Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pakistan punish World Champions India in their backyard

Pakistan has punished World Champions India in their backyard by winning the Second Match of the One Day International Series against India in Kolkata, their first ODI Series victory against arch rivals after almost eight years.

The World Champions India have lost a Home Bilateral Series for the first time in more than three years. They are in free fall, and continue to touch a newer nadir each time. Despite the bowlers taking ten wickets for 109 to keep Pakistan to 250, India crumbled without any fight, losing their top five batsmen before they had reached 100. The tail had collapsed before Mahindra Singh Dhoni could even think about improbables such as miracles.

Pakistan added to their record of being the only side, other than Australia, to inflict home ODI Series defeats on India in the previous ten years. They also continued their impressive record at Eden Gardens, and have now won all their four ODIs against India at the ground. Nasir Jamshed, one of the finest young batsmen around, made his third successive ODI Century against India, whose batsmen carried their struggles from Chennai to Kolkata.

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