India v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chennai

Junaid, Jamshed set up Pakistan win

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

December 30, 2012

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Pakistan 228 for 4 (Jamshed 101*, Younis 58) beat India 227 for 6 (Dhoni 113*, Raina 43, Junaid 4-43) by six wickets
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Junaid Khan took four wickets in his first spell, India v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chennai, December 30, 2012
Junaid Khan ran through the top order with four quick wickets © BCCI
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Fortunes swung in an absorbing opening one-dayer, but it was Pakistan who held their nerve to record a six-wicket win and go one-up in Chennai. Junaid Khan had India reeling with a remarkable spell of swing bowling, MS Dhoni bailed India out with a tenacious, unbeaten century but the target of 228 wasn't enough to test Pakistan. Nasir Jamshed played a composed, yet chancy century, but nevertheless took the responsibility of finishing the job he had started.

The difference was in the way the teams batted against the new ball. India were put in and ended up losing five for 29 by the tenth over. Dhoni toiled masterfully, fighting off cramps to take India to a respectable total, but not quite a winning one. Pakistan too looked shaky when they came out against the moving ball, but ensured they didn't lose wickets in a clump early, unlike India.

The morning had ingredients you wouldn't normally associate with one-day cricket in India - morning start, overcast conditions, a green pitch, moisture. The left-arm seam duo of Junaid and Mohammad Irfan hit the timber with such regularity that they might well have come out wielding axes rather than cricket balls. Reputations counted for nothing as India's top order was exposed for their lack of technique against the moving ball against two seamers with a combined experience of 15 ODIs.

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were all bowled, playing down the wrong line to full, swinging deliveries. Dhoni and Suresh Raina came together at 29 for 5 and focused on picking up singles rather than counterattacking their way to a recovery.

The innings could have finished earlier had Misbah not put down Dhoni at midwicket on 16. The drop was to cost Pakistan 97 runs. The boundaries had dried up during an attritional phase in which only two boundaries were scored in the space of nearly 30 overs.

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  • Nasir Jamshed's 101 not out is his second ODI hundred, both of which have come against India. In three innings against them, Jamshed has scored 266 runs for one dismissal.
  • Junaid Khan's 4 for 43 was his second four-wicket haul in ODIs. In 14 matches he has taken 21 wickets at 24.33.
  • MS Dhoni's unbeaten 113 was his first century in almost three years, but in the 50 innings in which he didn't score one, he still averaged 49.60 at a strike rate of 85.88, with 12 fifties.
  • India's top five batsmen totalled 18, which is their second-lowest in ODIs, next only to their total of 15 in that famous ODI against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup, when Kapil Dev's unbeaten 175 bailed India out.
  • The 73-run partnership between Dhoni and Suresh Raina is the highest that India have had for the sixth wickets after losing their first five for under 30 runs.
  • This is the firsttime India's top four batsmen have all been bowled in an ODI. It's only the seventh time this has happened to any team in ODIs.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become the 17th bowler, and the second Indian, to take a wicket with his first ball in ODIs.
  • The unbeaten 125-run stand between Dhoni and R Ashwin is the third-highest for the seventh wicket in all ODIs, and the highest for India.

Dhoni's innings was of two contrasting parts. He nudged and poked his way to 50 off 86 balls, hitting just two boundaries and a six. The plan was to delay the slog till the final block of ten overs. His next 63 came off just 39 balls. As the innings closed, Dhoni could barely stand. In a bid to conserve energy, Dhoni focused on hitting out and it was a blessing in disguise for India as he regularly found the gaps, helping India ransack an unlikely 81 off the last 10 overs.

Dhoni bashed the free hit off Junaid over wide long-on for the first six of the innings, launched Ajmal out of the ground over long-on and brought up his century with a six over extra cover. His stand of 125 with Ashwin was India's highest for the seventh wicket. Dhoni's march towards his century featured an array of shots on both sides of the wicket, including the helicopter shot, the pull and the squirt past gully.

India held control at the start of the innings when Mohammad Hafeez misjudged a viscious inswinger and lost his off stump, giving Bhuvneshwar Kumar a wicket off his first ball in ODIs. Bhuvneshwar dismissed a shaky Azhar Ali cheaply to reduce Pakistan to 21 for 2 after 10.2 overs. Thereafter, the initiative slipped from India due to a combination of bad luck and poor fielding.

Jamshed was let off thrice in his innings, on 7, 24 and 68. He first set off for a single that should never have happened, scampered back but there was nobody to back Bhuvneshwar's throw. He was then let off by the umpire, who failed to spot an inside edge to the pads on its way to slip. Later, Yuvraj spilled a sitter at point at a time when India were desperate for a wicket.

In between, Jamshed impressed with his temperament and it helped that he had the experienced Younis Khan to guide him. The pair focused on preserving wickets, preferring to keep with the asking rate rather than exceed it. Younis didn't allow the spinners to settle, picking Yuvraj for boundaries through the on side. Yuvraj was India's best spinner in the T20s, but he wasn't as effective today. Raina leaked two sixes in an over, thereby forcing Dhoni to look at other options.

Ashok Dinda broke the stand when he had Younis chipping a low catch to Ashwin at midwicket, and he ought to have had Jamshed as well, had Yuvraj hung on at point. As Jamshed began to tire, Misbah and Shoaib Malik scored boundaries to take Pakistan closer. Jamshed reached his century with a pull, drawing comparisons with his innings against Australia in Abu Dhabi in August, also scored under excessive humidity.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
India 181 13 3 29/5 23/1(34-38) 81/0 2/9
Pakistan 149 12 2 21/1 13/1(36-40) 55/0 1/3

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by GrindAR on (January 2, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

dude... was dreaming about this....

Team X: India/Pak Batsmen (Performing) + Pak/India Bowlers (Performing) Team Y: CA/CSA Batsmen (Performing) + CSA/CA Bowlers (performing)

Will be a beauty to watch. 5 tests series 5 one days

Enough for the full year of Cricket

Posted by GrindAR on (January 2, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Dhoni could have used Yuvi for 10 overs. Match could have been more nail bitting. Decent match overall. Mainly good to see bowler friendly pitches in India. Will help develop athletes in the team than sitters. We need a leaner team both in terms BMI of players and error margins in their games.

Posted by Major85D on (January 2, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Why is misbah still captain?? He should retire! Hafeez is much better! And Azhar Ali is a better test player than ODI. Imran Farhat should come in! I hope, the selectors have seen, that sohail tanvir cant`t mess with junaid. He is the future of pakistan`s fastbowling!

Posted by Dannymania on (January 2, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

I agree with the one that said take off umar gul.Umar gul doesnt deserve to be in any international team now a days.he was good,but he isnt good anymore.he concedes so many runs!It doesnt matter if he takes 2 wickets per match at an economy rate of 7 per over in the ODIs and 2 wickets per match in T20Is with an economy of over 10!Kamran Akmal also needs to be dropped but it looks like he wont be.because i honestly think kamran's 'Sifarish' is a big one!i am hopeless about both of these players.I have been watching cricket for about 20 years now and if i can realise that these players cannot play well,how can the people who work for the admin of cricket not understand it?!answer is,that they do understand,but kamran's sifarish is too big and Umar gul is misbah's boy.I dont really dislike misbah though.Under his captaincy,pakistanis have done well,so he has succeeded,although he isnt as talented as even kamran akmal as a batsman.

Posted by srisharma_12 on (January 2, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Ajinkya Rahane should open with Gautam Gambhir.Sehwag should be rested for this series.Rohit sharma should be rested if he do not perform in the next match.And Bhuvaneshwar kumar should bowl 8 overs at a time.He is giving runs in last overs.

Posted by khurramkhalil23 on (January 2, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

great win for pakistan and what a fantastic bowling junaid khan well done:).. india needs quality bowler otherwise india struggle future's match :)

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

India's bowling a misery. india should import fast bowlers from aus,wi or pak.

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