Hafeez is forced to come out to bat.
Pakistan take the batting powerplay but will try not to take any risks. Some good inner-circle fielding by India but Malik finally gets a run by lifting one over the covers for a single in Jadeja's seventh over.