India v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Kolkata

Kolkata offers more hope for India

The Preview by Siddhartha Talya

January 2, 2013

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Match facts

January 3, 2012
Start time 1200 (0630 GMT)

Big Picture

India are again left needing to come from behind, third time in their last four series. A superb display of swing bowling by Junaid Khan crippled India's batting line-up on an overcast Chennai morning before MS Dhoni rescued his team with a fighting century. Such a procession of batsmen to the pavilion appears unlikely in Kolkata, where overhead conditions haven't been as bowler-friendly and the curator Prabir Mukherjee has promised a "typical one-day wicket with lots of runs" with the side batting first having an early advantage. But the visitors have been practicing hard to seal their team's first bilateral ODI series win over India since 2005.

Pakistan's seamers bowled extended spells at the nets on Tuesday, with Umar Gul, Junaid and Mohammad Irfan aiming at one stump. India, on the other hand, missed a session on Tuesday and have an optional one on the eve of the game. They may be short of adequate preparation for a game they cannot afford to lose.

Form guide (Completed games, most recent first)

India: LWWWL
Pakistan: WLWLL

Players to watch

Shoaib Malik was initially picked only for the T20s but has been retained for the ODIs and played a good supporting hand in Chennai. He's had a good tour so far, guiding Pakistan to victory in the first T20 before giving Nasir Jamshed company in his team's successful chase on Sunday. A former Pakistan captain, Malik has struggled to keep his place in the side for a while but his experience has come in handy in this limited-overs series.

After his century in the first Test against England in Ahmedabad, Virender Sehwag has failed to fire. He was not picked in March last year for the Asia Cup, and could be under pressure to perform, given he's had just one half-century in his last 10 innings in ODI cricket.

Team news

Rohit Sharma's poor run of scores in ODIs continued in Chennai and India could consider replacing him with Ajinkya Rahane. However, there is uncertainty over Virat Kohli's availability, as he limped off the field after slipping while bowling in Chennai. MRI scans revealed no serious damage, but his condition continues to be monitored.

India (possible): 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Rohit Sharma/Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Ashok Dinda.

It seems unlikely Pakistan will make changes, even though Mohammad Irfan proved expensive in Chennai.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Junaid Khan, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan.

Stats and Trivia

  • Rohit Sharma is 22 short of reaching 2000 runs in ODIs.
  • Kamran Akmal is 70 short of scoring 3000 in ODIs.


"If he keeps on doing that then we will find another great left arm fast-bowler of Wasim Akram's type."
Younis Khan on Junaid Khan

"We are used to playing with part-timers. Now it's difficult for them to bowl 10 overs with five players inside the circle. So you've to assess whether six batsmen are enough or seven [are needed]."
MS Dhoni says the new ODI rule, which permits only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle in the non-Powerplay overs, creates problems for teams that lack genuine allrounders

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Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan Shaheen on winning at Indian soil.

Posted by atuljain1969 on (January 3, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Fail to understand why they need to carry on with - GAMBHIR AND SEHWAG, when they repeatedly failed. Why SHAMI AHMED not given chance at home venue ?. Why tire out Ishant before Australia series ?

There are so many other players who can be given an opportunity to debue and impress. There should be pool of at least 50 players to play for the country anytime reqd.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 3, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Today i am feeling angry over team management and selectors.Why you choose players if you are not going to give him any chance. Dhoni is switching over Rohit Sharma/Jadeja.I don't know on what merits Sir, Ravinder Jadeja is been selected today.Is he world class bowler or a world class batsman or a genuine all rounder????

Posted by Dhana-is-hector on (January 3, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

why again jadeja for that its better to have sreesanth

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

With India its always a talk of playing conditions, top teams in the world rely on their resources and equip them well to play in any given conditions. Once Asian teams polish their players in a way that they are able to perform in any conditions, only then we will not see the humiliating performances such as Indian and SL's recent tour to Australia and Pakistan's 2010 tour to Aus. England/SA/AUS have beaten Asian teams in Asia on several occassions just because they have raised their game to play in any given conditions.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Batting first. To day is really test of Pakistan ability to bat and bowl. India is favorite to day. If India loses to day, it not only means end of Dhoni captaincy but India will lose psyclogical advantage against Pakistan. I will not be surprised if Pakistan regain position in which they were after Miandad famous six in sharjah.

Best of luck to Pakistan.

Posted by dakshinap on (January 3, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Wow! India going to lose this match also, because they are playing with non wicket taker Ishant and Jedeja. They should play with Rahane & Shami Ahmed instead of those guys.

Posted by pitch_curator on (January 3, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

@ Taimur Huk -- how much has anwar scored in Australia and SAF? How much has lakshman scored in Australia and SAF? Case closed. Anwar is a flat track bully who scored only in sub-continent and Sharjah. Bring his stats outside the sub continent and you will start crying. haha.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

its big game for pakistan they should win it . the pwople will hope india to win this but pak shd not take any risk n rape up the series n try to clean swep n to hav confidenc b4 going to sa tour gud luk pakis

Posted by Aditya0460 on (January 3, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Is Irfan Pathan injured or dead? Cuz I can't understand why he's not in the team which needs a good all-rounder and not someone like bullshit Jadeja who gets picked every time.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

What is wrong with the team selection these days .... you replace a non performer Rohit SHarma with another consistent Non performer in Jadeja ..... When Jadeja bowls, everyone plays as though the powerplay is ON....

Players like Ajinkya Rahane and TIwary end up carrying drinks for a long time and then 1 odd game here n there......

Posted by Ali.Mirza on (January 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

Indians what you think about last match performance? Junaid khan and Irfan bowled your 4 star batsmen! after this you are hoping that if you maintain flat wicket then you will win? you are just DREAMING!!!!!! Please wake up india.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

good to see another lefty pacer from the land of quick bowlers. Thank God we have got four genuine fast bowlers in the line up including wahab riaz which can bowl with 145 kph. I think that's the key difference between two sides.

Posted by senthil25 on (January 3, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Its Really Funny about some of Pakistani comments here......they think they are come from England & Australia, complaining about the Pitches.........its is subcontinent pitches, this is we used in India, Pakistan, Srilanka & Bangladesh, its funny to watch some Pakistani comments here.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

My team in batting order should be 1.Rahane 2. Gambhir 3. Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7. Kumar 8. Ashwin 9. Dinda 10. Shami 11. isanth

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 3, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

@all the Indian fans: We can not beat you on this forum for you are computer guys with 1.4 billion of population and for one mouth you guys have thousands of them; you will always win when it comes to discussion so if it gives you a false sense of victory I'm happy for you guys... let's watch the match and let's hope cricket wins.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

India has a very weak bowling attack. they must try and keep it simple and bowl straight. India's batting has the fire power. they just need to play normal cricket and not aim too high.even if they play normal cricket they have the capability of making a above par score. Lets hope its a cracker of a contest.

Posted by FARHAN-SB on (January 3, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

As a Pakistani, naturally I support Pakistan but India is also a good batting side and has ability to bounce back. I expect a competitive cricket from both sides today and be the better side win. There's a Caribbean saying : "Fortune favors the brave!" So let see …

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

Aman ki Aasha, this has to be India Game!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

So far I have failed to understand why Pakistan is electing to field first after winning the toss. It looks like they are more afraid of India chasing it down rather than having belief in their bowling being able to defend it, so they bowl first. To my understanding Pakistan's strength at the moment lies in bowling and they should be able to defend mediocre targets as well so why go the other way around. So far some batsmen have clicked but with some brainless batsmen like Akmal brothers in the lineup you cannot always leave it to a chance.

Posted by WaqarIMC on (January 3, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

@Hiba.R I dont understand what u want to say??? whole world accept that pakistan is fertile country regarding fast bowlers and they proved it, talking about short carrier its just because we have immense talent in fast bowling department, so one replace another. You know your batsmen cant face pakistani fast bowlers thats why just after defeat you people make Kalkata pitch dead and batsmen friendly. So accept the truth Indian dont EVER have any fast bowler in the history.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

I think Haris Sohail, not Umar Akmal, should replace Azhar Ali. Moreover, if reverse swing is a factor, then Wahab Riaz should also be considered. I'm having a bad feeling about Irfan's performance today. On the other hand, I'm happy that Rahane, Shami Ahmed are not playing, because they can give Pak's team a run for their money. However, as a cricket fan, it hurts to see that Indian team seeks refuge in conditions and factors, other than the team's performance itself.

Posted by SyedAftab on (January 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

@ Hiba.R -- The way you are telling wahab/Irfan/Junaid isn't good. In domestic matches, intially every bowler is like that, but they develop themselves in Int'l cricket with the help of coaches and sr. players. If they are just ordinary bowlers which are in every domestic teams so BCCI should ask dhoni 11 to play all domestic matches, and you know these are not best from Pakistan, some good players dont get the chance on right time.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

I wish Dhoni realizes he is worth more as a batsman when he comes higher up the order... I would like to see him bat at #4 more often. And Rohit has had enough opportunities, time to look at other players. I guess the selectors should consider Saurab Tiwari and R Jadeja (yes he is over-hyped but at least give him half the chances you gave to Rohit). What is more concerning is the bowlers. You need 5 specialist bowlers as your part timers have taken more wickets than your lead bowlers...

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistani fans complain about flat pitches!!If you are so proud of your bowling attack, then you must be able to bowl India out in flat pitches too.And if your Bowling attack is not capable of doing so....then well we also have right to call you greentop bullies. And even before the start of the match...some of Pakistan supporters are sure of their defeat.That shows how much you people fear our batting attack on good playing surfaces.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

@Madan Shivakumar- you're just cherry picking certain matches to prove your misguided point of view. You want to talk about the 2003 World Cup? How about when Shoaib Akhtar ran through the Indian batting lineup in 1999? Tendulkar and Dravid being bowled on consecutive deliveries. And Kumble running through the Pakistan lineup? How about Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmed walloping Kumble and Srinath and the rest of the Indian bowling attack in Chennai in 1997? I remember Kumble crying on someone's shoulder because he could no longer bear the humiliation of Anwar humiliating him. And saying that Laxman is better than Saeed Anwar is blasphemous in itself. Saeed Anwar played in an era where bowling and wickets were the order of the day. When Laxman came, he initially struggled but found his touch in the early 2000s when batting pitches were becoming flatter and quality of bowling becoming worse. Anwar's career cut short due to personal family reasons otherwise he would have matched Laxman stats.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

Most of the experts, and the Indian media of course never gave Pakistan a chance of matching India on the home soil. But the fact that Pakistan has outplayed India, in all the three games played so far has come as a shocker for them. The reason Pakistan won in the two games and nearly won in the 2nd T20, was not because of a single payer taking them through. But they performed so, by displaying character, quality play, patience and perfect teamwork, unlike the Indians, who we can say failed miserably as a team. Apart from Yuvraj's blast in the 2nd T20 and Dhoni's fighting century in the second ODI, there have been no performances from the Indian side. Bhubeneshwar Kumar is a promising find though. If the Paki's play as they have in the last three matches, i think that they will surely bag today's game, with ease.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

It will take at least 2 or three years so we found again naturally gifted player.After Sachin retirement and sehwag slowness i suspect we again found this quality of player gambhir is fine he performing consistent basis but the problem we hoping that these new guys perform like old great like Sachin Ganguly and even Sehwag actually India youth are Gud they can perform but never create hype like these guys has had.They are if i talking Sachin,Ganguly,Sehwag and Yuvraj never these god gifted batting line up again more Dhoni don,t want Sehwag to continue no confidence he has had given to Things are worse for Indian cricket remind last press conference Dhoni himself compere to Sachin as saying himself punching bag. Dhoni has only one problem he want to hype like master but this ambition are very harmful for team India.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

"Day of reckoning" for Indian think-tanks and batting ! India will require all the experience of Mr. Prabir Mukherjee ( curator) to produce "a belter" to tame the fiery/red-hot young Pakistan quicks. Under the cosh, Indian batting must "WALK THE TALK" today as Dhoni can not rely on available bowling resources (to win a match )! Dhoni will require heaps of luck and hope that Pakistan have a off-day ( have been mercurial in past ). Eden Gardens have been a happy hunting ground for Pakistanis who arrive on crest of a wave with confidence sky high. Harsha ( @bhogleharsha ) just tweeted about slight rain/drizzle (stopped early morning) which may not auger well (for India) as moisture may spice up the pitch for hot pot Junaid KING Khan to exploit ! Expect another cracking /high intensity CLASH, can't wait for the hostilities to begin ! Go Paki ya beat, Do it again !

Posted by Mrinal_Borah on (January 3, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is playing today ? :) And why Jadeja ? Ashwin can bowl and bat better than him. :)

Posted by SUPERSTARSATHISH on (January 3, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

In Chennai Match the moisture helped Pakistan Seamers very much, If India would bowled first the same thing would have happened. Today, i hope Indians will give good reply to Pakistan Seamers, particulary Junaid Khan. Today Kozhi & Yuvi will be the key in Indian Batting. In bowling Ashwin will be tremendous today

Posted by golgoal on (January 3, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

@Neil Shaw -- "Neil Shaw" really? More like Mohamed Abdul or something?? Ashamed of your true identity as a Pakistani??

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Dear Madan Shivakumar, i guess you don't understand the game cricket very well. FYI any bowler in the world can go for runs. But the best player is who learns from his mistake and bounces back and this is called experience. And talking about the records made by Indian batsmen, please check the record and see how many of your batsmen have scored runs out of India, Only a handful. And moreover when Indian team came to Pakistan we supported both the teams irrespective who was winning. And in India the moment you guys start to lose there is pin drop silence. So stop crying over spilled milk and watch the game.

Posted by saintsinister on (January 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

Ok can we get along please? I have worked with a lot of Indians and actually get along with them way more better than any other nationality.. I just dont understand this bashing over three amazingly competitive matches on the internet.. I even like the 2nd T20 that Pakistan lost just due to the fact that it was very competitive.. I would be complaining if any of the 2 sides had just rolled over.. Here's to hoping for another 2 very competitive matches but wishing for a Green Result :D Cheers.. Lets get ready to rumbleeeeeee... :)

Posted by Hiba.R on (January 3, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

There is nothing exceptional about either Irfan or Junaid except for Irfan being over 7 foot tall and they both will disappear like Wahab Riaz. They have sporadic inclusions of bowlers from time to time who tend to die out after brief stints. I have grown playing cricket leagues in India...honestly we would have one in every other team, bowlers of the caliber of Wahab/Junaid/Irfan. But the fact that BCCI never wants to experiment or give new comers a chance is creating the difference....take the example of Rahane or Tiwary you make them sit on the bench with out giving any chance....waiting for the cricket in them to fade away...keep playing Gambhir and Rohit. BCCI needs to take bold steps or you will never produce world class players. For sure we have better facilities and potential in India than any other cricket playing country in the world, Pakistan don't even comes close to even Bangladesh leave alone India.

Posted by Abbas67 on (January 3, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

India XI - Rahane, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Dinda, Kumar & Shami Pakistan XI - Jamshed, Hafeez, Younus, Malik, Umar, Misbah, Kamran, Gul, Junaid, Ajmal, Anwar Ali ...

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

1.V Sehwag V Sehwag 2.G Gambhir OR G Gambhir 3.V Kohli A Rahane 4.Y Singh Y Singh 5.S Raina S Raina 6.MS Dhoni R Jadeja 7.R Ashwin MS Dhoni 8.B Kumar R Ashwin 9.I Sharma B Kumar 10.P Chawla P Chawla 11.A Mishra I Sharma/A Dinda/S Ahmed

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

Dhoni should change batting order now 1.Sehwag, 2.Gouthy, 3.Virat, 4.Rohit, 5.Yuvraj, 6.Raina, 7.Dhoni. you should not change order from match to match, because of change in order they are getting in-consistent, he is not allowing anybody to settle, somebody explain him because if you change order like that you can not play in next WC in aus with this kind of in-consistency and from now dhoni should try five-batsman and five-bowlers and all-rounder(Dhoni in as specialist batsman)

Posted by KingMSC on (January 3, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

@ Sandeep well BCCi is benifiting a lot more than PCB, it's not like India is playing in Pakistan so what are you going on about. I do agree that people from both sides should not bash anyone just state the facts. If someone does not agree with facts so be it. There will always be some people who always wan to talk trash be it Indian, Pakistani or any other nation. Don't take anything seriously and 1 person does not speak for entire nation.

Posted by bipulkumar on (January 3, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

When a team starts seeking "hope" from factors other than their own performance then there is actually "no hope".

Posted by KhemThakur on (January 3, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

I don,t know why Pak fans are excited so much with just one win. Series is still alive and let the result of todays match come out. Your bowling is good but not great. It was proven by Dhoni in last match. They could not get india all out even after taking 5 wicket on a helping track.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 3, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket - Well, if you prepare the pitches that make cricket ball look like a football. Obviously, we are going to complain. We have dust bowls in Pakistan. So they resorted to reverse swings and Doosras. Cheers mate and Happy New Year to everyone.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

Pakistan should give a chance to Zulfiqar Babar. On this flat wicket, gul and Irfan might as well go over run a ball. Zulfi is very smart and good spin option that Pakistan can use in the curret situation. And I agree with some ppl here, Umar Akmal should replace Azhar Ali on this flat wicket

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

Umar Akmal Should be in the squad instead of Azhar. @sandeepdagusta you need to stop wining about the lose and learn to respect others before you expect any. You are too scared to come to Pakistan so we realize we will do the deed in your own homeland inshAllah!

Posted by Desihungama on (January 3, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Correct me if I am wrong but is Pakistan the only team to have a winning record against India in India? Australia maybe? ODI's that is. Good luck to both teams for the second encounter.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

Two change i reckon Rahane replace to Virat besause he is injured and India has a long season, And Amit mishra replace to Rohit at same side.I reckon two change in pak team also,Azhar ali replce to Ahmad sehzad and irfan replaced by wahab riwaz and Hafeez batted should number 4 and Yonous khan is number 3 as Sehzad opener As India side Dhoni come as number4 he is ur best in form batsman so should come up in the order and Yuvi 5 Ashwin 6 raina 7 and Amit as number 8 if India follow that number strong posibility to win the match.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Gavaskar was recently asked why Pakistan produces better pace bowlers than India and his response was that batsman are more revered in India. What he should have said is that most Indians don't like to eat meat and grow big and strong like the rest of the world. I can't see India winning any series anytime soon.

Posted by Brambletonian on (January 3, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

@Taimur Huk "The quality of bowling that India talks about is found in local leagues in Karachi and Lahore". Really....Seriously.....c'mon grow up guys

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

india no doubt the world cup winner team can beat any team but only when they play as a team not individuals

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

@taimur huk. if ur fast bowling stocks are so good, then why do you guys give away test caps like freebies to bowlers? Umar gul is not even picked for all formats... Mohammad irfan got bashed by dhoni! and ur so called rawalpindi express was destroyed by tendulkar by india at 2003 WC! Besides we produced a world class spinner in kumble who ran through ur entire batting order! I don't need to say about batting. I guess u can produce a couple of inzamams and saeed anwars but nothing close to even laxman!!!

Posted by jiten27 on (January 3, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

shami ahmed should get chance if you r not than ashok dinda

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

As well as i hope india is win today...

Posted by jiten27 on (January 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

rehane, gambhir, virat kohli,rohit sharma/ manoj tiwari,suresh raina,dhoni, yuvraj, jadeja, ashwin,bhuvneshwar, sabirkhan, sehwag, ishant sharma shouldnot play , they have experice but useless , they should punished if you r not doing anything than should not play, let new commer to shaw their telent.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

@AllPakis..... Thank our country to have given ur team an opportunity to play... we like ur players and ur bowlers but u as fans are pathetic so are ur comments.... BE HUMAN

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

In my opinion Umar Akaml should be included in playing eleven in place of Azhar Ali. As with "typical Kolkatta one-day wicket with lots of runs" and new DOI rules, Umar has better chances to score runs at fast pace then Azhar.

Posted by Selfishkar on (January 3, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Rohit Sharma averages 13 in 2012. Hopefully he can better that in 2013.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

people commenting should know that due to the recent ICC rules spinners can have only 4 fielders in the outfield. which makes it every tough for yuvraj and raina. hence they leaked runs. for me ashwin did a good job by giving only 34 runs in 10 overs. i guess this team would be really nice.. 1. rahane 2. kohli 3. pujara 4. yuvraj 5. dhoni 6. raina 7. irfan 8. ashwin 9. umesh 10. bhuvneshwar/praveen 11. sreesanth.

Posted by .......junk on (January 3, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

i really dont know what wrong irfan pathan did? he has performed well in every lil opportunity came his way n when a swing bowler like bhuneshwar kumar is so effective ,trust me irfan could have done wonders ..alas there is no place for good all rounder like irfan cause ravinder jadeja is prefered by his ipl team captain dhoni..its sad to say but dhoni should realize he is playing for india at this tym and he should have ask for irfan.dhoni is cribbing over new rules of fieldings and wants solution whether to play 7 batsmen or no? plz open ur eyes irfan is the genuine allrounder u need take it as 7th batsmen or opening bowler..

Posted by Sanoop_r on (January 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

@Taimur Huk: And with your herd of fast bowlers, the team has just won 1 ODI world cup and has not breached the No. 4 ranking among test teams... But I totally agree Pak does produce world class fast bowlers!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

The thing which come to mind after these 3 matches that ''Pakistan is at uper of India '' Hafeez and Misbah Biletral Captancy Brings a Real time Encourage to team Pakistan SO in the mean time I Can Say that'' Paistan Wins Today With Flashy Drive''.

Posted by Selfishkar on (January 3, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Rohit Sharma averages 13 in 2012. Hopefully he can better that in 2013.

Posted by pitch_curator on (January 3, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

@ Ricky_Ponting -- What was your performance on these FLAT tracks dude? How many triples have you got here? Oh no. I see you have a dismal pathetic record on these pitches. You cant even bat on flat tracks? How come you are in the Australian team??

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

@tamir huk what about your batting... in india batsmen like inzam-ul-haq&nasir jamshed can be picked up from streets

Posted by cricanm on (January 3, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Yes MSD is right, but at the same time is BCCI is caring of Irfan Pathan who is injured at this time, he is best allrounder of indian team. And i think india should play with the combination of 6 and 5, Rohit should be dropped.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (January 3, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Really? "..missed a session on Tuesday and have an optional one on the eve of the game". An insightful observation into the state of mind of India cricketers regarding work ethic.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

Guys in short its Pakistan who is going to steal the show today.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

@taimur huk, what are you smoking, if pakistan had many bowlers like kapil then why didn't more take more than 434 wickets except. Also, then how come with so many GENUINE bowlers they were only able to win one world cup and win 0 matches against India in WC match.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

Good to see comments from both sides. I believe series loss to India will be beneficial for India itself so that selectors are forced to take bold decisions. On the other hand, if India wins that selectors will continue with same team combination. Choice is yours! Best of luck team Pakistan. In Sha Alllah yay match hamara hai, ameen!

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

First match started here in Pakistan at 8:30 this one is at 11:30. why is that? is that a day-night? please tell

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

With rain and wind in kolkata I think Sami will be a good option. In that case MSD can drop Rohit. After all it will make no difference because India will never see that Rohit wins a match for the country.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

@Tahmy Khan Yousuf Zai-What are you smoking man? India don't have bowling talent because if they did, they would have produced a genuine fast bowler in their 60 year history. But they haven't managed to do so. Kapil Dev doesn't count as he was only medium pace and Pakistan had hundreds of Kapil Dev type bowlers at that time waiting in the wings. That's enough time to come to the conclusion that their bowling lacks talent. The quality of bowling that India talks about is found in local leagues in Karachi and Lahore. Karachi Cricket Association can produce a dozen Bhuvneshwar Kumars if they wanted to, but they aim for something higher. Even a Zaheer Khan type of bowler can be picked up off the streets of Lahore or Multan or Peshawar. Zaheer Khan was only a decent medium pacer in his prime and is now nothing more than a county level bowler. Umesh Yadav and RP Singh are all overrated, over-hyped "fast" bowlers who are mediocre and will descend into mediocrity pretty soon.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 3, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

I am only waiting for Dhoni's new excuse after another loss. Openers is new scapegoat. Then someone else. May be new kids. May be bowlers. It is always someone when india loses. He is pathetic.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

India needs Geninue all rounder like Irfan Pathan at 7th slot.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

to All my Indian friends !! You all have been suggesting that India should play Rahanne or Manoj Tiwary . I dont think there is any problem with Indian Batting , its the bowling which always lets them down. I am sorry to say but Indian bowling is so pathetic nowadays . I still believe Zaheer Khan should 've been in the squad. He might not be economical but atleast he is wicket taking bowler. If its a batting track I can assure you guys Indian Attack bowlers I sharma and B kumar will leak atleast 150 runs between them .

Posted by AvidCricFan on (January 3, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

The problem with the Indian team are many folds. The IPL has given players easy cope out. They are losing the quality of rising to occasion effort. The other issue is simply too much T20 cricket destroying players ability to adapt to longer formats. The good/sound techniques are things of past. The senior most batsman, Shewag, is a spent force. He is one in ten innings performance person now. Gambhir also has lost his touch to stay on the crease for long. Others are relatively new and skill honing the skills. Selectors are persisting with perennial non-performers like Rohit Sharma. He has been given enough chances. He simply doesn't have right head to exploit his natural talent. He simply doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. The less said bowling the better.

Posted by wolf777 on (January 3, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

Oh well, good luck to Rohit Sharma…hope he gets his 22 runs in remaining two ODI…

Posted by ak_dragon on (January 3, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

Junaid & Irfan is Our Future.But we don't forget Anwar Ali he is a type of bowler who can swing both ways & also he can bat as well. Best of Team Pakistan...INSA"ALLAH we'll win tonight !

Posted by Digitalbouncer on (January 3, 2013, 1:07 GMT)

Guys..Lets Appreciate the best cricket.The team plays better deserve to win time has changed now, the Indian crowd/media should learn to appreciate the others also. Pakistan got low profile team who is hunger to win india on other hand india got superb batting line up but their big names are rusted they need rest.Its IPL payback who kills the hunger of cricketers.

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

Pakistan has never lost against India in this ground!!! India cant keep winning without bowlers... :)

Posted by   on (January 3, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

@Fezz.Please refrain from giving delusional comments. To say B Kumar's swing is more or less than Junaid is is the end result that matters,it always is. You are complaining that Pakistani batsmen were playing to save their wickets while the ball swung while Indian batsmen were more aggressive and hence loss their wicket.Wow, that is called good cricket,its called playing according to conditions. First off, Kumars delivery to Hafeez swung with the angle,while junaid was bringing the ball in against the angle of his delivery, and it was his significant movement against Kohli and Sehway esp. that resulted in the dismissals, Kohli even played the right shot. Kumar is a good find no doubt, but cricket is a team effort and Indian team and It seems their fans as well need to start differentiating IPL from Odis and tests.

Posted by Brambletonian on (January 3, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

for god sake pl exclude Rohit sharma...enough of him

Posted by anandkr on (January 2, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

India will continue to Struggle for about a year or two if not more. The reason is neither captaincy nor lack of talent or anything but what everyone is missing. Departure of the stalwarts - It had to happen at some point of time. Afterall, Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, Zaheer (soon to happen) all made Indian Cricket in the last 10 years and now none of them are playing in ODI barring a few in Test who would be retiring anytime. We can not blame the losses entirely on the players but it's high time that we start thinking deeply and think about the roles of the master. The BCCI bosses. What they have done? What they did in last 3-4 years to replace those stalwarts? Was there any plan in place? Obvious reason is NO. and Hence the struggle. This is just a Indian way of showing frustration if we continue to blame only the players and not the masters. When are we gonna muster courage to start blaming those masters at the top?

Posted by Jawad.Shaikh on (January 2, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

There you go, flat track is ready for india to level the series and take it to the decider.. we all know India is good these sort of track !..

Posted by Ricky_Ponting on (January 2, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

India has got a way out of their pathetic performances. Beg for a flat pitch.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (January 2, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

Sehwag along with Sharma has to go...time Dhoni opens his eyes....

Posted by Crik_Fan on (January 2, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

As always several Pakistani fans are ready with their outlandish conspiracy theories, and this mindset is the biggest threat to cricket today. They go to any extent to discredit other's wins.It is time Pakistani fans stop bringing in issues like BCCI's financial clout, commercial interests, political pressure from top, their players deliberatly underperforming resulting in loss. My question is if you dont believe the contests are gunine why you take interest in the game at all ? I can understand that bitter fans, including some Indians, blame weather conditions, umpiring howlers going against them etc. But they are all cricketing reasons. We can argue on those lines till next match happens. But non-cricketing reasons that include conspiracy theories are utter nonsense and are destructive for the game. These days the difference in top 8 teams is insignificant, they win they loose, but why things like political pressure, BCCI financial clout, commercial interests after their team loose?

Posted by Malik121 on (January 2, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Yeah! I think it should be a good game. India has got top batting and Pakistan has got top bowling.

Posted by Scheduler on (January 2, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

It would be great to see the Indian Top order fail again cause all of them had a good run without much success of late.So for the ENGLAND ODI series we can expect good number of changes and some fresh new faces and it is high time these sehwag's,gambhir's and rohit sharma's are dropped to see other good talent come into the side on the back of a Good Ranji season though a majority of the wickets were totally flat.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

My request to all fellow pakistani people is that dont be too cynical about our team...yes , we have been beaten by india in the past when the odds were in our favour but take a look at the overall stats...pakistan has beaten india 70 out of 122 that not enough for you to be proud of and to be optimistic about the chances of pakistan winning the series...and to all the indian fans saying that pakistan win was just luck and because of the conditions then it is evident that they must learn to appreciate the were outplayed in all the departments....Take it as a should be jingoistic but up to a certain limit...dont try to spread hate because of sport instead try to make the game a source of friendship between the two countries...

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 2, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Agree with @balajit - India need to play Rahane for Rohit & Shami Ahmed for Ishant. Pakistani batting is not strong can be put under pressure. However same can be said of Indian bowling. That's why we need a strike bowler like Shami, not a stock bowler like Ishant.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

MSD, India can have 5 bowlers including Ashwin, Jadeja & Irfan Pathan, all of whom can bat well (& bowl well in ODIs) so they can still bat to no 9. Yuvraj should only be the 6th bowler. 2 openers Pujara and Rahane, Kohli at 3, Raina at 4, Dhoni at 5, Yuvi at 6, then the 3 allrounders plus 2 real pacemen (oh, where are they?) or at least those who can bowl at the death. Gambhir, Sehwag & Rohit S should be out of the ODI team.

Posted by Fezz on (January 2, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

@naveed2025, u said pakistan had advantage in the last game because of toss. I watched the match. If u watched it too, please tell me if any Pakistani bowler swung the ball as much as B Kumar did. Junaid got the ball to move just enough in the first 10 overs of the innings, and then nothing after that. Even a quality bowler such as Umar Gul did not get much purchase from the pitch. On the other hand, B Kumar got the ball do much more (remember first dismissal on the first ball), and also in the first 10 overs, Pakistan batsmen were just playing for survival. Advantage of toss in just one of Dhoni's excuses. He always has one whenever he loses, and never appreciates the winning team.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

To all indians saying that pakistan is afraid of non-seaming tracks etc...well the point we wanted to make was that india with its so-called great batting failed in testing conditions and their tantrums that sub continent teams should have spinning tracks for their advantage was neutralized by england and also by the fact that pakistan also has the top 2 spin bowlers in the this so-called great batting line up cannot perform in seaming conditions...they get thumped on spinning tracks and the only way they can score is to bat on flat tracks and if thats the case then their batting cannot be called what it is called right now...and as for the people saying that junaid got wickets with the help of the pitch then i ll say that how did b kumar get his wickets ? offcourse the bowlers need to utilize the pitch...either your batting was average or junaid bowled a magic spell...the choice is yours to choose...give credit where due and dont call the pakistani win a fluke...l

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 2, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

As an Indian fan, it does hurt to see how much emphasis we are having to put on the pitch even in a one day match. Clearly tells a sorry tale of how useless the team has become.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 2, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

@haq33 on (January 02 2013, 20:27 PM GMT) - I doubt the BCCI had anything to do with that 2 ball rule. Our paceless "pace" bowlers could do with a bit of reverse swing as well. Besides, it doesn't suit our spinners any better either. This new 5 fielder rule is all but killing our so called part timers. Not sure whose bright idea it was to bring in these rules, but don't see the Indian team gaining from them at all.

Posted by Nampally on (January 2, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

If you put exactly the same team as in ODI #1 why should you expect a different performance from them? Pakistan will bowl with the same bowlers. Because the wkt. is flater, it may be little easier to play if your batting techique is correct. But these guys don't have any footwork - how can they get behind the ball? None of the top 5 has sound defence or correct footwork. Only guy with some footwork is Ashwin. He bats #8. Due to easier wkt. it may be 60 for 5 instead of 29 for 5. Knowing Dhoni he won't change the XI or the batting order one bit. If Dhoni fails, then the batting will tumble. Kohli's injury might save India from his expensive bowling. But the question is why play an injured player - India did it in England? Perhapsthis gives Dhoni an excuse for another loss. This team still has no 5th bowler. Why are Pujara & Nadeem not in the XI, especially after Pujara's double ton Vs. England & in Ranji ?Nadeem has consistently good record in Ranji & in IPL. Politics Rules India!.

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (January 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket - It wasn't luck, it was pure class bowling that clean bowled your batsmen. Think what you write on here first. It was pure class performance from the Pakistan team, and that's why we won. The better team won, now lets see what happens tomorrow. I don't know why Indian fans burn so much when they lose against Pakistan.

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 2, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

There are deep-seated problems in Indian cricket today. I fear that things are going to get worse - crazy selections, no bowling consistency to speak of. As a ODI unit we have completely lost our way. It is hard to believe we are world champions in this format. The worrying part is that Pakistan were washed by England in the UAE only 9 months ago. IF Pakistan go on to beat us in this series our confidence will be low and then England ODI arrive. What will our fine friends at the BCCI say if we lose to Pakistan and England at home? Perhaps that is what it will take to wake few people up. I hope it doesn't come to that and that we can prevail.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

It's funny to see some Pakistani fans so cynical about their own cricket. India will win because the third match shall not be a deadrubber for financial purposes. Guys, have some faith in your team, at least.

PS. I'm not addressing the entire contingent of Pakistani supporters but the limited few who are making such allegations on the cricketers from both the sides

Posted by kingofnight on (January 2, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Cricket is a game of peace and prosperity among the nations. It is a source of joy and pleasure for the people. It brings the people together of different communities, countries and religions, traditions. But you people fighting for your teams and making harsh comments against each other which totally damage the spirit of cricket and relations of love and friendship amongst us. You people should learn now that this is the era of new generation and now its time for all of us to forget everything which happened in past and not to repeat those mistakes which our elders did in past. We should support love and peace between all of us. Now lets come to the match i think that the team who play well on that particular day will win. I am a huge fan of Pakistan Cricket and belongs to Pakistan. But for me Win or Loss doesn't matter. Its a part of every game. The thing which matters most for me is that love, friendship and respect between the people of Indo-Pak and the rest of the world!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Guys it is very simple to make our India team efficient; We got a perfect opener (Rahane) to open the innings with Gambir, Why not we let Rahane and Gambir to open the innings and keep Sehwag for 3rd or 4th down. If we do so we can definitely dominate the opanent... When Sehwag coming in the middle order any team will be think off him and will surely lose their confident... Lets imagine... Gambir and Rah makes 50 + and the rest makes another 70, get down sehwag with cool mind... Now think off the total when all our Guns starts hitting after 35 or 40 overs.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

"Pakistan's seamers bowled extended spells at the nets on Tuesday, with Umar Gul, Junaid and Mohammad Irfan aiming at one stump. India, on the other hand, missed a session on Tuesday and have an optional one on the eve of the game. They may be short of adequate preparation for a game they cannot afford to lose."

LOL this says it all!

I see potential wickets for B. Kumar and Yuvraj, the rest of the indian bowlers are not attackers of the wicket but rely merely on batsmen error to yield a wicket via catch.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

I vividly remember the ODI in 1987 @ Eden Gardens with Salim Malik thrashing Maninder Singh and Kapil Dev for a whirlwind 72 and plucking away an Indian victory courtesy Srikkanth's century and Shastri's measerly bowling - hope to see a reverse this time around

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (January 2, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

Why are Pak fans worried and whining about the pitch?. First they say Pak has great bowlers and next they say India makes pitches suit their strength Are you saying Pakistan cannot play competitive cricket on non-green surfaces?. Too much pressure on Pak and Misbah to perform after a lucky spell from Junaid and an unexpected win(merely lost) in 1st ODI.

Happy New Year.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

Say What You will....All the hype on the second ODI is Nonsense...The second ODI has to go to INDIA for Two Reasons..The big money dictates that for Public to show up on Third and second bigest reason...the series has been decided to favour INDIA for playing in India....Simple as that....

Posted by haq33 on (January 2, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Hi crik fan.....pak pitches are somewhat similar but they are slightly more sporting for fast bowlers than indian pitches. but more importantly, pakistan still encourages that oh so ancient discipline of fast bowling with bounce and movement because pakistan knows that on the off chance that they bowl first on a cloudy day, they will be ready to reap the rewards. your criticism of fast bowlers needing conditions to suit them is quite unfair, as fast bowlers break their backs with every delivery whatever the type of pitch is, so most of the time they are actually tormented by batsmen. "dying breed" is what many commentators have called them, especially with T20 and BCCI brokered ICC rule changes practically abolishing reverse swing. Do you think a Pakistani would have implemented such rules?? But Indian batsmen who need to be able to see a ball deviate in slow motion to actually hit it are no doubt loving the anti-pace-bowler rule changes over recent years.

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (January 2, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

pakistan never lost game in kolkota with india 3 out of 3 welll that some record not a single win for great indian team in their home ground against pakistan .....

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

@MortalStar3 I hope you know slump is for people who reach a peak.Just looks at Rohit's International career because that is the one in question here,he has been below average.He is a great strokeplayer but has a bad defensive game which means he gets out before he can show his shots.He needs to change a lot to find a place.Sorry,not in his current form

Posted by p-khan on (January 2, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

On the comments above:Posted by SK5983 India team will crushed Pakistan team into pieces in next two matches, wait and watch......

Are you living in fools paradise. Three fast bowlers with no match on indian side. Even if india makes dead pitch in Kolkata Pakies confidance will prevail.

Posted by MyOpinion4u on (January 2, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Flat track for the 2nd ODI was plausible. Dhoni has already shown in IND Vs Eng series that he likes to play on tailored pitches. The problem here was he could neither ask for a seeming pitch nor a turning one, as in both cases Pak bowler would demolish Indian batting. So only choice left for him was to ask for a flat track to neutralize Pak bowling attack and hope their batting will beat Pak batting. This was exactly what they did in 2nd T20. I predict a flat track even for 3rd ODI.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (January 2, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

I know all ind-pak matches can be nail-biting and "killer instinct" is always on...but that's not enough for current world champs...I hope India can start year - new beginnning :) ?#@!! ha ha ha....lets wait and watch..

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni, its cricket and like every other game changes are taking place for the betterment of game, Like DRS, Field Restrictions, Two bouncers, Free Hits etc,, So you have to make adjustments at your end, instead of blaming the rules.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (January 2, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Am not understanding y people r trying to make hafeez a hero here n asking to sack misbah from captaincy by giving his slow batting as a reason but before blaming misbah just check d s/r's of misbah n hafeez n then tell who bats slowly n who needs to b sacked....

Posted by Crik_Fan on (January 2, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

@ S Hussian, I am not sure about India's answer, but I am pretty impressed with you Pakistani's ability to complain out of nothing. What are you complaining about ? Pitch ? Is the match over ? Is Pakistan going to bat on different pitch ? Are pitches in Pakistan any different from India ? So what is your point ? The headline is very clear. It means your bowlers are not going to get as lucky as they were in Channai to get a pitch loaded with moisture and wet outfiled and an overcast sky for perfect bowling conditions becasue of rain. There is no rain in Kolkata so far. Thats the meaning of headline that I believe you find hard to understand. Stop looking for excuses as Pakistanis have no right to complain about pitches as they are identical what you have in Pakistan.

Posted by sabbor on (January 2, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

wish Amir was here with jundaid khan, really missing amir here, hope jundiad can do the same again!

Posted by Manu_reddy on (January 2, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

I feel india shud select a person from outside d sub continent i e either from aus r sa (to improve our batting standards on bouncy n swinging pitches) as batting coach n an indian as bowling coach( a bowler who knows how to take wickets in india can take wickets anywher in d world n i prefer zak n sreenath for this job) n bcci shud tell curators to prepare bouncy n hard tracks for domestic tournaments n if they manage to do all these things surely in 1 r 2 years time v can become world beaters with d kind of talents v have...

Posted by Major85D on (January 2, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Pakistan will lose, because of their captain misbah. he should step down as captian and retire. his poor and slow batting is not good enough. hafeez is real captain.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Azhar needs 2 b in to play out 1st 10 overs. after that Inida has no bowling. how can Pak, afford to expose yunus or misbah to early swing.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (January 2, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

indian fast bowlers under injury list: p kumar,m patel, rp singh,i pathan,u yadav,v aron,zak,sreesanth,v kumar n pacers currently playing for india:b. kumar,dinda,ishanth n talented pacers from domestic circuit:shami ahmad,ishwar pandey,awana,mithun,sandeep,pankaj,basanth mohanthi n cant v prepare a formidable bowling attack with these pacers,surely v can but for that our bowlers need to b monitored well n have to stay away from injuries n then v can also rotate bowler like how aus r doing..

Posted by alvin28 on (January 2, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

ohh man this jundaid khan got some talent i have no clue where they coming from ? aamir asif now junaid ? i heard about anwari ali he got some serious swing as well pakistan is the land of talent there is no doubt abt that

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

India team will crushed Pakistan team into pieces in next two matches, wait and watch......

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 2, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

once again we are going to see a match played on a road. As the indians are experts on playing in these roads. But we wont see any different in indias performance. We will see a repeat telecast of the 1st ODI, without Dhonis hundred. That means a humilating defeat is on the cards for India.

Posted by MortalStar3 on (January 2, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

I don't understand why everyone gets on Rohit Sharma's case (or any other player going through a slump).. granted he hasn't been performing lately but he is one of the best prospects for India for the next 10 years.. You can't throw a player out every time they go into a slump.. you need to have faith in them and let them work through their issues. Cricket is a team game and even if 1 or 2 players are going through a tough time, you still have 9-10 other players that can score runs (which in India's case, hasn't really been happening lately).

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Azhar Ali is sure to lose his place. He looked too tentative and Umar Akmal just can't wait to regain his place. Wish the Akmal brothers would score some runs. They have been very poor in that department lately. I don't understand why Pakistan continues to play Kamran Akmal. The guy is useless as a batsman; the world's worst wicketkeeper. He is under a cloud of suspicion for match fixing and yet he is back in the team. Surely there are a couple of wicketkeeper batsmen in Pakistan who could be tried out.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (January 2, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

The heading should b"kolkata offers more hope to batsmen" bcoz in my opinion pak batsmen wouldn't be anoyed eithr,ind have betr finishr than pak though,if pak want to be among top 3 nations in all formats,misbah,azhar should b immeditly removed 4rm odi squad as they r asset 4 tests only,especialy when we have so many young exciting talents waiting in d wings,shahzad,nasir umar akmal should b made permanent whil babar,usman,sharjeel should b tried also in bilatrel series and improvment in pak cric would b evident,hopefuly dis year would b of young paki cricktrs.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Wow! Looks like india got a very brilliant answer to all their problems! That's right! When you lose, just make the deadliest of the pitches with nothing in for the bowlers and score big scores and get the crowd going...I must say this technique is working great so far for the indian team!

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

I'm not saying it's impossible but I can't understand how "Kolkata offers more hope for India", as they've never beaten Pakistan here. Anyway, I'm sure it'll be yet another crackerjack. Sehwag is India's key player against Pak, but it won't be a bad idea to get Rahane in place of Rohit Sharma!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (January 2, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

The heading should b"kolkata offers more hope to batsmen" bcoz in my opinion pak batsmen wouldn't be anoyed eithr,ind have betr finishr than pak though,if pak want to be among top 3 nations in all formats,misbah,azhar should b immeditly removed 4rm odi squad as they r asset 4 tests only,especialy when we have so many young exciting talents waiting in d wings,shahzad,nasir umar akmal should b made permanent whil babar,usman,sharjeel should b tried also in bilatrel series and improvment in pak cric would b evident,hopefuly dis year would b of young paki cricktrs.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Azhar Ali out, Umar Akmal in. Not right for Umar to sit out when he is the highest ranked Pakistan batsman in ICC ODI rankings.

Posted by perl57 on (January 2, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Yep, We need to lose this series and lose it big time. Show the world that without Tendulkar India is zero again. We need someone to rise out of the ashes. Start with England series where people show some application. Take IPL as an entertainment and country based games seriously.

Posted by balajit on (January 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

India need to play rahane for rohit & shami ahmed for Ishant. Pakistani batting is not strong can be put under pressure. However same can be said of Indian bowling. It would be better for India to chase ( hope dhoni win the toss)

Good luck to Team India!

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Lets hope for the best for Inida, as Pakistan is on driving seat. The recent form of Pakistan team and past statitics shows that Eden Garden is more favourable venue for Pakistan. Its a best chance to win the serie with white wash.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (January 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Rahane is a player who goes against the grain of his contemporary Indian batsmen in that he looks like has the technique and temperament. It's hugely disappointing to see Rahane is not being given the chance he has earned to open in tests. He doesn't fear pace the way Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj do or bounce like Raina. Instead he's being asked to open in T20s and whilst he's done ok, it's the not right position for him in that format or in ODIs. If he opens in latter, he should be allowed to anchor the innings, bat for as long as possible and not feel pressured to take the ariel route to keep up the strike rate. Bring him into the team for Sehwag.

Posted by Bruisers on (January 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Kohli is fit and will play :)

Gambhir, Sehwag/Rahane, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Mishra, B.Kumar, Ishant, Dinda

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Why is this Rohit Sharma always in the squad and also in the playing 11 and not performing..why are the selectors or M.S.Dhoni not giving any chances to manoj Tiwary even though he is in the squad...through Rohit out who does nothing and bring some body who would perform at least a little..

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Pakistan going 2 white wash India umar akmal should be played instead of Azhar Ali

Posted by hst84 on (January 2, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

India also possess the talent that they can fill up the team with, especially fast bowlers and all-rounders. It's only Dhoni and the selectors who have to analyse and muster up those who are competent and have the qualities of emerging as India's finest like Kapil Dev.

Posted by hamza893 on (January 2, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

As far as Pakistan has shown their dominance in all aspects whether bowling,batting and fielding in this tour,i don't think so Pakistan will lose this match but on the other hand we can't forget the unpredictabality of Pak Team.So after seeing their current form i don't think so Pak will feel nervous in chasing too as we saw in the second t20.So i hope this match be played in true spirit of game and the better team will take the match.As a Paki Fan my vote for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

I think Rahane would be a good replacement for Sehwag, seeing as he preformed well in the first T20. As for Pakistan, I suggest replacing Azhar Ali with Umar Akmal or let Haris Sohail have his debut game. Azhar looks out of form and plays a bit too slow for ODIs.

Posted by sss_m19 on (January 2, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

I really wish india to lose this series for any changes to happen for betterment of cricket future..Otherwise..the IPL franchises will not let their heroes to be dropped from team which will affect their collection.Gambhir whill definitely bot be dropped atleast till 2013 IPL as their contracts get over this year...We should hit at the IPL pockets by skipping them and it is only possible by us...What BCCI is forgetting is, once playesr play well for India..they will automatically become heroes..

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

i just think its going to be a good match..........yes Indians will come hard at us....make no mistakes about it.......pitch will sure be a belter......300+ score will be required to win the match

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Its not a rocket science to predict that this match will be a high scoring thriller.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

manoj tiwary is injured mates...cricinfo could you make a page for injured list of players as well(of all countries)...that will help us to be updated who is available for national selection

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

India will certainly bounce back in Kolkata ODI match against Pakistan.


Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

if its a batting wicket then azhar ali should be replaced by umar akmal.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

Captain Cool and his band of merry men went home to celebrate New Year's Eve and arrived late in Kolkata. They haven't had the time for trivial things like a much-needed practice session! On the other hand, the Pakistan players have been busy honing their skills, although they won the last match without breaking a sweat!!

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 2, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

my money on umer akmal or haris sohail instead of azhar he is very poor when we need runs he can play slow cricket but he is not some one who can make some run a ball for as bowling i dont think we should binge last time attack but o not sure may be anwar ali for irfan dont know but i o sure pak will select unchanged side.they are doing that for some years.

Posted by Leggie on (January 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

It's surprising that Sehwag/ Gambhir continues to gain the confidence of selectors despite their very ordinary record over the last year and a half. In the 14 ODIs post WC 2011 that Sehwag has played, he has 1 innings of 219 and another 263 runs off 13 innings! Gambhir on the other hand averages 40+ in the 26 innings he has played - but some deeper analysis will show that his best contributions have come only against SL. He is clearly a player struggling for form and against better bowling attacks and on bowling friendly conditions his confidence is bound to take further beating! It's time to rope in Pujara for middle order and Rahane to open. In their current form, at best only one of Sehwag or Gambhir should play in the XI

Posted by pitch_curator on (January 2, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

I think Pak have landed their best punch in chennai and they had a bit of fortune smiling on them as well. If the teams play to potential India should edge out Pakistan especially in the later overs of the game as India's finishers are better than Pak who have gone with safety approach in batting. If Pak's bowlers dont fire in the first 10 overs then it is India's game to lose.

Posted by Nampally on (January 2, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

It is repeat of 3rd test team Vs. England- which remained unchanged after sound thrashing in second Test! It is shameful that the Selectors do not even have guts to stand up be counted for dropping Pujara from this ODI team. There is absolutely no justification for excluding arguably the best Indian batsmen today.I go back to Einstien in defining "Insanity" - as repeating the same blunders after repeated failures. India was short of one bowler & a sheet anchor in batting at the top level. Simple answer was S.Nadeem as the bowler + Pujara as the missing sheet anchor. Is it any wonder that India keeps losing matches thru' insane selection & tactics on the field. Don't be surprised if Kohli, Raina & Yuvraj bowl 9 overs for 77 runs again! Kohli was in form when he got about 1024 runs in 2012 but he has lost it now. Pujara is in terrific form & would have substituted Kohli's loss of form. India needs 1,2 punch after the openers. Sehwag & Gambhir can produce but they are out of form too!

Posted by T.R.GHANCHI on (January 2, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Being a non-Indian, I believe Manoj Tiwary is being consistently neglected by the captain Dhoni and the selectors where as Rohit Sharma has been time after time given chances even though he is not performing.

Why are Indian fans not vocal about this issue?

Posted by Sunil_Canada on (January 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

MSD, Coach & selection committee - Can you tell me the reason to leave Rahane out. In both T20s he was out becoz he wanted to make quick runs becoz there are only 20 overs. He looked very confident and played all nice cricketing shots. He should be the first choice as batsman especially becoz of his recent success against mostly the same bowling. Who cares he is an opening batsman. When Sachin opens in ODI, you have Gambhir come down the order, why couldnt you do the same with Rahane. Good batsman like Rahane would make runs irrespective of what number he comes in. Do you really think demoralized Rohit Sharma is better than inspired Rahane. Why are we digging our own grave and disappointing so many millions of fans. Please be logical!

Posted by laxmanrules on (January 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Good luck team India. Heart says Pakistan will win it though. For once, we are the worse team on paper too. They have the better bowlers by far and better batsmen too. To think that Umar Akmal is woefully out of form and still they have out batted us is in T20s and ODIs is just disheartening.

Its a simple code. If Yuvraj 50, we win, else, lose.

Posted by sckandy on (January 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Medias still says India has strong batting line-up, That golden time is over at this moment non of them are in form and all of them very much inconsistant bowling line-up is all time worst, I think it will be miracle if India could win the series.

Posted by haq33 on (January 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Pak's spinners will come good on this pitch. Hafeez will choke and apply the pressure for Ajmal to move in and disturb the furniture, all while the world's greatest "part-time home tigers" are looking the wrong way.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Sehwag should not make runs tomorrow. If he makes runs he wud play in the next 5 ODIs and we will again c India struggling to get a good start

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

and my option was replacing rohit wit shami ahmed..bcoz rohit is fully out of form though he s a talented player..shami has to be given a chance as similar to bhuvaneshwar vl be fortune if v find a another better player with kumar it vl help indias bowling whr india actually lag ...

Posted by deol84 on (January 2, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

its very surprising people still think india have strong batting line up.i will agree if they also start mentioning against what kind of bowling attack.Its 60/40 in favour of pakistan unless indian players show some pride for the country.

Posted by khurramsch on (January 2, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

History doesnt matter much. so i dont think that it will do any good to say that pakistan record good at kolkata. they will have to play best to win. its still difficult and will hav to work very hard. pitch is easy 1 and pakistan batting still a bit worry. also they made mistake of same plan in 2nd t20 as 1st . hope they change game plan this time around otherwise will be difficult.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 2, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Time to put all stuff together and fire as a team, entry in field and win the match. Go and Bleed Blue.............

Posted by ysatti on (January 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

I can see huge pressure on India.... of must win game... otherwise series to loose. Huge crowd will be in as capacity is 90k..... Pakistan have no such pressure but plus points like.... never loose to India at Kolkata... .... Go Pakistan Go.... You can do it in your way...

Posted by annys on (January 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

rahane,gauti,kohli,dhoni,yuvi,raina,bhuvaneshwar,,aswin,amith,dinda,ishanth tats my team

Posted by crickt2 on (January 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

As the news is already out that Kolkatta track will be a traditional indian wicket , with no hope for bowlers and the conditions for bowling will get only worse due to dew as the game will progress , that has got lots and lots of runs. Well let us hope like mumbai test this pitch also backfires so that BCCI may finally be forced to show some guts and prepare cricket friendly wickets and may be those wickets might inspire some hope in what was recently termed as "vulnerable to extinction" pace attack. If india is to win anything outside , well they are not looking good at home also, then BCCI will have to look beyond "just money making wickets", they will need to improve their pace attack and provide them with more bowler friendly tracks or otherwise they really will get EXTINCT ........

Posted by gunnerr4life on (January 2, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Please play Anwar Ali for God's sake !! This guy is never given a chance even when everyone knows the quality he posses ... Anwar Ali in for M. Irfan !

Posted by BaigSaqib on (January 2, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Cricket is not played on paper…… I see a number of folks making comments that if this happens or that would have happened….. even I can say that if Muhammad Amir was playing on the other day then India would have bowled out for 50 runs but cricket is played on the ground…….. in test matches side batting 4th has a significant disadvantage so one cannot cry that toss is critical as the Indian team and media was crying over on the last match….. whoever wins on ground deserves to win irrespective of toss, wicket condition, bad umpiring……. The game has been played like this for decades….

Posted by uday71 on (January 2, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

india should replace I.sharma by Amit Mishra and if possible bring manoj tiwary and rahane in the match

Posted by Ajayvs on (January 2, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

We have been waiting for Rohit Sharma to play to his potential since the dawn of the universe after the big bang. It's time to reconcile to the fact that he is just a mirage and let's move on. His place should be taken by Amit Mishra considering Ashwin is playing more and more like a batsman and also considering the fact that Mishra himself has been in good batting form on the domestic circuit. No Ravindra Jadeja again please. Ajinkya Rahane also deserves a place in the starting eleven instead of Shewag.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

I wish Hafeez does well. The kind of form he is, flat track .. he'll be a treat. Technically sound and if he can be a shadow of the Hafeez he was during the second T20, we'll be in for a treat.

Posted by The_Mystery_Ball on (January 2, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

India win the toss, bat first, score more than 320, Pakistan make 270 at most (give or take 20 runs). Although I do hope my predictions are wrong. Go Pakistan !

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

I think Pakistan should make two changes. Take in Umar Akmal in Azar Ali out. And Wahab Riaz in M.Irfan out. It will be a better option for My favorite. Abdur Rahman from Colombo!

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

India should blood a youngster like Shami Ahmed who swings both the ways at a pace above 140 consistently.Eden is Shami's home pitch, so its better India drops Ishant who is more of a seamer than a swing bowler ( even though Eden is a flat wicket).

Posted by Fayyaz01 on (January 2, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

India has lost strong batting side advantage after Sacchin and Dravid. Pakistan is lowest in batting ranking among top five teams but india is no better than Pakistan anymore in batting. As per the new ODI rules ( max. four fileders outside the circle after PP) the better bowling side has greater chances of win. Part time bowlers will be misrable in coming ODI's. Its time for India to change their strategy and play with five regular bowlers. Jadeja instead of Rohit wil be a better option for Ind. Although Pakistan's batting is weaker than India but they have better chances at Kilkata due to better bowling options.

Posted by Junikamra on (January 2, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

i think India will bounce bak very strongly don't forget the condition in which junaid destroy India top order nd ind top order is deadly dangerous they will not be 29/5 everyday.. when condition was bowling friendly junaid bowl really well after that u all have seen wt happen... i want pak to win but it will not be so easy they have to work really hard tomorrow.. ind will lot depend on kohli nd pak have to get rid of kohli early..

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (January 2, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

India should replace Gambhir with Rahane...any wicket taking fast bowler in place of club level bowler Ishant Sharma...

Posted by kamsys007 on (January 2, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

umar akmal should replace azhar ali!! because ali is not a odi player yet!! pak XI: 1.jamshed 2 .hafeez 3.younis 4.umar akmal 5.misbah 6.malik 7.kamran 8.gul 9.ajmal 10.junaid 11. irfan!!!! GO GREEN SHIRTS

Posted by TheTrueSport on (January 2, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

once irfan pathan and yadav are back, india will be much better. for now, rohit sharma should be replaced with a bowler. sehwag also should be replaced by rahane

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

pakistan carries the load of afridi with the hope that he will perform..although he mostly does something at least in any one of the dept (bowling/batting). on the other hand, india carries the load of gambhir, sehwag, rohit, ishant who mostly fail in all the departments...

Posted by senthil25 on (January 2, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Pakistan is good team, but Tommrow India will win...........comfortably, i like to see Ajmal vs yuvraj, already Yuvaraj destroyed ajmal, both are strong character so ajmal come back strong...... Its going interesting context........

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Admirable though Dhoni's century at Madras was, he committed the cardinal error of the game by taking Kumar off way too early & recalling him to the attack far too late to make any appreciable difference: yet another chink in the captaincy armour of a player who now seems bereft of either invention or the ability to motivate his players. The sooner Kohli becomes India's captain across all three formats the better, not least because it'll allow MSD the opportunity to focus more on his batting & keeping. As for dropping Sehwag for Rahane: right replacement, wrong replacee. It's Gambhir who should go. He simply doesn't look an international-class batsman anymore in *any* format, whereas Viru remains one of only two Indian batsmen (the other being Kohli) capable of turning any game on its head within half an hour.

Posted by senthil25 on (January 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

India should replace Gambhir with Rahane, Sharma with Avana...........sure India will win this match........

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (January 2, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

'Rohit Sharma is 22 short of reaching 2000 runs in ODIs' and will take 6 innings to get there. India will keep playing him till then

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (January 2, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

If wicket is expected to be flat then Pakistan must replace Azhar with Umar Akmal and send him at No 4 position in between Younis and Misbah. Two senior players to hold the wicket are sufficient, we need a batsman with fire-power to balance the team. Azhar is good for test if he scores here that will not help Pakistan to attain much needed high total (350 plus) on flat track.

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (January 2, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

I love the idea of the pitch being India's hope for winning. Has it really come to this, where India has absolutely no confidence in its players that they hope (and pray) the pitch will help them out and be a deciding factor? I have an idea: Since the BCCI essentially runs world cricket - ICC is merely BCCI's whipping boy - why doesn't India get, say, a 50-run advantage in every ODI, and a 100-run advantage in every test played in India? That way India could be (nearly) assured of victory every time; or, at least, have a better chance at winning. And Dhoni, Kohli, Gmabhir et al can again proclaim how they are the best team in the world.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 2, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Get Umar akmal to replace azhar and get anwar ali to replace gul. Azhar is only test material and gul is just a disappointment over so many years. i hope pakistan wins and Haris Sohail gets a chance to replace younis for last odi because otherwise i dont see misbah giving him a chance. Best of luck Guys

Posted by Cricketfan08 on (January 2, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Both teams have contested really well so far. Bring on Eden Gardens!!!!!!

Posted by E.Ul-haq on (January 2, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

I support Pak team but will must say, Sehwag is the biggest threat and he can win the match single handed. I don't know why Indian media is in favour for his replacement. India has strongest batting side and Sehwag is the player, if he is out for less, there is still enough batting available. If he stays for 15 over the match result is decided. In Pakistan team if Kamran is replaced with his brother then it will add enough to watch Pakistan batting side as well, but Umer always under perform when his brother is not their as wicket keeper.... I personally feel India should be allowed to have 2 international teams. Look at UK, Irland, Scotland, England have their own teams, but they share Prime Minister:) Good luck to both teams and I hope there will be another close thriller ....

Posted by Major85D on (January 2, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Azhar Ali is much better in Test than in ODI. Imran Farhat should play instead of him. He is an agressive player, exactly what pakistan need. And hafeez should be captain instead of misbah.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

After Waseem Akram era, Pakistan haven't been that lucky in Eden Gardens, but I'd love to see the teams clash in India's Greatest Stadium!

Posted by abhiyog on (January 2, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Rahane should replace injured kohli and Jadeja can substitute Rohit as Jadeja can bowl and fields well........expecting India to level the series and go to capital for a Big Final.........

Posted by E.Ul-haq on (January 2, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

I am quite surprised with a short and hidden from main page Preview ...

Posted by 1_234 on (January 2, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

"Kolkata offers more hope for India" means pitch will help india to win? oh, again, it will not be players that are hopes for india.

Posted by NasserAliKhan on (January 2, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Keep the Akmals out; then Pakistan can cope with the other problems and win.

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Pakistan has proved to be the slightly stronger belligerent in the matches contested so far. And if the performances put up by both teams so far are any indication, Pakistan should win tomorrow.

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