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Pakistan seal series with clinical win at Eden Gardens

Published Jan 03, 2013 09:38am


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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 won the first of the three ODIs in Chennai by six wickets while the second ODI gets underway today at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Stick around as brings all the action  analysis  from the match.

Readers are invited to be share their input and analysis, set the field, live commentate, share pictures, predict the outcome of the match. Have your say as Pakistan takes on India in what promises to be a cracking showdown.

PREVIEW: Pakistan look to shutout flagging India at Eden Gardens  Kolkata ODI sold out, says CAB official

19:11 PST:

That's it! Junaid goes through Ishant Sharma and he finishes with 9-39-3.  Pakistan win by a whopping 85 runs. Nasir Jamshed has rightfully been adjudged man of the match for his 124-ball 106. As predicted before the series, it was a battle of Pakistan's fast bowlers against India's solid batting line, but the difference this time was that the Pakistani batsmen also out-shined the hosts'. Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, all looked solid. Malik has stepped up in the most timely of manners and should strengthen his case as a regular in Pakistan's limited-overs side.

19:09 PST:

Dhoni reaches his fifty, his 9th against Pakistan and remain unbeaten on 54 off 89 balls. He should have ideally come in place of Raina and has easily looked like the best Indian batsman in the series so far.

19:01 PST:

The teams just going through the motions, stretching the inevitable. Dhoni breaks the silence! What a shot, typical Dhoni short-arm jab over long-on, Junaid wakes up. The exciting bit about this impending series win for Pakistan is no doubt the resurgence of its fast bowling unit. Junaid, Gul and Irfan have all fired, great lengths and just the right amount of aggression. Anwar Ali yet to used on this tour and perhaps Misbah can give him a shot in the 3rd ODI. Haris Sohail and Zulfiqar Babar, may also make the cut if Pakistan are looking to test things out before their next big assignment in South Africa. India 149/9 in 46.

18:41 PST:

Dhoni just nudging it around, not attempting any singles either. Perhaps he has been left deflated, maybe pissed, by the effort of his much-vaunted top-order. Gambhir and Sehwag simply failed to get out of the blocks, putting pressure on the rest of the batsmen to come. What will become of this performance with Dhoni already under the cosh? India hanging at 139/9 in 43.

18:32 PST:

Ajmal strikes! He finally gets on the sheet after flying low on the tour so far! Three in the over! Jadeja goes first, caught by Junaid at mid-on who leaps to take that one while Kumar and Dinda are trapped right in front! Ajmal 8-19-3. India 132/9 in 40.

18:22 PST:

Junaid Khan has 3 left, Irfan 2, Gul 5 and Ajmal 4. Misbah has plenty of options for when Dhoni and Jadeja decide to go for it. India reach 125/6 in 38.

18:18 PST:

Dhoni has hardly broken a sweat over here, he has been joined by Jadeja who would be looking to provide support to the captain. Deep inside Pakistan will know that Dhoni is still capable of pulling this one off. India 121/6 in 37.

17:53 PST:

He does even better! The struggling Ashwin dances down the pitch and misses Malik's slider, Akmal does the rest. Ashwin consumed 22 balls for his 3 runs and why Jadeja was held back on Dhoni can tell. India 103/6 in 32.

17:51 PST:

Misbah brings on Malik now. The way the pitch is playing, he could do a similar job to that of Hafeez.

17:47 PST:

Hafeez's contribution with the ball turning out to be as valuable as his 76 runs earlier. His 8 overs have gone for just 19 and fetched the important wicket of Raina.

17:39 PST:

And the partnership is broken. Raina stumped off Hafeez. Tried to work that one through the offside, dragged his foot out and was found inches short by a rapid responder Kamran Akmal behind the stumps.  Referred to the third umpire and is given out. India five down.

17:31 PST:

Saeed Ajmal comes into the attack and India score a couple of singles off the over. Are the hosts struggling? 91 for four after 25 overs. Dhoni's partnership stands at 23 runs off 39 balls.

17:20 PST:

Hafeez and Irfan keeping India at bay - for now. Five runs off the last two overs. India 85 for four in 23. Hafeez has conceded 12 runs from his five overs.

17:14 PST:

Mohammad Hafeez concedes just one run and in the next over Gul bowls a bouncer which goes over Raina's head for a four past a lunging Kamran Akmal. India 80 with four wickets down after 21 overs.

17:08 PST:

Yuvraj now goes, the short stuff from Gul works as the batsman finds himself too early into the shot and only manages edge that pull shot to the Akmal. Idia 70/4 in 19. Gul 4-10-2 as MS Dhoni, walks in. Can he repeat his marathon effort from Chennai?

17:01 PST:

Gul following Irfan's mode of operation and pitching it short to both Yuvraj and Raina, who are camped well and truly on the backfoot. IND 64/3  in 17. Hafeez continues, Ajmal yet to bowl.

16:51 PST:

Gul strikes! Sehwag walks back after being trapped in front, his were the most painful 31 in recent times, very unlike the Viru of old. When he gets going he doesn't need to move the feet, just stands and delivers but that clearly found him wanting today. India 59/3 in 15 overs. Suresh Raina walks in now.

16:37 PST:

Kohli goes, Junaid takes another one! It was a wide down the leg, Kohli played off his hip and Akmal pulled off a stunning diving catch behind the stumps. Yuvraj is the new man and Hafeez comes into the attack. India 55/2 in 12.

16:30 PST:

Finally, Junaid manages to get through Gambhir, who inside edges it onto his stumps. Gambhir was struggling to get going all along, beaten on several occasions but his misery ends for 11 off 25 balls. Virat Kohli, injured in the last game, now walks in and will be looking to shed away a recent dry run. He survives a runout opportunity right away, would have been well short of his ground had Hafeez hit, instead the ball runs away for 5 overthrows. India 53/1 in 11.

16:20 PST:

Sehwag survives a LBW appeal off Junaid and then a ripsnorter from Irfan in the next over, the ball trickles down to the gully region. Irfan extracting great bounce from this flattish-looking track, enough to make some of the greats in the Caribbean quite proud. India reach 40/0 in 9 overs.

16:09 PST:

Irfan gets his first warning for running on the pitch in his follow through as India continue to grind it out. The bowler changes his line of attack and comes around the wicket, though with his height he won't have the advantage of creeping from behind the umpire as Wasim Akram sometimes used to do. India 35/0 in 7.

16:00 PST:

Gambhir and Sehwag continue to play and miss and squeeze a boundary here and there. Junaid and Irfan have been bowling great lines, the pitch is providing some fizz but not much reward. India move to 27/0 in 5 overs.

15:51 PST:

Junaid appeals for an lbw but it is turned down. Two wides and runs in that over - India 12 for no loss after two.

15: 43 PST:

The first over sees four leg byes as Gambhir and Sehwag take a single each in the first over. Junaid Khan to bowl next.

1538 PST:

The Indian openers are out for the chase. Virender Sehwag, who has been out of form for a while, will relish the chance of scoring on this pitch in chase of a reasonable total. Mohammad Irfan opens the bowling for Pakistan.

14:54 PST:

Pakistan fail to complete their 50 overs after threatening to run away with the game at one point. It was a great start by Mohammad Hafeez (76) and Nasir Jamshed (1o6), the former throwing away a great start while the latter kicked on to score his second ton in as many games. India pulled things back really well, led by Ravindra Jadeja who ended with 10-41-3. It was a sticky pitch, with the spinners hard to get away but pace will suit the batsmen. Misbah should gamble with the option of starting with Hafeez as the Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag look to shed away a lean patch.  Score: PAK 250 in 48.3.

14:51 PST:

Ajmal picks Kumar for a boundary with a delightful paddle towards fine leg but falls in the same over attempting a Vivian Richards-type hook. He provided good support to Gul who fell in the next over, cleaned up by Ishant. Pakistan to 250/8 in 48.1.

14:45 PST:

Ishant Sharma gets Malik with a slower one, squeezed straight into the hands of Yuvraj Singh in the circle. Pakistan will end up well below par here and their main target right now should be to see out the fifty over. Saeed Ajmal joins Gul as Pakistan reach 243/7 in 47.

14:31 PST:

Umar Gul hits Jadeja over mid wicket for a big six, one of the cleanest strikers of the balls he is, almost like brush strokes those hits. Pakistan take 8 from Jadeja's final over who finishes at 10-41-3. PAK 228/6 in 44.

14:29 PST:

Yuvraj Singh's, called upon in the 43rd over goes for plenty! Puzzling move by Dhoni as Malik takes two boundaries from that to put Pakistan at 220/6 in 43.

14:24 PST:

Kamran Akmal comes and goes, so much for that. Pakistan's long tail starts! Akmal attempted a drive on the up off Jadeja, ended up edging to first slip. Dhoni's move to get Jadeja in ahead of Rohit Sharma turning out to be priceless! Pakistan 210/6 in 42.

14:18 PST:

Jamshed falls just at the wrong time. The batsman charged at Jadeja and end up yorking himself, Dhoni missed but got his man on the second attempt. Pakistan have run their great start to the ground here, a realistic total now should be 260. Pakistan 210/4 in 41.1.

14:15 PST:

Jamshed brings up his century with a boundary over Ashwin's head! Another great innings to follow his match-winning knock at Chennai. The powerplay fetched 26/1 in 5. Malik looks solid as well, Pakistan need to kick on now. PAK 210/4 in 41

13: 55 PST:

Misbah-ul-Haq comes and goes, this time no doubt about the LBW. Misbah's attempted glance off Ashwin found him straight in front. This will definitely put the brakes on Pakistan. PAK 182/4 in 36.

13:48 PST:

Younis falls, yet another attempted sweep leads to the downfall of a Pakistani batsman. That delivery from Raina kept really low and Younis edged it! A big edge at that but Younis continues to run towards the pavillion with a wry smile on his face. Unlucky, but that's how things roll in the DRS-free zone. Pakistan 179/3 in 35.

13:33 PST:

Ishant Sharma has pulled it back somewhat here, his last two overs costing only 6 runs. The last five over have only gone for 20. PAK 168/2 in 32, the batting powerplay yet to be used.

13:24 PST

Pakistan reach 162/2 in 30. It is quite hazy out there, no chances of precipitation, according to the forecast. The way Pakistan were going, would it have been wise to send it Kamran Akmal up? He needs a few balls to get going but seems to fancy such conditions.

13:16 PST:

Jamshed continues his march, reading Dinda's length very early and depositing his short ball towards fine leg. The way Jamshed is finding the middle of his bat is in complete contrast to Azhar Ali, who just doesn't seem to be able to manoeuvre the ball and often find himself in a hole in the shorter format. PAK 151/2 in 27.

13:12 PST:

Azhar Ali struggling to get going ends up running himself out. It could be blessing in disguise for Pakistan and one wonders why the inform Younis Khan was not sent in at number 3. PAK 145/2 in 26 overs.

13:04 PST:

Jadeja finally pulls one back for India. Hafeez, who was looking to play straight most of his innings, attempted a slog sweep over mid wicket but completely missed the ball. It was needless, but at the rate the two batsmen were going, anything may have seemed possible. Hafeez's 74-ball 76 included 10 boundaries.  141/1 in 24 as Azhar Ali walks in.

13:00 PST:

Top-edged sweep fetches Hafeez and Pakistan another four and very next ball the batsman gets a life at the square-leg boundary. It was a tough chance for Gautam Gambhir, as Hafeez tried a similar shot off Jadeja. Hafeez and Jamshed continue the onslaught in the next over by Ashwin which goes for 12. PAK 140/0 in 23.

12:46 PST:

Nasir Jamshed reaches his half century with a boundary off Ravi Ashwin. Pakistan building steadily at 113 for no loss after 18 overs.

12:40 PST:

Hafeez and Jamshed bring the total up to 100 for Pakistan. Three off Ashwin's over.

12:32 PST:

Raina  comes  into the attack and Hafeez brings up his fifty with a single after which Jamshed hits a four, edging closer to his half century. Pakistan 98 for no loss after 16 overs.

1230 PST:

Dhoni brings Bhuvneshwar back in search for that elusive first wicket but the pacer his pulled by Hafeez on the third delivery and Jamshed places it towards third man for the second boundary of the over. Jamshed moves on to 35 and Pakistan to 87 without a wicket in 14.

1226 PST:

Six from Ashwin's over. Pakistan are 76-0 in 13

1222 PST:

If there was any advantage of bowling first on this pitch, the Indian pacers have failed to utilise it and now it's up to Ashwin to get India going. Hafeez and Jamshed, however, look quite comfortable taking singles and doubles.

1219 PST:

Hafeez gives a big heave to Ishant Sharma's second delivery and takes a single off the third. Jamshed helps himself to a four square of leg and Pakistan are in the 70s now.

1217 PST:

Only one more run from the Ashwin over. Pakistan won't mind after the second-ball four. 65-0 in 11.

1214 PST:

Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced by MS Dhoni in his search for the first wicket. His second delivery gets a thick edge from Jamshed's bat and races away for a four on this quick Eden Gardens outfield.

1211 PST:

Ishant Sharma is turning out to be India's most economical bowler. Pakistan score just a single in his third over. So after 10 overs, Pakistan cruise along at 59-0.

1209 PST:

Hafeez pushes the fourth delivery through the cover for another well-placed four! Ten overs come from Dinda's third over and Pakistan are 58-0 after nine. Hafeez races on to 37.

1205 PST:

Dinda feeds Hafeez on the pads and it is whipped away towards mid on for another four. This is the third consecutive over to get underway with a boundary. Pakistan's T20 captain looks to have gained confidence after the initial hesitance.

11:57 PST:

Hafeez hits a four off Kumar followed by one run in the fifth over. Sharma comes in, bowls five dot balls to Hafeez but the last ball of the over goes for two runs. Kumar to Jamshed - two fours in that over. Mohammad Hafeez at 20 with Nasir Jamshed at 18. Pakistan 41 for no loss after seven overs.

11:45 PST:

Hafeez hits Kumar for 8 runs - including a four past Ashwin and the next over sees Jamshed score another four off Dinda. Pakistan 24-0 after four overs.

11:41 PST:

Ashok Dinda bowls two wides and Nasir Jamshed scores two runs. Pakistan 9-0.

11:34 PST:

"Pakistan have never lost to India on this venue in the limited overs format. They have, however, lost to Sri Lanka in 1997 while chasing an unlikely target of 309,"'s contributor Gowhar Geelani, in Eden Gardens, says.

11:32 PST:

Bhuvenshwar Kumar begins the proceedings for India as Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez come on to play.  Pakistan make five off the first over, with Hafeez scoring the first boundary of the game. Pakistan 5 for the loss of no wickets.

11:18 PST:

"The wicket has been under covers, the conditions are overcast, so we want to exploit it. There is considerable amount of pressure after losing the first game, it is a do-or-die situation," MS Dhoni says after winning the toss.

"It's a good feeling to be one-up in a three-match series. In Chennai there was more moisture in the pitch, this one looks dry," Pakistan captain MIsbah-ul-Haq says.

11:05 PST:

India have won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan go in with the same line-up as the first ODI while India make one change, bringing in Ravindra Jadeja in place of Rohit Sharma.

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal†, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

India: G Gambhir, V Sehwag, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, RA Jadeja, MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, AB Dinda


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Muhammad Waqas Jan 03, 2013 02:32pm
congratulations to whole pakistan nation
Ahmed Sultan (India) Jan 04, 2013 04:20am
Match was fixed grandson
Fen Jan 03, 2013 06:43pm
Keep dreaming.Pakistan Won !!!!!
Imran Jan 03, 2013 03:08pm
Well done Pakistan. Indian cricket team reminds me of English football team.
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 03, 2013 09:46am
What a disaster for Pakistan to slump down so cheaply after such a good opening stand between Nasir Jamshaid and T-20 captain Hafeez but then none could hold on. Hefeez has very rightly led his team to follow him in building good score but alas it could not be cashed as it ought to be. Nasir was left alone to steer Pakistan to some respectable total which he did by scoring a century but then what did present captain Mibah or for that matter previous captains Youns or Shoaib for that matter who aotted are not more than a burden on us and because of their presence others cannot be slotted in. Players like Nasir Jamshed be brought in and old tried white elephants if we really want to flutter Pakistan flag atop in cricketing nations. With my honest and sincere prayers Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /
Muhammad Waqas Jan 03, 2013 02:31pm
Pakistan won son
Zain Jan 03, 2013 02:11pm
Nothing is fixed, Pakistan wasted a good finish. Simple as. Cricket for peace between the two neighbours! :)
raja hindustani Jan 04, 2013 06:19am
congrats Pakistan...well deserving victory.
Kashif Jan 04, 2013 06:42am
Pakistan should now give the chance to Haris Sohail inplace of Azhar Ali and Misbah and Azhar Ali should limit themself to Test cricket only.
Fen Jan 03, 2013 06:43pm
How is Sohaib malik burden I would love to have him any day.He played according to situation.Younis Khan got out to lbw on ball hitting his bat which he has no control over.He has already played well in first ODI.Misbah role as Captain is to make team winning outfit.He is successful in turning new team into winning combination.Also do not forget that same team under Misbah has blanked England 3-0 and drawn series with South Africa have now beaten India.Stop whinning and slump in cricket is not new.So many greats of yester years had worse slump in cricket.What matters most is that Pakistan won.You should be happy unless you have placed bet on Pakistan loss .
No tolerence Jan 03, 2013 09:43am
Fixed match, pak will loose by 7 wkts
jan saab Jan 03, 2013 04:33pm
silly boy ...inzi is not the captain...
A Shah Jan 03, 2013 03:30pm
Fixed match for sure. India are on the take!
Ali Jan 03, 2013 03:15pm
Do you know what you are saying. FYI, the captain is Misbah and not Inzi.
Ashok Jan 03, 2013 03:14pm
Congrats Pakistan. You deserve too. Hope every one enjoyed this game...
Vikram Jan 03, 2013 03:12pm
Dosti mai harna jeeta saab common hai,overall Cricket won game won,good game to watch.Excellent cricket series,once again we stated to play cricket.
Ahmed Jan 03, 2013 03:13pm
Haha Chaudhary is that the reason all Pakistan players die to get signed up for IPL? If they could not get IPL, they went and played BPL? Second thing, I really think Pakistan played very well to deserve this victory so congratulations on that. And rahi IPL ki baat, Azhar Mahmood changed his nationality to British to play last season of IPL. Any thoughts on that?
Imran Jan 03, 2013 03:07pm
Zaidi sb, you are right. There was nil contribution from Inzi in this match. Like you are former diplomat, Inzi is former captain and cannot contribute to this series.
anand Jan 03, 2013 03:06pm
Congrats Pakistan.Well played.
Shubs Jan 03, 2013 10:43am
But of course....:-) If Pakistan wins then I'm sure the match won't be fixed.
farhad Jan 03, 2013 10:34am
Cannot believe Pakistani Team squandered such a grea start. Anyways, cricket for peace, cricket for fun and cricket for friendship.
Observer Jan 03, 2013 03:01pm
Most of Indian players were lacking form.Pakistan bowlers did their job for Pakistan.
A R BHAT Jan 03, 2013 03:00pm
congratulation pakistan for this glistening win
Ammar Jan 03, 2013 04:15pm
Sir, With due respect..Inzi retired 5 years ago...Misbah is currently the captain of Pakistan cricket team.. Nice to know that you have woken up from your slumber
Chaudary Pakistani Jan 03, 2013 02:55pm
Shame to Team-IPL
s m mustafa Jan 03, 2013 04:15pm
congrats to pakistan team for great performence. of course pakistan won the series but main concern is still the batting lineup. opners are doing a great job but the middle order is very shaky. pakistan still need some solid middle order batsmen. now pakistan won the series so they can try haris sohail at no.3 and few other players.
Aman Singh Jan 03, 2013 02:52pm
very well said dear...
Hindustani Jan 03, 2013 02:52pm
Congrats Pakistan,Well played Pakistan.Indian batting line up was very weak and very poor performance by them.
Sai Jan 03, 2013 02:51pm
Hearty congratulations to the entire Pakistan Cricket team as well as the support staff for a splendid and decisive win over India. Was a pleasure to see the camaraderie in the Pakistan ranks. Aggressive batting at the top by Hafeez and Jamshed on a not so conducive wicket for batting and followed by some tantalasing bowling by Junaid at the top, superb exhibition of short pitch bowling by Irfan, accuray of Hafeez, the guile of Ajmal and not to mention the old fox Gul with his toe crushing yorkers. This is a resurgent team and more power to them. Enjoy your success and continue to exhibit this brand of cricket. Also what stands out is the sportsmanship spirit and the friendly attitude which was not so evident in earlier teams. Humility is key. Great performance. God be with you
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 03, 2013 02:28pm
Congratulations we won the match and the series but still I will maintain that there is nil absolutely nil contribution from captain Inzi in particular whatsoever as he did not score at all either in the 1st or the 2nd match whereas see Dhoni who fought back like real captain and stayed on the crease till last and had his other batsmen stayed on the other end he had even changed the fate of the game. Captain is not just as one of the 11 players rather he leads the team with his personal qualities which Inzi has lacked in the past as well. Just be honest and see his total records as to how many matches he ha played so far all in all 3 formats and how much he has scored in total. High time for PCB to review his performance and only sack him from captaincy, banned him from playing anymore and even fined hum monetarily which will be a lesson for others too. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /
Usman Jan 03, 2013 04:00pm
To all my Indian friends: Guys (and girls :p), you've recently lost several truly great batsmen due to age in the space of a few months. Of course, it's going to be hard for the new players to replace them immediately so don't lose patience with your team. They will soon become one of the best teams across all three formats again. Best regards from a Pakistani
Da'Greek Jan 03, 2013 04:00pm
It couldnt have come at a better time. From the perspective of an Indian cricket fan, I want to thank Pakistan for having beaten this Indian team so convincingly. Cause nothing would kick the selectors out of their collective slumber than this well deserved defeat at the hand of Pakistan team. Kudos to your bowlers for once again reviving a fabled tradition.
prince Jan 03, 2013 03:45pm
which year are you living in?
Silajit Jan 03, 2013 03:50pm
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?
Asif Khan - Toronto Jan 03, 2013 02:38pm
Congratulations Pakistan Cricket Team on winning the series.
vijay singh ivory coast Jan 03, 2013 01:42pm
Indian Jan 03, 2013 02:19pm
Congratulations Pakistan, very well played.