Pak wash out India, clinch ODI series

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 00:51 hrs

A fighting 54-run knock by skipper MS Dhoni failed to save the day for India as Pakistan defeated the home side by 85 runs in the second One Day International (ODI) match and also clinched the three match ODI series at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

Chasing 251 for victory, India were all out for 165 runs in 48 overs.

Indian openers, Virender Sehwag (31) and Gautam Gambhir (11), gave a good start to the home side but situation became tough after Junaid Khan picked up the wicket of Gambhir in the 10th over of the innings.

Sehwag and Gambhir scored 42 runs in the first wicket partnership.

Virat Kohli, (6), Yuvraj Singh (9), Suresh Raina (18), R Ashwin (3), Ravindra Jadeja (13) failed to deliver with the willows in the crucial match.

Dhoni fought a lone battle for India as he smashed 54 runs and remained not out till the end.

Pakistan´s Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal picked up three wickets for the side while Umar Gul scalped two wickets.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik took one wicket each in the match.

Earlier, riding on opener Nasir Jamshed´s 106 runs knock, Pakistan were all out for 250 runs in 48.3 overs in the second ODI against India.

Pakistan openers, Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez (76) gave the side a good start as they scored 141 runs in the first wicket partnership, putting pressure on the Indian bowlers.

It seemed that the Pakistan batsmen would put up a huge score when Jamshed and Hafeez were playing but lost quick wickets later to make things difficult for them.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja gave India the first wicket as he bowled Hafeez in 24th over of the match.

Hafeez hammered 10 boundaries in his 74-ball knock.

Jamshed hit 12 boundaries and two sixes in his crucial knock of 106 runs off 124 balls.

Azhar Ali (2), Younis Khan (10), Misbah-ul-Haq (2), Kamran Akmal (0) failed to contribute with their willows in the crucial clash in the cloudy winter afternoon in Kolkata.

Shoaib Malik scored 24 runs off 30 balls before pacer Ishant Sharma took his wicket. He hit two boundaries in the innings.

Sharma scalped two quick wickets in the 49th over as India restricted Pakistan to 250 runs.

Jadeja and Sharma scalped three wickets each while R Ashwin, Suresh Raina and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket each in the innings.

Pertinently, India had won the toss and elected to field in the clash.

Pakistan won the series with the victory as the visitors took 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

India had to win this match in order to keep the series alive.

(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra)

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