India v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Delhi

India's bowlers prevent whitewash

The Report by George Binoy

January 6, 2013

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India 167 (Dhoni 36, Ajmal 5-24) beat Pakistan 157 (Misbah 39, Ishant 3-36) by ten runs
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The Pakistan team after the 2-1 victory, India v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Delhi, January 6, 2013
The Pakistan team with the trophy after winning the ODI series 2-1 © BCCI
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  • The ten-run win is India's third lowest against Pakistan (in terms of runs) overall and their lowest in home ODIs against Pakistan. The lowest (four runs) was in Quetta in 1978.
  • The run aggregate in the game (324 runs) is the third lowest in an ODI in India in matches where both sides have been bowled out. It is also the second lowest aggregate in an India-Pakistan game, after the 212 runs in Sharjah in 1985.
  • For only the fourth time in India-Pakistan matches overall, and the first time since 1996 in Toronto, there was not a single half-century in the game. It is also the second such instance in Delhi.
  • Saeed Ajmal's 5 for 24 is the fifth best performance by a Pakistan bowler against India. However, it is the second best by a Pakistan bowler in a defeat against India, after Imran Khan's 6 for 14 in 1985.

Not since the winter of 1983, when Clive Lloyd's West Indies avenged their loss in the World Cup final, had India been whitewashed in an ODI series at home. Following their third poor batting performance against Pakistan, India were hurtling towards a 0-3 score line in the cold of Delhi, until their bowlers rallied in conditions that offered seam and spin, applying relentless pressure until Misbah-ul-Haq's team cracked in the dead rubber.

As Yuvraj Singh, pursued by team-mates, went off on a celebratory run and slide after catching Mohammad Hafeez in the penultimate over to secure a hard-fought victory, the exuberant celebrations on the field and in the stands at the Kotla were a release of emotion from a country that has had precious little to celebrate in cricket in recent times.

An Indian victory, however, had appeared unlikely after their batsmen had crumbled against Pakistan's versatile attack. A raw seam attack, spearheaded by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the debutant Shami Ahmed, had only 167 to defend and they went about it manfully. Ahmed began his spell with two maiden overs and continued to bowl with economy. Bhuvneshwar nipped out two early wickets with inswingers and bowled his ten overs on the trot, leaving Pakistan 55 for 2 after 19 overs.

During that period, India's fielding was at its best, with Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja throwing their bodies around on a chilly evening to cut off fluent flicks and drives. The only easy runs Pakistan got were two leg-side wides from the offspinner R Ashwin that beat MS Dhoni and sped to the boundary.

Pakistan rebuilt through Misbah, who batted doggedly for 39 off 82 balls, first with Nasir Jamshed and then with Umar Akmal. Both those stands were ended by Ashwin, and at 113 for 4 in difficult batting conditions, India were gaining ground. They received a lucky break, when Shoaib Malik was adjudged lbw to Ishant Sharma though he was hit outside the line, and Akmal charged Ravindra Jadeja too early and was stumped.

Only Hafeez, batting at No. 7 because of an injury while bowling, stood between India and victory and he was dropped by Rahane in the 42nd over, a straightforward chance at leg slip. He dragged his team towards the target and had to refuse singles with the No. 11 Mohammad Irfan, after Pakistan had lost three wickets in eight balls. With 23 runs needed in the last two overs, Hafeez hit two boundaries before holing out to off Ishant.

Any immediate anguish Pakistan felt, however, quickly dissipated as their players, heavily jacketed in the misty evening, celebrated a 2-1 series victory.

That India had at least 167 to defend was largely down to Dhoni, who was Man of the Match for his captaincy and his 36 off 55 balls, and Jadeja. Having left out Virender Sehwag to give Rahane a run, India lost three early wickets to the pace and swing of Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan. And they continued to struggle against Saeed Ajmal, who dismissed Suresh Raina and Ashwin off successive deliveries on his way to a five-wicket haul. India were 111 for 6 in the 29th over. Dhoni immediately carted Hafeez for his third six over deep midwicket and in a later over he inflicted the blow - a flat smash - that forced the Pakistan opener down the order.

Dhoni fell in the 35th over and Jadeja, because he was running out of partners, began to attack and score what he could. He hit a towering straight six off Umar Gul, and another off Ajmal over cow corner, but his riposte ended on 27. India were dismissed in the 44th over, but the wasted resources did not cost them the game.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Harmony111 on (January 9, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

@mazii: Oh, so cos Bhuvnesh went for runs in a match he ceases to be a promising bowler? Is that your argument? Well, your best bowler Ajmal was ravaged for 18 runs by Hussey in WT20 in WI to win the match - so is Ajmal not a good bowler? The very same bowler looked helpless in Asia Cup vs Ind and your Umar Gul went for 60-65 runs in 9 overs. Considering that these were pretty experienced bowlers they must be worse than Bhuvnesh Kumar if one goes by your argument.

Anyways, it is easy to see that from Ind vs Pak you have now come down to comparing a rookie Ind bowler with your so called great bowling attack. Well, if young Bhuvnesh gets compared to Umar Gul or Junaid Khan then it shows Bhuvnesh must be very promising. But your Junaid Khan gets compared to another Pak disappointment Mohd Sammi so one can see where Junaid will end up finally.

Listen buddy, a bowling attack that fails to defend 329 must be an overrated lot.

Still no signs of Kiwirocker - he must be in hiding, shaken.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 9, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

@mazii: So you took your first English lesson today and learnt the word "Imagine"? Good going.

I thought it was obvious to anyone but I comment here cos I like this game. Inf act I comment on other articles too, not just Ind-Pak. My love goes beyond your typical parochial limits. You and your dear friend Kiwirocker keep saying they will answer they will answer yet you guys never answer. Even when you are exposed fully you still keep making fresh frivolous claims. Where is your fella Kiiwrocker? Where is he hiding now? And Jamshed scored one of the ugliest 100s I have ever seen, hardly the sign of a good future. Jamshed will at best be a above average batsman, he will never become a great, he is far too limited in talent to ever become a great.

Let's see what your Juanid Khan does in the future, as of now he is another Sammi for me. Ind will thrash Pak when it comes to another big match in WC, I hope you will l call your bowlers great even then - keep enjoying your grandeur delusions.

Posted by mazii on (January 9, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

harmony111. you are funny my dear. keep it up with your good work. Your comments really made me laugh. Do you know B.kumar performance in the 2nd ODI, in nine overs he gave away 61 runs with just one wicket. And in the same match junaid took three wicket for 39 runs. You really need some mentorship man as you are really shattered by 8-0, 2-1 and now 2-1....lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by mazii on (January 9, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Harmony111... I can't help my laughter my dear. Are you serious that you don't care this series loss 2-1. Then why are you commenting here if you don't care. The reason why you are commenting here is just because you are frustrated my dear and try to console yourself after this humiliation. Don't worry about kiwirocker. I'm here to give reply of every frustrated question of yours. I imagine how it feels like losing a series from your arch-rival. I can imagine the deep pain you are in. I can imagine the silence of crowd after Junaid's wickets. I can imagine how annoayed, but helpless, you are when Jamshed scored two centuries in India and in front of Indian crowd. I can imagine you how livid you would have been when the best batting line up shattered like house of cards against world class but inexperieneced bowlers. Now please don't use my word imagine as you have been using my word. I think you better teach your cricketrs how to bat against moving ball instead of defending them. lolz

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 9, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@g.narsimha: Yes dear, the Pak fans talk so much about Junaid and Irfan but it was our Bhuvnesh who made their batsmen look like ducks in his spells. The way he bowled Hafeez and Akmal was absolutely awesome. Junaid khan is good but the Pak fans have started to talk about him as if he is already a great bowler, we've seen what happened to their other bowlers in the past too. Even their speed sensation Shoaib Akhtar did not achieve much at the Intl level and their Mohd Sami is long obscure now. I was only being civil and sporting with them when I praised Junaid and Irfan but TBH, Irfan is not a bog deal to handle, he is not even too quick, around 140 at most times. We wills see where Junaid Khan goes but he is def not as of now a great bowler, only a promising bowler.

Besides, Pak struggled to chase 133 in 1st T20 and could not chase 167 in the 3rd ODI, Indi scored 192 in the 2nd T20 and Dhoni absolutely murdered them in the 1st ODI - where was their good bowling attack then?

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 9, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@Kiwirocker:- HAHA, u vanished from here cos you had absolutely no answers to my challenges. Prove that dodgy balls were used in WC 2011 & Sachin used his clout to prevent Ind-Pak cricket in 90s. Prove or accept defeat.

@Mazii:- So did you enroll for English and Maths lessons? You really really need them. You can't get away after saying that Ind's batting failed 4 times in 3 matches - just how big a blunder was that from you? And if you say that Pak have won the latets ODI series vs India and the past suddenly does not matter then we Ind fans look at it this way: Ind have won vs Pak the last time they played in WC, the last time they played in WT20, the last time they played an ODI vs them and the last time they played an T20 vs them. Where is anything for Pak to feel good about? You guy only won by a 1 ODI margin. Who knows what Ind would have done had it been a 4 0r 5 match series? Ind defeated you 4-1 the last time Ind played IN Pak - that was something special, not this 2-1 win.

Posted by bearface on (January 9, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Pakistan completely dominated India in the first two odis in their home conditions. The Indian Flat track bullies were exposed once again against quality seam bowling. India played well to win the last game though they were helped by some horrendous batting from pakistan but that is not the point really the pakistani batting lineup in the recent past has been pretty much hopeless and they continued that in this series except Jamshed who was brilliant but the Indian batting line up has always been considered their strength but they were completely dismantled by the Pakistani bowlers which setup the series for Pakistan. Junaid and Jamshed were the bright sparks for Pakistan and Bhuveshnwar Kumar was the bright spark for India. The Indian team was humiliated in this series and yet we see posters crowing about the 10 run victory . India better do something about their Overrated and Arrogant primadonnas who think they are indispensable they are pretty much on the verge of being minnows.

Posted by g.narsimha on (January 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

HARMONY-111-Nothing can convince these people let them live in falsified pride on winning an odd odi series, instead the credit must go to ENG for demoralising our team we are low on confidence,internal fued,wrong selection contributed in our loss they could capatalis it,but we must give credit where it deserve,pak team played good crecket &won, let them celebrat ,these are the rare opportunities for them to cheer for something as they starved off positives .one thing they canningly avoiding is if thier JUNAID WAS OUTSTANDING THAN OUR KUMAR WAS EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE& now we got SHAMI ,they always refer our bowling as weak but we always won matches with better performance of bowlers this medeocre bowling bundled them for just 120 in SL in t-20,couldnt chase 160 against worse bowling in the world,KIWIROCKER must know its not INDIAS test playing status under review BUT its thier teams future still hangs in uncertenity as still no one wants to engage them,forget visiting thier place ,

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

As usual Kiwirocker makes some absolutely blatantly frivolous comments about something connected to India and then when challenged to prove those frivolous claims he either does not reply at all or makes a very feeble attempt by making another equally frivolous and funny claim. I've seen him for long here, have challenged him plenty of times in the past and have never had a proper reply from him about his claims. For eg, he often claimed that Sachin used his clout in the early 1990s to prevent Ind-Pak cricket cos he was afraid of facing the Pak fast bowlers - can anything be more frivolous than this? Firstly, Sachin never had that sort of clout in early 90s and he was never afraid of facing them ever. He came back to face them even in his debut series when he was hit so Kiwirocker's claim is totally baseless and imaginary. In any case, we all know how Sachin smashed all of these fast bowlers in WC 03.

Today too, Kiwirocker made some claims but proved none of them - then he ran away.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

@mazii: Oh come on, you have now lost all sense of tracking here. Ind scored 133 in the T20 match - THAT WAS A DIFFERENT SERIES. The ODI series has only 3 matches fyi.

And if a new or a rebuilding team does well in some match then it is good news cos its a bonus, if it fails in some match then it does not mean it should be needlessly criticized. And so what if Kohli did not score runs in this series? He is human too, he will not score runs all the time. We are not worried about him at all. He is one of the best batsman in the world and he will come good in crunch matches.

A more imp question is for your bowling. Your so called great bowlers could not stop India from chasing 329 runs - and they did it easily. You still want to call them great bowlers? With all due respect to them, it is very premature to label any one of them as great except perhaps Ajmal - who I think is 35 - right?

When batsmen struggle, any bowler will get wickets obviously. Nothing special there.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

@ mazii: Can't you see the difference between Impressive, Awesome and Great? Look, if you don't know the difference between these very basic and commonly used words then I don't think there is any point in talking to you any further. You need English lessons it seems (and maths too, 4 failures in a 3 match series lol).

And don't worry about Kiwirocker, he can only make random bitter comments and lacks the ability to be logical and presentable. His comments are mostly idiotic and laughable. He said dodgy balls were used in the WC 2011 that helped Ind win it. Firstly, he should show the proof and secondly, he should show that those dodgy balls helped India only and no other country.

I thought you would be more logical than him but when you said Ind batting failed 4 times in a 3 match series you looked very funny there. Cricinfo, pls publish - he did say that.

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

harmony111...I think you have forgotten when India gave Pakistan 133 to win in first T20. India were 77-0 and suddenly went into slumber and bundled out for 133. So, you are saying that India is in rebuilding process. Yes to some extent India is in transition phase. But when last time India chased 329 against Pakistan, India were more or less same team with the exclusion of few players that you have right now in this series. So, how it is possible that almost same batting line up that chased down 329 against Pakistan could bundled out for 167 in third and in second for 165 and reduced to 29/5 in first odi and bundled out for mere 133 in first t20. So, do you know the same Kohli, who scored 185 against us, could only score 0, 6 and 7 and out by Junaid three times. So, your reason is that your team is in transition but your batting prospects are as bad that they couldn't score even 175. Our strength is bowling and we did it consistently but what about your batting? Please be rational.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

@ mazii: When did I deny that Junaid and Jamshed are not emerging talents? You are now resorting to blatant lies. I had said it is too early to even consider Junaid or Irfan as great bowlers cos they have hardly started. Look where your so called future great bowler Sammy is these days, no one knows about him. And ofc we would get stuck into the 167 runs chase cos it is indeed very shameful if an intl team fails to chase it in 50 overs against a very inexperienced and weak attack. It shows just how weak your batting is. Pak should be ashamed the way Misbah batted. Rebuilding does not merely mean batting, it also means bowling but I don't expect you to be too fine in your logic. Your logic is that in a 3 match series Ind batting failed 4 times - lol, I can't stop laughing at this. And whether batting fails or bowling fails, it is the result that matters. Ind have ruled over Pak in major tournaments, this is a fact. As for Pak batting, remember 87 a.o chasing 125? You proud of it?

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Harmony111.... As an Ind fan I must say I am unhappy at our performance and impressed at Pak's. Junaid is awesome while Irfan is impressive. Hope Ind too find one soon cos I don't want a 0-3.

Dear this was your comment after losing 2nd ODI against Pakistan. I don't want to say anything further. How it is possible for you to say that Pakistanis bowlers are not quality bowlers but after losing second match you were saying that Junaid is awesome and Irfan is impressive. Is this the height of hypocrisy or what it is. You better don't write something or change your mind before praising someone. Cheers.

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Kiwi....Dear mr harmony111 can't sleep so that's why he wants some consolation by commenting here. Lolzzzzzzzzzzzz. Digest 2-1 humiliatingly sweet defeat dear.

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

harmony111.... Dear I can imagine how frustrated you are after this humiliation. We don't have young guns. This humiliation was gifted to you by our young guns Junaid and Jamshed. For your information Jamshed is just 22 and Junaid is 23. If they are not emerging young guns then God knows what is your definition of young guns. Yes we couldn't get 167. But why you have stuck into that. Indian batting line up failed four times in this series. Indian batting line up can't get to even 175. Isn't that hilarious for you. Gamhbir, Kohli, raina, Shewag, Sharma is the part of re building process? I'm admitting that we played badly in final ODI. But what about Indian batting line up. Do you have any idea that for how long Shewag, Sharma, raina, Kohli and gambhir have been playing for India and still you're saying re building phase. India have been exposed four times. But how many times Pakistan failed against your so called good bowlers? You've to digest this. Lolzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Albertcampbell.... You have said it all Dear that India needs some intercontinental cup as they can't play test cricket with these young guns who can only play IPL and good for nothing when it comes o real hard test cricket.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

@mazii: We have seen how great your fast bowlers are. Jadeja smashed Waqar in 96 WC, Sachin tore them apart in 03 WC, Viru shredded your Gul to pieces in 2011 WC, Kohli drove through them to score 183 in 2012. Ind have humiliated Pak in the WC 5 times, your great bowlers come out poor each time they play Ind. Keep imagining that you got great fast bowlers. And Junaid and Irfan have hardly played any cricket to be called as great bowlers. Irfan in particular is nothing special except the bounce. Junaid will need to do a lot lot more to be called great. You may feel happy he is great just like Afridi is a great batsman - lol. And look, even our totally rookie bowlers Bhuvnesh and Shami made your batsmen look amateurs. Pak couldn't chase 167 in 50 overs and should be ashamed of it. Forget about India - we are rebuilding, look at your team - you hardly got any new talent coming in. Your captain scores 31 of 81 while our Dhoni scores fab 100s. See the difference.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@ KiwiRocker: Oh you got nothing over me Kiwi, you hardly replied to any of the rebuttals I had raised. You made some foolish point about dodgy balls being used in WC 2011 and when I asked you about it, you kept silent about it. Your lie was caught right there. I asked you if Ind's WC win was not imp cos it came at home then how shameful it must be for Pak to not even get into the finals of Asia Cup that was held in Pak - you did not reply there too. Tch Tch.

You are so happy at this ODI win that you needed 50-60 words to express a simple 2-1 win. Just how desperate are you? As for Kohli, at leas he did not score 31 off 81 balls - your captain hardly looks like intl material worry about that cos we all know it was Kohli who destroyed your so called good bowling attack in BD scoring 183 while chasing, he did the same in the WT20 too. Your Gul was smashed up by Viru in WC SF, this is your quality.

Test status does not get reviewed for losing but 4 Teams that temper balls.

Posted by matchfixerpkn. on (January 8, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

@AMAZINGFAN, you are wrong. Pakistan has registered 4 test wins in Australia. Check stats kindly please. You forgot to mention how we drew the test series 1-1 in 2005 in India. You forgot to mention how we won the tests against India 1-0 in 2006. This Pakistan win was a fluke? Haha cant admit reality. LOL

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 8, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

@mazii,pak producing great fast bolwers like they grow in trees??lol then why ur so called gareat fast bolwers like mohamad sami,rao ifthikar,asif were afraid to bowl against dhoni and yuvraj in that 2006 odi series....pls pls tell us why ur great fast bowlers like wasim,waqar,akthar can't defend 270plus score in 2003wc against ind.....pls pls tell us....i wud like to see ind visiting pak but hey wait pak is not the safe cuntry to visit....cricinfo pls publish.....

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 8, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

@mazii,dear any idea that the so called best fast bowlers like waqar,wasim,akthar were helpless against ind batsmen in 2003wc even when the pitch was favouring fast bowlers,why ur great bowlers can't even defend 320 odd in asia cup against?any idea on that?why ur team never won a match against india in wc?any idea on that?why ur side can't win a single match in aus in 2009/10 tour?any idea on that?why pak can't even chase 168 against so called weak indian bowlers?any idea on that?...dear if i'm talking abt the past then what abt u...u also seem to in past...pak win over ind in this series was fluke.....FACT......cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

what was a match..it's doesn't matter either pak won or india won..i really enjoyed it..good to see pak back on the winning track against india..also got young energetic talent in shape of nasir,irfan and junaid..

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 8, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@ KiwiRocker. I agree with you mate. India have to play intercontinental cup after the retirement of sachin. If they are losing 8-0 in overseas with guys like sachin, dravid, laxman playing for their side, then i'm not sure what will happen to them in overseas without these guys. It was dravid who draged some of the test matches day 4 and day 5 in England. Otherwise England would have wrapped up all the test matches within 3 days. Mark my words, india will make history at the end of the year in SA, by scoring the lowest total in a single test match innings.

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Harmony111... You also don't know what are writing dear. Pakistan won against England 3-0 in 2012 and not in 2011. Desperation is coming out of you after Indian humiliation. You better spend some time that why India is losing home and why instead of defending these batsmen who don't know how to bat against moving ball. India did well away when Ganguly was skipper, but that era of special batsmen has over. You can't produce other Tendulkar or to some extent Dravid again. Mean while We are producing great fast bowlers like they grow in trees. SRT was exceptional player who was responsible for Indian wins home and away. Now he has retired from ODI's and about to retire from tests. Now I don;t think that these young Indian batsmen could play against moving ball unless India produce some good seeming wickets. You've have to live this. We've bowlers who might perform away. But you have batsmen who can deliver away as Indian bowlers are not good? Think before you write my dear.

Posted by mazii on (January 8, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Amazingfan... Dear you want to live in the past. I want to ask you that how many times Pakistan was beaten by India in ODI's and tests in all matches played between these two nations? Any idea about that? When did India was thrashed 8-0 by Australia and England and 2-1 at home in tests? Any idea about that. And any idea when Pakistan drew test series against Australia? Any idea? If the last series win of Pakistan over India then 8-0, 2-1, and 1-1 in your own home was also a fluke. Pakistan won its first test series in India in 1987 when umpire was biased? Was that a fluke. Indian team couldn't able to score more than 175 runs two times and without Dhoni heroic and Misbah's drop chance, yout team could have reached 228? Any idea that the world best batting line up humiliated by Pakistani bowlers on Indian pitches? Any idea why that happened? Where Pakistan won world cups? Any idea? 1992 in Australia and t20 in England? The truth is that Indian team syffering because of IPL. Cheersssss.

Posted by Mr_cricket_Rahul_not_hussey on (January 8, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@KiwiRocker : - You want Indian team's test status to be reviewed and by doing so u want India stop playing test cricket, biggest joke on earth, so who is gonna sponsor minnow teams like urs. cricket is still alive because of India

Posted by   on (January 8, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Whats up with this Kiwirocker :D seems like he is living in a alternate dimensional Universe :D

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@kiwirocker,lol it was eng who beat pak 4-0 in odis,even ind beat nz home and away,pak is 4th ranked team while ind was no.1 for 1 and half years....even we beat u guys in 2006 4-1 in odis and we beat u 3-2 on previous tour....pak win over india in this series was fluke.....ind won t20wc in sa,ind is the only team to win wc home and away,and ind did won test series against eng in 2007,ind gave aus run for their money in 2003/04 tour and they beat aus at WACA, ind beat aus in cb series in 2008 while pak can't win a single match when they toured aus....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 8, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Harmony111: I got one for you ...Year 2012...Month December, Pakistan drew a T20 series in India. Year 2013, Month Janurary- Pakistan beats India in ODI series. India barely survives to avoid brown wash. Pak win was in India in front of Indian crowds, in front of Indian umpires and on Indian home made pitches. Virat Kohli scores 13 runs which is exactly half of what Umer Gul scored..and Gul even had one less inning! Got a response mate? World champions? eh!! sure! Talk about test cricket? 10 losess in last 13 test matches. The worse that any team has done in living memory....and I mean that also includes B;desh and zimbabwe. It is time for India's test status to be reviewed if not revoked! Any response?

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 8, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

@KiwiRocker-: You did not reply to my rebuttal to you, probably you had none. Anyways, it seems you have completely lost any grip over reasoning here. Ind won the WC due to dodgy balls? LOL, your comments are now getting more and more idiotic. You don't even see what you type, just keep typing something random against Ind. Where were the dodgy balls and how were they used? Pak won 2 tests in Eng? LOL, 1 was vs BD - you count that as special? Pak won 3-0 and not 4-0 vs Eng in 2011 in Tests. Pak beat NZ? - Ind did that too, home and away both. And a #4 ranked team is not exactly elite - you are deluded and Ind Test status is not under review. Ind won the Asia Cup in 2009 and have beaten Pak in both of them, TAKE THAT. WT20 SF is an achievement for you cos u are desperate for achievements. You talk poorly about Ind'a WC win AT HOME but your team couldn't even get in the Finals of ASIA CUP AT YOUR HOME - what do u have to say to that? Pak won 4-2 in 2005? Ind won 4-1 IN PAK in 2006.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 8, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

AMAZINGFAN : Your comments are rubbish. Pakistan won two tests in England in 2010. India has not done that in last 26 years. Pakistan white washed England 4-0 few months ago and India was white washed by England at home. Pakistan beat New Zealand ( it slightly hurts me..ehh). Pakistan is ranked 4th at test table rankings and are an elite test playing nation as compared to India who has their test status under review. for ODI's Pak humiliated so called world champs at home, won Asia cup. As far as T20, Pak was in semi of T20 world cup. What exactly has Indian done? Oh they won a World cup at home, thanks to dogdgy cricket balls, favourable DRS and special pitches! make some sense. Give a credit where it is due. Pak bowlers owned Indian batting and Pak dominated india that Pak teams in 1986( Pak won 6-1) and in 2005( pak won 4-2) could not even do!

Posted by NasserAliKhan on (January 7, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

I know the conditions favoured the Indians. But what impressed me immensely was the way the Indians bowled and fielded; not something we associate India with. It would have made any team proud. Most of all, it showed real grit as they put RELENTLESS pressure on Pakistan. Fielding alone, they saved 35 + runs where even the best fielding team would have found it difficult. I am a Pakistan supporter and hope that India shall start to be aggressive in their future matches. Their losses in 2011 against the English and then the Australians demonstrated lack of character and mental strength, given the MARGINS of defeats in all the games. Pakistani batsmen disappointed, as usually is the case, as they are mentally weak, unlike our bowlers who have an attacking streak. However the batting is improving as test-standard batsmen like Azhar, Asad, and Nasir have appeared on the scene, with Misbah as the most successful captain from Pakistan (best series wins in Tests and ODIs).

Posted by Fr0nt-foot_lunge on (January 7, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Hearty Congratulations to Pakistan team!! It was a real treat to watch a special series between two special teams after such a long time. Being an Indian fan, a little bit disappointed over the outcome of the series but ultimately in my point of view- CRICKET is the real winner. Would like to take name of few individuals from both the teams who deserve an applause.

From Pakistan- Nasir Jamshed, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan(IMO the X-factor of the series), Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal

From India- Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(I thought he reinvented himself in this series as a batsman), Bhuvneshwar Kumar(What a talent if nurtured carefully), The fielding effort in the last ODI needs a special mention.

All in all a fantastic display of professionalism and sportsmanship came out of this series. Thanks PCB and BCCI for arranging this marquee series. Hope to see a lot more ahead. Thanks Cheers!!

Posted by mazii on (January 7, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

amazingfan...grapes are sour mate. You have to live with it dear.we beat India 4-2 when we were in India. Do I have to say that India can't score more than 175 runs against Pakistan. Fans like you like to live in denial. It was expected after series loss from Pakistan. If you want to live in the past then Pakistan has a better record against India. And the same era of Pakistan dominance has begun when India always lost to Pakistan with some wins here and there. Now your world class batsmen are Junaid new bunnies. lolzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

pakistani fans can't remember the defeat 4-1 they suffered in their home back in 05-06. So time out pakistan. No unnecessary celebrations...

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (January 7, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

@ AMAZINGFAN well pakistan lost series against aussies 3 years back when mohd yousuf was captain after that pakistan ties test series in aussie in england 1-1 .... and when india they beat pakistan 4-1 pakistan beat india in test series that is also long time back ... we have to live in present , presently india white wash in england , aussie , 3 T-20 world cup only mannage to win only one super six game lost against england in inida (same team pakistan clean sweap 3-0 recently) and now pakistan beat them in home don't live in past other wise pakistan got better record in test and odi overall agaisnt india

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (January 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Pakistan gifted last match to India so they would agree to visit Pakistan for the next series..

But did everyone see the pathetic celebrations by the Indian team after winning the third game - i think they forgot they had already lost the series... Kohli grabbed a stump to always remember his most embarrassing series! Lol

On the other hand, you could see such a calm & graceful celebration by the Pak team after thrashing India in the 2nd game & winning the series... Indian cricketers (less Dhoni) should not only take some cricketing lesson but some behavioral tips from the Pakistani players.

Posted by kristee on (January 7, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Ajmal getting only tail enders? Well, one of them was the second best after Pujara in the recent test series. If Raina is easy meat for quality bowlers, that is not Ajmal's fault. All those 'great' players however could manage only 24 off his 60. Wonder what'd be the excuse for that! MOM for Dhoni and the celebration to be seen on display by the wrong team rank among the worst jokes I've come across in cricket.

Posted by prapatelp on (January 7, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Ever since Duncan Fletcher took over the coaching job for India I knew that the team is going to perform bad in all the upcoming series and their performance in these couple years have proved exactly the same. It is time for the BCCI to sack the coach and get a better coach who can understand the dynamics of the Indian team better and inspire them to come up with a better performances. If performances like these continue India won't be able to defend thier WC title in bowler friendly Australian pitches. Forget the past glory and look in the future. That's how a great teams continue to be great.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 7, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

@to all pak fans,what has pak done outside sub-continent.....last time when they toured aus they cudn't win a single match(3-0 in test,1-0 in t20,5-0 in odis)....pak is lucky to win this series as most indian batsmen were out of form......pak batting can't even chase 167 proves that thier batting is weaker than ireland,netherland....LAST TIME WHEN INDIA TOURED PAK THEY BEAT THEM 4-1 INFRONT OF THEIR HOME CROWD.....AND WE R YET TO SEE PAK BEATING IND IN WC.....CRICINFO PLS PUBLISH

Posted by Sagarneel on (January 7, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

This match should have had a 'Men and women of the match' award, and that should have been given to all the spectators who went to the ground amidst the freezing Delhi cold and stayed there till the end. Congratulations to Pakistan once again for their brilliant display. However, some questions still remain over their batting, and if they can bring in some better batsmen in place of the likes of Umar Akmal, Misbah and Yunis Khan (both of the latter are my favorite batsmen, however, it seems unlikely that they would play the next world cup), backed by their superb bowlers, they have the potential to become invincible. As far as the Indians are concerned, I hope they retain the intensity they showed in the last match. At one time their fielding reminded of the days when Rhodes, Boje and Crooks would cordon the off-side field for SA. I honestly hope, our batsmen regain the form for which they are paid their fat paychecks.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 7, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

@agha hussain,no one will get MOM award for getting 4tail enders wickets....ajmal shud thank his fast bowlers for getting ind's top order batsmen quickly,in this odi series he never bowled against top order batsman like kohli who played ajmal very well everytime.......dhoni deserved MOM as his innings made the difference....

Posted by mazii on (January 7, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

matchfxrpkn... So I think Jamshed also scored against Australian fast bowlers. He made 97, 48 and 23 against Australian fast bowlers. And in t20 world cup, he made a half century against Australian bowlers. If you think that he is scoring runs just because of fluke or not against good bowling sides. Now please don't say that Australian bowlers are not good. You've to come out of your fake nationality. As an Indian you should be proud of India. So, according to you what was positives for Pakistan. It was not junaid khan bowling nor it was Jamshed's good technique against moving ball. My dear come out of this shell.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Agha Hussain ..he scored 36 /37 when other oppsitoin scored 10 /100 balls..so yo got it now ??

Posted by ravikb on (January 7, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

To be honest, this win is going to do more harm than good for Indian cricket. Because of this win, selectors are still persisting with Dhoni for captaincy for the next ODI series as well. But the actual fact is he has been mediocre with his decision making since the World Cup. Now is the good time to make a new captain and see how it goes. Surely he can't much worse than Dhoni. I seriously hope Eng win the upcoming series so that we can see change in the captaincy then? I don't think so considering the history of our selectors. Leaves a sour taste in the mouth following Indian cricket these days. I'm not worried about the losses. The thing that is worrying me most is even after so many thrashings not many changes have been seen.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Bowler takes his career best figures for ODIs and the opposition captain , who scored a snail paced 36 or 37 runs, gets the man of the match for 'captaincy'?

Beyond ridiculous. Goes against all the rules and criteria for MOM selection.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Fact is India is a loser team now. I am 90% certain that they will loose (if not whitewashed) the upcoming ODI series against England as well. India needs to learn the lesson that the autocracy of BCCI and IPL is actually destroying India's cricket.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 7, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

@KiwiRocker-: You again started your rubbish here? Ind have beaten Pak 5 times in WC. twice in India, once in Eng-SA-Aus. If the wins in Ind were due to the crowd or home pitches then what about the wins in Eng-RSA-Aus? You have no answer to that. Accept that Pak just can't handle pressure when it comes to facing India in big matches. And there were no biased DRS decisions. Don't use plural here. There was just 1 DRS decision that confused everyone but even that was correct and not biased. Did you read the official explanation for that Sachin stumping reversal from the Hawk Eye Company? Clearly no, cos you are happier if your misplaced notions are not shaken.

And you couldn't stop from mentioning Sachin even now when he has retired? I am surprised that n the basis of whatever logic ou have for calling Sachin selfish you did not call Ajmal selfish too cos he took 5 wickets yet Pak lost and so clearly Ajmal played only for his record. Pak could not chase 167 and Ind shud mourn? Ha Ha.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 7, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

@KiwiRocker-: You again started your rubbish here? Ind have beaten Pak 5 times in WC. twice in India, once in Eng-SA-Aus. If the wins in Ind were due to the crowd or home pitches then what about the wins in Eng-RSA-Aus? You have no answer to that. Accept that Pak just can't handle pressure when it comes to facing India in big matches. And there were no biased DRS decisions. Don't use plural here. There was just 1 DRS decision that confused everyone but even that was correct and not biased. Did you read the official explanation for that Sachin stumping reversal from the Hawk Eye Company? Clearly no, cos you are happier if your misplaced notions are not shaken.

And you couldn't stop from mentioning Sachin even now when he has retired? I am surprised that n the basis of whatever logic ou have for calling Sachin selfish you did not call Ajmal selfish too cos he took 5 wickets yet Pak lost and so clearly Ajmal played only for his record. Pak could not chase 167 and Ind shud mourn? Ha Ha.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

"""WAKAPAK,""" truely sir, yours is the best comment.I appreciate your thinking. Pak . should conct. On their batting not on ,who get MoM, as an impt. tour is on threshold, i,e sa tour , and that too tests, which is real ckt. .Pak should conc .on batting which is their weaklink ,otherwise therebowiling is world class which is enough to win them matchs if they slightly make progress in batting department. Great yousf should be recalled for tests and umar akmal should be dumped along with malik and confine them only to t 20s, also misbha should retire now , and personally i enjoy matchs between pak, eng, aus and sa , as these teams got strong bowiling line and i always enjoy chin music of fast bowlers ,as there is no best sight in ckt. than watching bowlers beating bat again and again , i am not pakistani saying this..?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

"""WAKAPAK,""" truely sir, yours is the best comment.I appreciate your thinking. Pak . should conct. On their batting not on ,who get MoM, as an impt. tour is on threshold, i,e sa tour , and that too tests, which is real ckt. .Pak should conc .on batting which is their weaklink ,otherwise therebowiling is world class which is enough to win them matchs if they slightly make progress in batting department.

Posted by DataQue on (January 7, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Pakistan handed the game to Indians; for Indians morale boost. No worries, whatever is left for Indians; Engalnd will tear it apart!

Posted by adeelicap on (January 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 shame, if MOM went to jadeja, he perhaps not deserved to be in team as per so called india cricket experrts, ajmal is being killer for every one, he start bowling tailenderrs '(due to misbah startegy), and indian batsmen have no clue of his majician spin skils, ashwin is bowler, why he came before jadega than

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

KiwiRocker.....so you consider more pride in defeating bangladehs in asia cup than humiliating defeat aginast india in asia cup/world cup ..haha..my son..hope yoiu also know the result of india vs pak last series in pakstan..even agianst pakistan umpire,paksitna player and threatening pakistnai crowd..still india won :)...

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

KiwiRocker-..haaha .agina yoiur are giving sadistic excuses for losing india in world cup and asia cup..du yo ufind winning asia cup is biiger pride than defeating india in world cups ..son...fact is ..yoru simpy puttng coments just to calm down yoiru angry for loses agianst world cup and asia cup.. now you already gave answer y india lsot in this series..simple..if india won ..then ouur fans will blame it on umpire and drs etc..so to keep paksitnai fans happy they gave 2 useless mathces to us....but again in world cup stroy becomes saem :)

Posted by Muzammil_Baig on (January 7, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

I mentioned again and again the biased tv coverage in past. BUT it was pleasant surprize that in this match Pakistani supports were regularly shown in tv screen :)

Posted by razakbhai123 on (January 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

It seems to me that Pakistan gifted this last ODI to India as token of appreciation to the host country and to keep good relation ,to give some thing to protect Indian team from severe criticism.Pakistani batsman did not try to win ! We have nothing to cheer about ! Our batsmen failed miserably.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (January 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

I was very impressed with India's fielding which is what got them victory in this match. You would also have to give some credit to the way Pakistan went about overhauling the total. It seemed like their thought was they only have to stay at the wicket and runs will come. There is no need to look for runs like singles. Obviously, if the runs don't come, pressure builds up and that causes loss of wickets. As Ravi Shastri was saying from the middle of Pak innings this is a match for Pakistan to lose, and they did it. Dhoni's captaincy was very good, I can't say the same about Misbah. Lastly, one word about MoM. This has become a joke. In the second match India lost but Dhoni got MoM for his innings even though the difference between the two sides was Junaid for his 4 top order wickets for 43 runs. If the losing team can get MoM for an outstanding game then Saeed Ajmal should have got it for his career best 5 for 20-22 something; but again Dhoni is given the MoM. Who can explain this?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn .. ur efforts to change ur nationality won't change the result of this series :P Pakistanies are v proud of this victory just the way Indians were when they won in Pakistan .. and btw being the world champs 1 expects india to win every game against a 6th ranked Pakistan so therz no point in trying to prove that this was a humiliating loss .. Ind are the world champs they played well in this game and 1 wud expect them to win such low scoring games in future as well but win / loss is part of a game so u can revert back to ur original nationality now :) cheers !

Posted by Jimi01 on (January 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn. So IND purposely lost the series because Ind won against Pak before? what about IND losing 2-1 to Eng? did they lose because they already lost 4-0 against ENG aswell?

Posted by Major85D on (January 7, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Man of the match award should be given to mr. tuk tuk misbah. because he won the game for india! he does not help the pakistan team any more: dropping catches, slow batting and only a few runs every game, enough is enough! please name hafeez captain and drop misbah from any format!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

mazii ..who told i am india ? lol...i explained the fact.. by 3 mtahc one day series its harsh to decide ..i gave foolish hard fans reply here... and talents wht yo told .....all talents mentioed here are over rated both from india nad pakistan...

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

There could be international matches with a few more countries, where the G.O.I. would like to have better relations. We should field players like Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Rohit, Zaheer, Bhajji, Piyush etc in those matches. And, if India loses (very high chance with these players) the relationship will improve. Those countries also will be happy that we fielded our stars, rather than what their press would have called t a "second string team"!

With England & Australia, we already have good relations, and as such, we could have fielded more competitive players with better chances to win, rather than these stars whose specialty in recent months had been giving practice to opposing bowlers & catchers. But if we are preparing for the next World Cup, start taking a closer look at the players performing well in the Ranji matches for the past two months or so.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

matchfixerpkn: Mate, you are either new around here or two naive. You are typing a lot but most makes no sense. Indeed India beat Pakistan in Asia cup but India itself could not even get into finals while Pakistan won the tournament. Make some sense! Indeed India beat Pakistan in world cup but everyone knows that it was due to biased DRS decisions. Son, lets be clear. Pakistan has won a series in India, in front of Indian crowds, in front of Indian umpires and on Indian conditions. You are having some unnecessary wild celebrations like Yuvraj Singh! Pakistan is the ONLY second team to win an ODI series in India. Now stop hyping yourself up like Dhoni and see the bigger picture that states Pakistan beat India. Pakistan 71 wins- India 49 wins! The gap is increasing!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

India has already a whitewash to its name. 1965, 1971, 1999.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

mazii ..yoi find nasir jamshad as class act after scoring 2 hundresds agianst media core indian bowling ??hahah....hope yoiu know how indain bowled to junaid in 1st two mathces..

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Abdullah Masroor Hashmi ..but how we can forget 4 humilaitign defeats ? 1 in world cup semi final 2nd in asia cup and 2 times in t20 world cup :)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Lol..Indian fans were talking about how pathetic their team is & how amazing Pakistan players are..Only after 1 match,the same fans are saying that team India is the best & Pakistan should go & play Zimbabwe. We came into your territory,we beat the hell out of you & made sure that we win the ODI series.Junaid that kid thrashed the best batting line up not once or twice.In every match he played he made sure not to let Indian batsmen settle down.We won the series,came to your home & humiliated to such an extent that people started to say that kick out all the senior batsmen.Now suddenly with a single win India again became all high & mighty.Cant stop laughing..You don't even know what it means to lose a series.. PS->& btw it was a perfect condition for Fast bowlers.Playing in such conditions while ball is swinging like crazy,it's not easy.It makes me laugh when people say that we defended 167 on a flat track.If it was a flat track then why was the target 167 in the first place???

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

I have to completely agree with GerrardLK (Refer my earlier comment). I mean there was no intent there from Pakistani players to win the match! @matchfixerpkn - instead of being all emotional, i think you need to look at how the match was played objectively. Come to think of it, Pakistan had nothing to lose and even if u assume the conditions were poor for batting, i would still think Pakistan would atleast follow the 'hit out or get out' strategy and they displayed that in what.. the last two overs? Ok maybe im totally wrong .. maybe cos im a Pakistani fan and a defeat is hard for me to digest! But still, isnt there a possibility? I think cricketing boards are involved in fixing matches and since nothing can be done about it, rest assured there will be many more 'dramatic' matches to be played. Expect a Pak-India encounter this summer in Pak if everything has gone down as 'planned'

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

The Indian celebration surprised me a bit, Helloooo you lost the series !!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

waqar-ali001waqar-ali001..ahah ..indian also laughing at us after celebrating 2 win ..ahah..we lost worldu cup and they become champion, we lsot in asia cup ..hahah .after only 2 win we started to act as world champion :)

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

A gr8 series and the pic above is a gr8 gift to Pak by the green shirts..ind fought really hard in the last game but sm1 needs to tell them hw to stay humble nd within limits.such arrogant way of celebrations has caused so much outburst against them by millions of cricket fans all over the world...i mean a team who was predicted to lose 3-0 against u won by 2-1 and still such celebrations .. reminded me of BD players celebrating their victory over ind and ire over Pak in WC 2007.yes they worked really hard for this victory but they were behaving as if they hav won the series 3-0 lolx ...may b they thought so until misbah picked up the trophy :P this series is a gigantic step fwd for both teams in terms of build up towards WC 2015.. Kumar shami ahmed junaid khan nasir jamshed are gr8 finds...i wish haris sohail manoj tiwari and anwar ali were given a chance as well..btw m watching cricket since 1988...1st time i hav seen MoM given to a player scrng 36 in a match where a bwler got 5/24

Posted by mazii on (January 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

matchfxrpkn... Now Indian fans using disguise to malign Pakistan. You can't digest this humiliating defeat that's o.k.But please stop using these kind of farcical tactics. India scored 340 in 38 overs. Are you made? That was against Sri Lanka. India achieved that target in 48th over against Pakistan when we were relying on our spinners. We were without Junaid and Irfan, my dear now this is evident that India is a weak batting side with just below average bowlers. Pakistan bowling was outstanding with below average bowling. Not to mention we have found a real class act in the shape of Nasir Jamshed. matchfxrpkn please come out of this fake disguise.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

PakCricSpin..ya ya ..it also feel like india jsut gifted 1 seires to paksitn jut to keep fans hapy ..bcos india already humilaited pak in world cup,asia cup, n t 20 and also india defeated pak in last toiur .. lok like india jsut decided to give one seires to pakisatnn ..

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

shahswar ..true my friedn..ther ei snothign to excite after 1 seires win..we already lsot to india in t20 word cup, word cup and asia cup...and there is no need to celebrate one sereis win as world champion that also after humiliating defeat of not scoring 160 runs..

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

dear bangla fans..there is nothing to chear to yoiu..this mathc is between arch rival..both are aware of oppsitin strength... both team play agianst balgadehs as a match agiant a rat.... so keep yoiur dream ..yu people are jsut joulous that india allowed pakistan to play cricket in india... yoiu people alway india pakistan to fight each other and get advantage of situation...

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

I totally agree with you GerradLK, India defending 167 is a big laugh where they hardly defended 190+ score in 2nd T20, I don't care what india thinks or anyone around the world, Pak team at the moment is on fire and they were all along 2012 too, only winning world-cup don't make you world champs for whole 4 years, if you won it you have to safe that title too by continue winning every series if not winning atleast act like it that you want to win, if you lost the game fight and lose the game not like indian batsman did in Pak/Ind tour, I have nothing against Indian team or batsmen, they have produced world class batsmen in the past, but that world class is no where to be seen anymore in India batting line... chao

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

I'd like to thank the Pak fans for being very fair and sincere and grounded in their comments even though they have won a great series vs Ind IN IND. Thank you Pak fans for not being like our neighbours who are under us and will always remain under us and those who think they live higher than us. You played well in the ODI series and were the better side. You played well in the T20s too.

Congratulations Pak.

If any SL or Eng fans are trying to make anything out of Ind's loss here, well look at yourself first. Eng lost AT HOME to lose their #1 rank in their fav form of Cricket and SL lost to NZ just a few weeks back too. And neither of these two have any great records in ODIs too. SL were walloped 4-1 by India in their home so all SL fans better keep quiet. I saw 1 BD fan here who was telling Ind how to behave after winning a match as if BD had won truckloads of them. He should know that the Haley Comet comes more frequently than a BD win.

How bout 3 Ind-Pak Tests now Ha?

Posted by RahmatKhn on (January 7, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

No indian bowlers has ever in the consistent form since long time

Posted by applethief on (January 7, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Maybe Dhoni should be named Man of the Match before the start of the game....

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

dear firends..here is nothng to celebrate..indian defeated paksitan in word cup and becoem champion..and in asia cup again humiliated us..and in t20 agian defeated.. we only one 2 mathces..and humilaited again after chasing 160 runs...

still they are the world champion ..defeating 2 mathces cant make us world champion.. hope every one remember how we lost to india when they visited paksitna last time !!!

Posted by bluebillion on (January 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Thats a bit unfair Mr. Binoy - the ball landed just short of Rahane at leg slip. It wasnt even a half chance to be honest!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Asif Imtiaz ..du think any team in world woant to play aginast banlgladehs ... belive..even paksitn itself cancelled toru with balgadehs..its better to play agiansxt enpal rather than over rated bangladehs..

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (January 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Man of the Match : Are you people feel Dhoni deserve be the man of the match.He made 36 runs, drop one catch.Misbah made 39 even he used heaps of balls but Ajmal got 5 wickets with 2.48 economy rate .Can anybody explain me why its happen in India ?

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

KiwiRocker..come on ..if misbah was not there ..our team have even not scored 50 runs... what is more humiliaiting than not scoring 160 runs agianst oridnaly india bowling... it feel like india jsut goave us 2 mathces in begining just to please us for humiliating defeat in word ucp and asia cup..

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

GerrardLK.. i am also thnking same..india lsot series on purpose...they already humiliated pakistna in world cup ,asia cup, also in 2t20 world cup..so if india defeats another series ..then it will bea big blow to pakistna cricket.. so may be they lost series to pak.. ohter wise hw indai not chased 250 runs agasiasnt same ajmal and co. who gave 340 runs to india in 40 overs :)

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

GerrardLK.. if yoiur logic is true ..then it look like india gave away series to paksitna...for jst to relax pakistnai fas for humiliating pakistan in world cup semi final,t 20 mathc,and also in asia cup ..hmyy if yoiur logic is ture..its difficult to bleeive that same indai who thrashed paksitn and won witihin 38 over against same ajmal co. not even chased 250 ???

Posted by immoo on (January 7, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Well hats off to Green Shirts they really make us proud. Our pacers especially junaid Khan really exposed the vulnerability of Indian Batting.......But i think Dhoni should also be given as Man of Series especially after the innings he played in 2nd ODI:P...........................Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

GerrardLK.. if indian fans also say that india lsot 2 mathces jsut to lift the moral of pakistan cricket ..yoiu also have no answer.. if yoiu look closely even pakistna have no batsman to score 165 runs ..so how they scored 250 agianst india..and y indian fielding was so follppy in 1st 2 mathces..all look like india gave away 2 matches.. so in your logical way may be india lsot series jsut to thrill our pakistani fans for humilating paksitna in asia cup and world cup and also in t20 champion ship ??

Posted by riz10 on (January 7, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

indian fans are agian in state of denial of their weaknesses by winning this match which was by fluke and pak weak batting.other teams like eng,aus,sa will not give a chance to india or pak in such low target, especially if bowling is as bad as india.absolutely india need fresh crop and need to kickout the tested horses.they are not helpfull to the youngster,but demoralized them by their performance.with present india and pak team they wil be always underdogs in fron of the three top teams.and we will win here or there but not expect a series win from these two in overseas conditions.they both are goode against lik west indies, nz,bangladesh,srilanka,but we both country fans should not expect they will win from aus,sa,or england in their yards(present squads of these teams)

Posted by abhyudayj on (January 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

@GerrardLK- india bowlers were out of form that why pakistan won the series

Posted by gujratwalla on (January 7, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

Pakistan should have won this match irrespective of the batting conditions but India fielded brillantly and bowled with great discipline.A medicore bowling attack was moulded into a potential force by motivitation and backed by fielders who saved countless boundaries.If Pakistan can also back up their splendid bowlers likewise India could hardly have reached 167.The Pakistani batting was timid until Hafeez came on.Well done India and of course Pakistan for such a entertaining and thrilling series.The man of the match award should not be questioned just as one must accept the umpire's decisions.That's cricket.Nasir Jamshed was the Man of the Series so Pakistan have a lot to be proud off besides winning the trophy.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

@ GerrardLK, I m agreed wd u, yah if Pak whitewash India, than no further tour of India. Strange decision about 2 Man Of The Match, In 1st ODI Nasir deserves the man of the match & In Last ODI Saeed Ajmal Deserves too. How they can give these awards to MS Dhoni, who is on loosing side.If best performance is base of that award than why not last match award goes to Ajmal. BCCI see urself in mirror. coward people. we dont need that awards, matter we r winner that will be history.

Posted by mazii on (January 7, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

I'm sorry Indian fans, now you are showing your true colors. They were praising Pakistan team in the last two matches and now they are saying that Pakistan won the first two just because of fluke. Pakistan batting fails only once and your world class batting failed four times in these matches. I was expecting these and it's disheartening to see the attitude of Indian fans. Everyone is beating the hell out of India in its own backyard and they are still saying that Indian team is good. Junaid consistently tormented your so called world class batsmen. Your world class batsmen, virat kohli, couldn't able to put bat on ball against Junaid. This world class batting line up has been exposed and still some Indian fans blaming the toss for their woes. They are like had this happened, it would have been like that. Dear Indian fans, you have been humiliated in your own backyard and arrogance of Kohli and co has been put to sword by Junaid and co. I'm very sorry for this misery Indian fans.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

OMG !!!!!! everybody's still whining about dhoni's man of the match...... most of them thinking MS got MoM only for his 36 runs..... surely you guys cannot see captaincy skills coz it's not analyzed in figures....as everybody's seeing ajmal's 5 wickets (4 of them tailenders)......but defending 167 with an average bowling line up sums up dhoni's captaincy skills, particularly d field placing and maneuvering the bowlers was brilliantly done....and because of the pathetic indian batting, ind vs pak became DHONI vs PAK !!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Congrats Team India. Dhoni has once again proved that he is the most consistent batsman, besides his good job behind the wicket. It was marvelous also to watch the fielders support the bowlers throughout. The inclusion of new bowlers is a welcome approach ,thanks to the selectors. Also, we must consider MS to open the innings for India, since he is dedicated and can apply himself till the last ball. Those who are liabilities to the team should be discarded immediately like we did with Sehwag. This match should be an eye opener to the hidden white elephants of the entire scenario.

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

@Albert_cambell : If Pak whitewashed India in ODI, it should be first in history this squad will be there in India's shame permanently. already after 28 years Eng won the series in India and if one more historic record have broken then players will be in big trouble, That's why Fans and team members celebrating this win. Defending 165 with mediocre bowling is very rare sight for India. Nothing wrong in celebrations.

Posted by caldude30 on (January 7, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

India did not win. Pakistan gave the game away!! Great effort but o stall poor performance from team india. In this best fielded game we still dropped a catch and missed couple of run outs :( just because India won all that will be ignored till next dooms day. Selectors and dhoni needs to have concrete plan to rebuild team and not just rotating or dropping likes of Shewag and Tendulkar.

Posted by tezgaaam79 on (January 7, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Obviously it will take more than one series for Indians and Pakistani to look at cricket as game, and not a war :-)

This series served as a good warm up platform for both the teams to assess their weaknesses and strengths. I felt perhaps Indians were a bit over-confident. For a while now, India's prided itself on its batting, but in this series, it proved to be a huge disappointment, and a big source of worry in the face the upcoming series against England. Reshuffling is definitely in order. What surfaced was brilliant bowling by youngsters and it's time India begins to focus on bowlers, particularly spinners.

Surprisingly, Pakistan's batting line up seemed more fortified, other than the last match. They need to continue with this confidence, and hone more batsmen like Nasir Jamshed. Also, it was great to see them field with total commitment. After a long time, I felt that the team was playing as a single unit, and they need to continue with that without getting complacent.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 7, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

@ GerrardLK

LOL. U r indirectly questioning Pakistani players patriotism. Grow Up !

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

the real games will start ,from SA tour, the medicore players like akmal brothers particularly umar akmal ,who was the sole reason that pak lost todays game ,should be dumped forever and malik should be confined to t20s only, misba should retire from all forms of game, yousf great should be recalled for sa test[which is real ckt. not this odi circus] and more talented batsmen should be included in odi,s . Than and only pak. can provide some fight to sa bowiling as there batting is weak. Leave this odi series , real ckt. is test that too in sa.

Posted by beingsharih on (January 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Finally we came up with a good performance...the good thing is it came on the back of some good bowling and awesome fielding. It needed an inspiration from skipper to defend such a low total and it was his captaincy and 36 runs that mattered in the end. Kudos MSD but we need to look into the series loss meticulously to find the root cause for such a dismall performance. If it wasn't for MSD, it would have been far more embarrassing for us. Hats off to Pak they really got their act together against the arch rivals and once again they showed that how much talent they have as far as seamers are concerned.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 7, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

((( About MoM thingy - )))

I can't beileve some of the fans out here are saying that Ajmal should be given the MoM. guys, he might have picked 5 wickets but see who those batsmen were - Ishant Sharma, Bhuwneshwar Kumar, R. Jadeja and Ashwin - hahaha 4 bowlers.

Only raina was the batsman whom Ajmal got.

MoM to Ajmal ? for getting bowlers out ?

Although, I'm not Jadeja's fan but today he deserved MoM award for all-round contribution - wonderful bowling spell of 10-2-19-1 and good contribution from bat too 27 runs that inculded 2 SIXES too off Umar Gul and Ajmal. and NOT to forget his awesome fielding.

Posted by I.Aziz on (January 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

@SherjilIslam we are talking about MOM not MOS meaning reward for the match not past performances and only your point of view will not dent his greatness as a top class player in any format today and talking of UV he is a class act but dont try to tell others that he never had lows every one dose otherwise greats bats will have avg of 100 + and balls will have avg of under 10 so chill bro and try to call a spade a spade Ajmal is great ask any great of the game he will enlighten you very well

Posted by 158notout on (January 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

sherjilislam - the clue is in the name - Man Of The Match - it is not who played well today and also for the rest of the series. Simply, who was best today. I would not have given it to Dhoni on that evidence. This lucky win should not be used to hide the fact that this series has been a total nightmare for India.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

@GerraldLK, you seem to have a bright future as a fiction writer. Now move on! This is Cricinfo, not the place to test your fictional writing skills!

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 7, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

@ colombo_SL

Thanks dude. Best of luck to your team too for upcoming matches.

Posted by adeelicap on (January 7, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

@sherjilislam wah wah saeed ajmal dont deserve for MOM, wat a comment, and he took only tailenders, he wraped up india innings in no time, they were 6 down on 141 and all out at at 166, he is the only contendor of MOM on this match, but bias mentality give Dhoni the MOM of his nothing knock of 30 odd runs, i beleive if they want to satifsy winning team kumar might be the contendor or any fielder:)

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 7, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@ KiwiRocker- Well it is being said that this win for Pak is a morale booster. But the truth is most of the Ind batsmen except Dhoni were out of form. And Pak bowlers made full use of it on pitches that were suiting their kind of bowling. U must have seen what happened to Pak bowling in 2nd T-20 where pitch was not assisting them and Ind batsmen were hitting them all over the park. Ajmal even got hit for 3 consecutive SIXES. lol What a shame for such a class spinner. About dropping some Ind batsmen, yeah I agree that Gauti should be dropped (and FYI, Viru has already been dropped !) If you take out Jamshed and Hafeez, this Pak batting looks ordinary really. U see, if this new-inexperienced-mediumpace Ind bowling attack was too dangerous for Pak batsmen, what will they do against likes of Steyn, Morkel, Philander ? And it was Pak's luck that Umesh Yadav was injured. With 145 kmph speed on pitches that was assisting fast bowlers, he would have surely been asking serious questions.

Posted by kristee on (January 7, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Can't say which was more preposterous: the way the win was celebrated or the adjudication of MOM! There was as much case for MOM going to Ajmal here as it was for going to Dhoni in the 1st match. It's the consistency in such affairs that makes them significant. Why, there was more case for the honor going to Junaid in the 1st match than for Dhoni receiving it now. This bias against bowlers in a rather batting-friendly format is really unfortunate.

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 7, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

To all my countrymen! Who cares if we get a MoM award or not, we should focus on team result and we had did well; Yes, we could have won this match but we didnt which is good, we shouldn't get carried away; can we for once be content with what we have and be Saabir and Shakir; I dont want competitions in which we beat a hapless Indian team every match; that would not be a competition. If they don't recognize our batsmen or bowlers and they award their own, it's their own weakness, it means they are not seeing things properly which is to our advantage, we have made such an impact on them that they are acting out of frustration.

Posted by mTw_cheetah on (January 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

There is no replacement to cricket in the sub-continent when it comes to sports. It lies in the hearts and what better than hearts to begin with the pacification process ! Kudos to Pak on such extra-ordinary display, primarily when their team is in the process of building up. They have not exactly grown to the Pakistan of the old, but the inclusion of some fantastic bowlers in Junaid and Ajmal is gradually transforming them into one. The batting too has all the required resources, they just need to click, of course, apart from Jamshed ! For me, a big Indian cricket fan, with all this politics, its becoming very hard to see Indian cricket go down the drains. Yesterday was an exemplary display, but that does not fill up the bruises of the past 10 months. High time we focused more on international cricket than IPL, results can be seen in the Pak and England teams, who have just their country to serve ! Seniors, at least, have to show that way !

Posted by GerrardLK on (January 7, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

I suppose Pak would have purposely lost this match with a purpose behind. Imagine Pak whitewashing Ind at their own backyard? This would have been the last bilateral series between Ind & Pak for sometime as BCCI & Indian cricket would not want a another humiliation from the hands of their arch rivals.

Everyone knows why India withdrew from Sharjah series (the beating Ind received from Pak is one domination) & today this series is no more played in Cricket. So Pak would have feared the same could happen for the Ind/Pak Bilateral series in future if they start to dominate Ind. Pak achieved what they wanted that is winning the series & gave away the dead rubber match to ensure this series would continue so that they can come to Ind again for cake walk series. Looks a good move & I'm sure everyone would accept my statement. Ind defending a total of 167??? One could only laugh. Like Ravi Shastri said in the commentary it's Pak who lost match (with a purpose). Thanks for reading. Cheers!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Can someone tell me Why Dhoni is given Man of the match in 3rd ODI. Ajmal toke 5 wickets he deserve Man of the match award. Why Dhone with 36 Runs. Misbah scored 39. Why?????

Posted by yawn on (January 7, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

In a way I am glad that Tendulkar retired from ODI before this series. Else all attention would have been on him retiring and the poor performance of everyone else would have been overlooked.

Another important factor in the Indian game is the role of the coach. Kirsten had taken us to the top and now is on the way to making South Africa to wear the crown. The Indian team was the same but were white-washed, one series after another under Fletcher. Why is his performance not under scrutiny by the board.

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan on (January 7, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

wow that Junaid Khan looked a handful yesterday, reminded me of cricket days in college when left arm troubled the best of right handers....I agree it was a consolation win, but I am glad and sad that it came from our bowlers than our batting....Dhoni as always was a poetry in struggle....Ishaant the perenial work horse and Shaami looked nice....Ashwin was'nt as convincing as I would have liked....but congratulations Pakistan...and thank god India...

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 7, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistani supporters are going mad over MOM.And why they are crying for Ajmal??Combining 2nd and 3rd ODI, he only took loads of inexperienced tailender wickets. If he would have been that much a class bowler, he must not have allowed India to Score 227 after being reduced to 103/6 in the first ODI. And i still remember,how he was manhandled by Yuvraj Singh a week or two before.

Posted by Mail4kar on (January 7, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Pakistan won the series.. Agreed.. They deserved.. But don't imagine that they are the best ODI team in the world.. Just check the recent records, ex. tour of srilanka. Pakistan had lost ODI series in Srilanka against them, but India outplayed them at home.. Won or Loss always happen in a game, winning one series against a top team will not make you the best team in the world.. Not only India, if pakistan face a top swinging bowling attack, they too will struggle for every run.. I'm sure India will come back strong against England.. They just started to build a new Team, especially in bowling in which few losses will come.. Manoj tiwari, Irfan pathan, Umesh yadav all out of injuries.. It's be good, once they return.. India always will fight hard for victory.. Just give them some tme..

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

I can understand that Indian team's batting performance could be hindered due to the pressure of being whitewashed in the series, but what pressure was Pakistani batsmen under!!! What were they afraid of while chasing a less than average target!!! Could it be lack of interest or carelessness (as they have already won the ODI series)

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 7, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

I would say it's a very good morale booster for Team India; They might have lost the series but this type of thrilling win was really needed to give confidence to boys ahead of important England series. Pak batsmen couldn't even chase down a low total of 167 runs. It clearly shows how over-dependent they are on Jamshed and Hafeez. LOL But credit goes to Indian bowlers and fielders ! This new lad B. Kumar swings the ball more than Pak bowlers. Probably that's y he is ale to give Ind important breakthroughs at the start of the innings even with average speed of 132 -134 kmph. Can't wait for the Eng series. It is our batsmen who need to focus more.

I think, no body realized that Ind are preparing for WC 2015. Probably that's why they are preparing pitches that suit fast and swing bowlers too. Good thinking. U might lose a few matches initially but in the longer run it will be beneficial especially considering the fact that WC 2015 will be played on Fast, Swinging, bouncy tracks of Aus NZ

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Come on India. Play well with England. You can easily improve your rankings up to the No.1 spot. Sri Lanka also has a good chance to move up on the rankings, beating Australia. Interesting one day matches are ahead between Aus & SL, Eng & Ind, SA & NZ. Hope ICC ODI rankings may change within this month. Go India, show your colours.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Well played India. Very happy to see their bowlers performing well. I feel, this win might enhance their confidence with the matches with England.

Posted by Shumbu on (January 7, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

First of all congrats to Pakistan for the series win in India. They were better team in this series. Having said that I would request Pakistani fans to respect Dhoni's fight back. It was not a India Vs Pakistan series, it was Dhoni Vs Pakistan series. Without Dhoni it would have been as disaster for us. He deserves both MOMs as they were awarded based on the match situations. In the first match, India were 29/5 and MSD scored 113* under pressure to take India to 227. Jamshed did score a match winning 101 but as a opener he didn't have much pressure as Dohni had. In the last match, again India were 63/4 and Dhoni had to fight under pressure to put a decent total. Ajmal did pick 5 wickets but 4 of them were lower order wickets which puts Dhoni on top of him for MOM. It was MSD's fight back which gave strength to Indian fielders and bowlers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Posted by dakshinap on (January 7, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Congrats for Both the Teams.

Posted by pksnpk on (January 7, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

it was a marvellous performance by india.....beautifully marshelled by dhoni.....the wickets were taken at regular intervals....especially that of misbah was anticipated coz ashwin bowled 2 wides in the previous overs....but the batting has to come good......

Posted by NP_NY on (January 7, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

I like this Pakistan team. They look very professional and play the game as it should be played - aggressive but respectful of the spirit of the game. Even though I am an Indian fan, it is heartening to see two new bowlers run in hard, bowl fast and swing the ball both ways (esp. Junaid). Congratulations on winning the series Pakistan!

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 7, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

I have never seen a team celebrating so much after a humiliating series defeat against an arch rival. This has been an upset if you ask me. India was so called favourite for this series. This last match defeat means more good than bad for Pakistan. Pakistani bowlerst again conquered Indian batting, while Pakistan's batting showed what I have been commenting. Misbah Ul Haq needs to be out from ODI cricket along with two Akmals. Asad Shafiq is Pakistan's best batsman from technical point of view and he will easily replace Umer Akmal, while for keeper spot, Pakistan has to groom a new wicket keeper. Both Akmal's were a failure and I am glad they were as team successes often mask individual weaknesses. This is what will happen with India now. This unimportant win in third ODI will be held by Dhoni supporters as a moral win. Lets get real folks! india was humiliated at home. Can Indian selectors drop Yuvraj, Kohli, Gambhir....and other numerous non performers! Answer is a guaranteed'No"!

Posted by Engr.TahirShah on (January 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

I think the adjudicators for the Man of the series, in particular, have gone totally wrong with the man of the series award. They should've gone for MS Dhoni, why Nasir Jamshed. He didn't deserve that award, Nasir. The analysis is very simple. Dhoni was Man of the match in two of the three matches and Nasir in one only. How can Nasir be the Man of the series against MS Dhoni. Absolutely non-sense. Ajmal with his career best figures was denied the man of the match, though in a loosing cause, but height of consistency, MS Dhoni was awarded MOM in the same scenario, in Chennai, though Nasir scored a match winning ton there. Well done the adjudicators! MS Dhoni's 36 >>> Ajmal's career best 5 for. Well done. Also they went wrong in Kolkata, as Dhoni scored a world class half century there as well, and unfortunately Nasir was the MOM. These things don't matter most, but plz don't make the game fool. A neutral Paki fan.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 ->Lol Comparing Sachin with Ajmal..Sachin is there in the team..Its been decades that Sachin is scoring Centuries & Indian team is losing in most of those matches.It's only Ajmal first match of the criteria that you just spoke of & you started comparing him with Sachin..Sigh!!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Its farcical that Pak get only one tour match before the first test against SA. Being the 4th ranked and the team that has just lost two test matches since 2010, its highly important that they get enough practice games before going against the top ranked test team. PCB should arrange atleast a couple of tour matches to help the bowlers and batters get used to the conditions there. This could really turn out to be a cracker of a contest. Our batters may not last long against steyn, morkel, philander but our bowling attack of Gul, Irfan, Junaid and Amjal is no less deadly either. Looking forward to this series.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (January 7, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

first time i saw a kind of fear in the faces of all Indian players, specially gambhir. The fear of getting dropped! Since the axe could have fallen on anybody, they played like this is their last match and hence displayed brilliance in the fielding department.This fear must be maintained all the time so that no body could take the India cap for granted.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Nampally: I agree with you that bad decisions do happen although one must note that Pakistan had more bad decisions against them than India, but who cares? Pakistan has won the series against the so called world champions in their own backyard. Rest of your comments are utter rubbish. India's national team was beaten by Pakistan. Indian batting could not score even 250 in all three matches and you are assuming that India 'A" could have been more competative? Who says that only Pakistani openers fired? Nasir scored, Hafeez did, Younis had a match winning knock in first ODI. Shoib Mailk played two handy knocks. Misbah was indeed a weak link but even he scored some in last ODI.What did Yuvraj Score? What did Kohli score? What was India's opener's contribution? Thanks to a dropped catch Dhoni was ONLY indian to score! Make some sense and give a credit where it is due mate! Stop clutching on to straws like Man of the Match awards! Pakistan has humiliated you at home and come out of denial!

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 7, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Great moral boaster for Pak this series win before the all important SA tour. Saeed Ajmal the undisputed spin king has yet again prevailed with magnificent bowling display. Kohli got a few runs against Ajmal in Mirpur and 1.2 billion idians didn't take a second to dismiss Ajmal. You can't judge a bowler in one odd game, let them meet in a proper series as we all saw on this tour before you start crowing. Whats interesting however is that Kohli ended up being Junaid's bunny. In all the matches the Indian top order didn't last Junaid and Irfan. What a pair of fast bowlers. Match that India, LOL. Order has been restored as randyoz use to say. haha

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Mr Alam Khan.. I want to clarify u that.. Man of the match award is not only for batting performance.. or bowling performance... its about that player who dominated all others... and Saeed ajmal's bowling was far better than Dhoni's batting , but i want to say that Its was junaid khan's bowling which done all the damage...ajmal took wicket of lower order.. but in second inning .hew was Dhoni who outplayed all th performance by his captaincy.. if his captaincy was in doubt for India's loss.. why cann't be he rewarded for defencing a low total.. against a test side

Posted by ArvinLuvsCricket on (January 7, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

I don't really see the fuss about the mom being given to Dhoni. It's quite obvious without those 36 runs India would have lost the match. In a bowler friendly pitch, giving mom to a bowler who took 3 tail ender wickets out of the total 5 wickets wouldn't have made much sense. I like saed ajmal as a cricketer and respect his skills but it was just another day where Dhoni stood tall and his capataincy also proved a very important factor for the Indian Win. Well done Paksitand for a series win, you deserved it thoroughly.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

next mission England ... i'm sure that india will not win the series... :)

Posted by Alam_Khan on (January 7, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan Team you have won the series against India in India its a big win as you guys totally out class the Indian batting. Pakistani Selectors please please get rid of Akmal brothers the white wash is not happened because of Akmal brothers and Misbah but please get rid of Akmal brothers we don't need them their is no match in the history which we won because of Akmal brothers but we lost a lot of times just because of Akmal brothers. Please get rid of them.

Posted by Alam_Khan on (January 7, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

I would well done Pakistan, its a great series won against the arch rivals and beaten at their home is some thing cheers the Pakistani cricket fan not more then that but what happen to the Man of the Match awards like Sir MS Dhoni will get the award if he is losing or winning, like in first one day Nasir Jamshed scored a ton and Dhoni also but Nasir Jamshed ton won the match for his team but didn't give him man of the match and then Saeed Ajmal took 5 wickets in a low scoring game and Sir Dhoni only run 36 and taken man of the match is it pre decided that how the MOM will be awarded doesn't make any sense to me, Can any Indian cricket fan clarify as to us it has no sense.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Contribution of bowlers was not acknowledged in this series but this is in line with our mindset because of which we lack penetrative bowlers. In first match the right choice for MOM was Junaid Khan and in this last match Ajmal would have been the correct choice. Until and unless we stop giving undue credit to batsmen we'll always struggle to find lethal bowlers.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 7, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

2-1 good job BCCI, nice gesture of goodwill.

Posted by realfan on (January 7, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

coming to man of the match... it is the decision of refree , not others... every faithful refree think that if a team won defending small total Man of match goes to a special bowling effort , or if there was no such stand out individual it will be given for fielding effort or captaincy.... and yes DHONI's captaincy is top class in this match....

and coming to ajmal , he took wickets of tailenders.. that not a big deal for a top class bowler, then if you think he should have still considered as man of the match, then you have to face a fact that its special effort from ordinary bowler ( eventually it will mean , AJMAL is an ordinary bowler)

its avery good man of the match, we have many examples for Man of the match given for PURE CAPTAINCY .....

Posted by CHAMP-INDIA on (January 7, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

Hey Guys Great Game of cricket from both the countries specially from pakistan, Congrates Pakistan for winning the series... Good Show, the Find for India from the series where two young bowlers B.Kumar and S.Ahmed, Great opening spell made the slight way towards the win. I would like to advise indian Senior players to bash IPL, Coz this is what happen when all the Captain from the IPL franchises come together to form national team, In my opinion i think due to IPL our country is suffering at the moment..... and making nation frustated due to there performance(or EGO or PRIDE). Now even bangladesh tour indian, indian will be in back foot again. Sorry i know this is harsh but this is the truth, Save India.... Save Cricket In India. HELP!!!!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

Dhoni 36 was given Man of the Match, despite Ajmal's career best with 5 wicket haul. Strange !

Posted by AdilKhans on (January 7, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

@keepmissingme: It seems that you didn't heard what misbah said in d post match presentation... He pointed out that d weather was really chilling & batting was really difficult coz of changed nature of pitch it was a placid track early in the innings but the nature of the pitch was completely changed after that and the ball was seaming and also spinning a bit which made life of pak batsmen difficult. Misbah started of cautiously bcoz of this reason but the nature of the pitch went from bad to worse and somebody had to be aggressive which gul and hafeez tried in the end but could'nt do so. But in the end it was pak who had reason to celebrate for their 2-1 series victory and defeating india in india.

Posted by landl47 on (January 7, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

So Dhoni gets MoM when he makes runs but the team loses, and also gets MoM when he doesn't get many runs but the team wins. Who picks the MoM- Mrs. Dhoni?

Posted by AmjadZork on (January 7, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

So Pakistan beat India (Series) inside India. It doesn't get better !!! :-)

Posted by realfan on (January 7, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

lets face the fact... i man who took series from india is only JUNAID KHAN, and no one else, not even JAMSHED( he was given not out in 1st odi for slip catting, for somebody telling wrong decision , if you can remember 1st odi)

junaid made indian batsmen look like they are out of form....

indian inexperienced bowling has upper hand than pakisthan experienced bowling ( 2 debutants, 2 bowlers who haven't played 50 matches each , is inexperienced than , 2 bowlers with over 100 odi's and another bowler with 75 odi's )

Posted by revolution72 on (January 7, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

this is total partialaity.. if dhoni can get MoM in the fisrt game for scoring a 100 and being on the losing side then even Ajmal should have got for this one..

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Another masterclass performance by the one of the greatest one day players and a super worldclass captain Misbah ul Haq. He always fails to win games with an average of 41 and a low strike rate while U Akmal is criticized with an average of 38 and much higher strike rate.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Man of the Match award is given based on so many factors and is never biased. Any critcs should understand that a win is a win, and win from a jaw of a sure defeat does demand some appreciation. Our new ball bowlers were efficient and committed too and so were our fielding. Every side under goes some bad period , and it takes time to settle. Now they really look better and some top order batting performance with one more all rounder i feel we can take any team any where.

Posted by ashqarmahi on (January 7, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

if MS Dhoni is man of the match for his captancy then why not Misbah ul haque.....it is only the matter of 10 runs....though india won the match....man of the match award should go to the best individual performance of the match.....and in this match Sayeed Ajmal is the best man.....ICC should put some RULES in this department ;)

Posted by Hasan2502 on (January 7, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

We threw away the match ! I fail to understand the following: i) why did Misbah play to fine leg when he knew that Ashwin had placed a fielder there. Misbah did that on more than one occasions ii) why did Umar Akmal have to dance down the wicket when all we need was singles iii) Why Hafeez repeated the same mistake that Misbah did but was lucky to have been dropped The team should know that the people of Pakistan understand cricket very well !

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

It does not seem to be out rightly called a victory of India, I see it rather a defeat of Pakistan in that they could not hold their nerves in rather cool conditions of Delhi. It should be rather more cool in Pakistani cricket venues right now. It is a shame that Pakistan can not hold a match in their nation.

Posted by Sanoop_r on (January 7, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

True, that Pakistan won the series. True, that they played better cricket. True, that they have a better bowling line-up than ours. But to take away a victory by bringing memories of old losses is purely non-sportsman-like. The guys calling our bowling attack as the worst must be suffering from some illness. Didn't this bowling attack bowl out the Pak team twice? So, if the worst bowling attack does this, doesn't it mean that they got the worst batting team out twice? Think before you talk people.. We gave you credit for your 2 wins, and we totally deserve this victory especially for the bowling and fielding effort we displayed after posting a low total!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (January 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

@SyedAreYouDumb, so from your statement the conclusion is Pak batting is very weak when opponent bowling is decent, correct?

Posted by MandyBoy on (January 7, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

When the Indian team was getting into huddle Mr. Gavaskar said it is nothing but maintaining the warmth! After this performance what has Mr. Gavaskar to say! One does not need to make comments on everything and needs to understand that today playings days are different. Since commentators are paid to make comments sensible comments are requested!

Posted by nsaeed on (January 7, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

It is shocking and unbelievable that Pakistan was unable to score a T20 total in a 50 over match. They had the match in the bag after the bowlers had bowled out India for a meager 167. What went wrong? I watched the match live and Pakistani batsmen never seemed concerned or interested in scoring runs even when the run rate was climbing. Something does not seem right considering the batting power Pakistan had displayed in previous ODIs and T20s. Hmmm…,I cannot help but wonder what went on behind the scene or before the match. Man of the match should have been Seed Ajmal for his career best 5-24 and not Dhoni. I am scratching my head to figure out what special feat Dhoni performed in the 3rd ODI to earn this award? I guess such is the game of Cricket in the sub-continent.

Posted by TDOT-Indian on (January 7, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

As an Indian fan, It is evident that Ajmal clearly deserved the MOM award for this match. All those who are aruging the fact that Dhoni did not not deserve the MOM for the first match are clearly not understanding the game. That 100 Dhoni made was very special given the circumstances he came into the bat. There is no doubt that Pakistan clearly outplayed india and it showed by the way pakistan bowled. Although Jamshed and Hafeez were the stars of batting, there were no particular improvements in the batting of pakistan. Im glad they have finally moved on with afridi and India has to do the same with Sehwag and Rohit (sorry sehwag even though we are from the same region, but you have to go) Also to all those that are arguing the fact that Indians are celebrating the win....guys... seriously...isnt defending 167 is a celebration in an ODI?

Posted by Romenevans on (January 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

India Here! Man of the match Dhoni? are you kidding me? It was undoubtedly Ajmal or else give it to Bhuvi who setup the match for us. They gave it to Dhoni to save his captaincy and fool people that look "The captain cool is back"...its the team and fielding that won us the game..not MSD. It was Ajinkya who dived and brought the energy on the field and then the momentum started. Shame on this politics.

Posted by criclover75 on (January 7, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

cheers we beat india in india its all full of drama

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

Normally MOM has to go to a person in the winning side. So it should go to an Indian. But this tradition hasn;t followed in the first ODI.So it is a bias decision.Even in the indian side I think B.Kumar or Jadeja should get the award not doni.By the way he missed a catch too.But jadeja save plenty of runs other than his economical bawling.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

ummmmmmmm!!!!!!firstly i would like to say one thing. Misbah is one of the best captains that Pakistan had ever had. What he did right was the continuos attack on the indian batsmen right through the series. Anyone who plays cricket would know what exactly happened yesterday. Yes,Pakistan were bit slow,over cautious,and over relied on Jamshed. Addition to this was the tipicult nature of KOTLA which did the worst of any batsmen. When any team loses,blame is often upon the captains. Looking upon the stats,win % for Pak under Misbah in last one year or so is 63%,more than any other team.So,perhaps no blame,,no criticism on Misbah from my side.The dismissals that caused Pakistan were mainly because of quality bowling and tremendous feilding.Too much defensive can make u handicap,,,,this was what this series declared to indian players.Indians were too much defensive,especially the likes of Kohli.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 7, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

We already know that Pakistan has 2 top bowlers in Ajmal and Junaid, but Indian bowlers did remarkably well. I have been saying this for a long time now - we have enough talented medium pacers to form a (medium) pace battery. It's time to fix India's batting. Please get rid of Gambhir and Rohit Sharma, and "rest" Kohli for a couple of games. Jaffer/Mukund/Murli can play instead of Gambhir, and Mandeep Singh or Manoj Tiwary can take Rohit's place. Pujara is a natural fit at #3.

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 7, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Can't believe India lost the series to this ordinary pakistani side. The toss at Chennai made all the difference. This pakistan side is the worst batting line up in the world at the moment.

Posted by Rajmalla on (January 7, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

Since people started talking about giving captaincy to KOHLI from DHONI. See what has happened since then ? Suddenly Dhoni is playing like superman and VIRAT is not even reaching double figures. So what do you think ? Still VIRAT would be better captain than DHONI ?

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Man of the match award is seriously biased. Man of the match is Ajmal or should have been Ishant atleast for best bowling figures. On what basis did Dhoni get the award?

-An Indian

Posted by cooldxve on (January 7, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

I am not sad that Pakistan lost the match and missed a whitewash. But I am sad that even after winning the series they did not give chance to other young players in the squad. Instead, they made only one useless change of dropping Azhar Ali and picking Umar Akmal. The two Akmals are and will remain all time failures. I think Sarfraz Ahmed was better than Kamran. At least he used to make 25-30 runs and his keeping was also good. Adnan Akmal is also a better choice than Kamran. And of course Umar Akmal should be replaced by Asad Shafiq after he recovers. Among all Pakistani young batsmen Asad Shafiq has the best technique.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 7, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

Pakistan should have played Haris Sohail. I think most pakistan fans feel that its time for Misbah to let Haris Sohail take over his spot.

Posted by Fogu on (January 7, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

@ syedareyoudumb, Misbah has been a great captain for Pakistan. He has brought stability to your team. I am assuming you get excited about the glamour of Afridi instead of steely nerve of Misbah. And your shot at Bangladesh was low too. I understand you can not get international teams to play in your country and are upset at Bangladesh for not touring at this time, but I don't think this is the time for it. Your team won the series in India, your arch rival. Enjoy it instead of sinking low. Congratulations Pakistan. Great job. You have the bowling unit capable of competing against South Africa at this time.

Posted by Royal_V on (January 7, 2013, 1:47 GMT)

MSD MoM.. ha ha ha... What a decision... Reminds me 1994 Windies tour of India where Carl Hooper scored more runs and than SRT and also took more wickets but Man of The Series was given to SRT... It is a mystery why certain players are favored..

Posted by vish2020 on (January 7, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

For me MOM was Indian bowling and fielding! Not Dhoni for sure but i could see he got the award for field setting! However, paki's crying for ajmal? well his great figures didn't make you win did it? so he is isn't man of the match! simple! you gotta win first to be declared MOM. In some cases there are exceptions but in this one sorry ajmal better luck in SA

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Don't understand MOM award .I mean dhoni was MOM in first game even India lost and jamshed score a winning century ,again because India won ????? India's fielding was excellent even though drop few catches. Umer akmal should be rested for this lost.

Posted by xylo on (January 7, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

I don't understand people's anger over Dhoni being chosen as MoM. Sure, Ajmal picked up 5 wickets, but Dhoni was the top-scorer(although less than 40), and featured in 2 dismissals (a catch, a stumping) and made strategic moves to be able to defend 167 in this day of 300+.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

Good comeback for India. Pakistan approach was too relaxed which caused them the match.

Ishant as a senior bowler need to focus on line and lenght rather than pace and bounce. He could have caused India the game today.

All in all it was a good series.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

Surprised no one is criticising Kamran Akmal. Disgusted by Misbah haters. Aina said it. Everyone will regret when Misbah is GONE. We lost the match cos' of the unreliable Akmals, today, Kamran Akmal especially.

Posted by alisaqib610 on (January 7, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

This was a disastrous collapse by Pakistan. They will really have to work on their batting.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

The match seemed to be a dicided one, the way pakistan batted it was very clear that they did not want to win this match at every cost. Very little was done by indian bowlers and pakistani batsmen were presenting there wickets in a golden platter.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

In the future, India should play cricket only in Delhi

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (January 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Lol @ some (not all) Indians fans commenting and admiring the Indian win .For me it was always INDIA's game even before the start and expected Pakistan to play some new players in the team. i was surprised to see the way DHONI and INDIAN team mates were celebrating this dead rubber . That tells u the mindset of this team .. Anyways win is a win !! take nothing away from indian bowling performance against a weak pakistani batting on a seaming wicket. BUT pls guys dont get excited after this performance . And pls stop worrying about what will happen in SA

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

Really impressed with Shami Ahmed and B. Kumar. Ishant needs to worry now or pick up his game. Once Yadav and Aaron are back in the mix, India will have a formidable seam bowling attack. They also fielded brilliantly today but that may have been a fluke. The batting needs improvement but keeping the likes of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir in Test matches will be a critical mistake. Let's give the young guns a chance to play and learn to succeed in the near future. Please retire Mr. SRT!!!! PLEASE and keep scoring hundreds in Ranji Trophy.

Posted by RasCric on (January 7, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

India!! Baaten kam aur cricket ziada. :P

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 7, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Some Pak fans are not happy that Dhoni again got the MoM over Ajmal. I would say the most deserving candidate to get it was Jadeja actually. He scored 27 runs, gave only 19 runs in 10 overs, took a wicket and a catch too. But anyways. The thing that should console Pak fans is that even though Dhoni was MoM in 2 of the 3 matches it was Nasir Jamshed who got the MoS....so clearly no one should say there was any bias in awarding the MoM or the MoS. MoS is anyways a bigger award than MoM.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

Ajmal should've been the MoM.. Satisfying performance from Indian young fast bowlers..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

Poor pitch quality decided the result. Had India fielded first in 1st game and then batted first in 2nd and 3rd game, the result would be 3-0 in favor of India. BTW all the comments that undermine Bangladesh as a 3rd class team, specially Pak supporters shame on you as your team lost to Bangladesh couple times already.

Posted by KingMSC on (January 6, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

Well done Dhoni, another MoM. Now this guy is special. These guys have no heart man. 1st ODI, Junaid takes 4 wickets and pecks back Indian in a big way, Jamshed scores an unbeaten 100 to take Pakistan over the line but Dhoni takes the MoM. Now today when Ajmal took 5 wickets but that's not good enough cuz Dhoni scores 36 and drops Misbah. So it's clear Dhoni is MOM. Well done Pakistan on the series win in India. Proud of you guys.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 6, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Indian batting failed in all three matches and first T20. India has lost 10 of last 13 test matches and these so called world cup champions have also lost against Pakistan at home now. This confirms two things; ICC rankings are a farce and secondly, Indian selectors and Tendulya have done a huge damage to Indian cricket. Do you really think that Puajara who has never played outside India is going to be next saviour? Do you really think Bhuvnesh Kumar and Shami type medium pacers will do well againt quality batsmen,e.g better than Kamran and Umer Akamls? I doubt it. India's last ODI win means nothing in grand scheme of things and I am afraid, it may mask many weaknesses that Indian team posesses. I am not sure Indian players like Yuvraj have any right to celebrate anything as they lost the series and were bundled for 167 even in this match. Pak's batting cost this match ( and a bad umpiring decision) rather than India doing anything extra ordinary! Great win Pakistan on Indian soil...

Posted by nyazdanie on (January 6, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Pakistan lost due to two brothers, Akmals.

Posted by Desiboi80 on (January 6, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Why are pakistani's so petty even in their winnings? Who cares about the MoM? The MoM should have been Ravindra Jadeja in this game as he made some runs, bowled fantastically, and was great in the outfield. It would not have been Saeed Ajmal for taking out all the low order batsman. Dhoni was a surprise choice in this game but he wasn't in first game where his 100 was made in much more difficult conditions and without his 100 there would not have been an interesting game to start with and Jamshed had 3 chances and a decision or two wrong that went in his favor. Stop being so petty!! Savor the series win and have bigger hearts.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 6, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

Pakistan have a tendency to perform poorly in dead rubbers, however, a win is a win 2-1 or 3-0. Pakistan's win should be held in a very high regard as lets be honest, every cricket pundit was touting India as the favourites. India had home fans, home grounds and home umpires. Pakistan had an aweful umpiring decision in this match and may have costed Pak the match but these things do happen although Pak had a fair share of bad decision in this series,e.g Younis Khan in last match too. Luckily, umpires did not have to work too hard when Indians were batting as they kept getting bowled! Pak has found many heros in this series Junaid, irfan, Jamshed although this series also highlighted that K.Akmal and U.Akmal are not upto the mark. It is a shame that Asad shifiq missed out as he is miles ahead of Umer Akmal. Similarly, Pak need to groom a new keeper.K.Akmal is not upto the job. For Indian, their fans and players create a storm in tea cup.Why celebrate when Pak humiliated India at home?

Posted by adis26 on (January 6, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

@Sultan Ahmed Warraich : Firstly, I agree that Pak has been a better team this series. Indian batters are completely out of form at the moment and in a bit of a rut. However, the talent in this lineup is extremely and pretty much the same lot won us the WC and have done reasonably well even after in ODIs. Pak's bowling lineup without a doubt was extraordinary and even as rivals, there is no qualm appreciating that. This is probably great experience for the young batters we have as this is the first time they face Pak's bowlers. Few changes aside (like brining in Pujara which BCCI is doing now and removing out of form players), we still have lots of faith in our batting and once it does come back to form, an in-form Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Pujara and Dhoni are top quality. So granted u guys hv done great but don't underestimate and rule out Ind so easily. As you have often found in recent multi-national tournaments, Ind can cause Pak a lot of harm despite its strong bowling ;)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

Ajmal takes 5 wickets and MoM of award is given to Dhoni! Never witnessed something so biased and unjustified in sport before. Shame to those who made this decision. Would like to see them take 5 wickets in an ODI!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Disappointing performance by Pakistan' players in the 3rd ODI. Any time when there is short or long target to achieve why our players get nervous. Besides batting , fielding, practice coaches, we need a psychologist in the team which give instructions how to relax their mind and bodies before their batting start. and how to play without feeling pressure even though the game is being played away from home-ground.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

I agree that more MoM awards ought to go to bowlers, however, to read a comment that Dhoni got the award to save his captaincy only displays the writer's lack of grace and makes me question his maturity. Dhoni won simply because he batted, lead the team and kept wicket better than anybody else bowled, batted, lead or kept wicket.

Posted by Shams22 on (January 6, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

@ SyedAreYouDumb : "Not even the '3rd class' team like Bangladesh would implode on such a small total against one of the worst bowling attacks." Please get out of the habit of downgrading other cricket nations. If you want to criticize a team's performance, do so using many other cricketing factors that are out there. Comparing teams in such low manner isn't appropriate. If you were really comparing Pakistan to a '3rd Class' team like Bangladesh, then you ARE admitting that Pakistan WAS a 3rd class team on this day. Anyway, hope you get the point. And, Im a die hard Pakistani fan by the way, and was really disappointed with their performance today, recalling how the batting stepped up through the whole series.

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

@PakCricSpin, Ajmal got wickets on a low scoring and bowler friendly wicket while Dhoni scored runs in difficult circumstances, besides one catch and one stump behind the wicket. @Dilbar786, It is hard earned victory and even if you claim your bowling is good, it exposes your batting is fragile and by no means world class. Indian bowling is innocous that your batsmen relished but little tighter line and decent fielding your batsmen are worst. So there is no gift. @ Siraj, Yes it is political move...hahahh whenever you loose it is always political as if you are invincible. Why it is hard for you to accept defeat ?

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 6, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Well played India, you deserved this one, good game to watch; It would have been so unjust to Indian fans if Pak had won with one wicket remaining; seriously I thought about it at that time and told myself, it will be too mean on Pak's part to given Indian's hope and then win after that; India could beat England; there's no doubt about it; India has been one of the best ODI side.

Posted by Nampally on (January 6, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

@KiwiRocker: Cool down man! There were 3 LBW's given for each side.One of the Umpires in the ODI 3 was not Indian. So whatever decisions were made, I hope they were genuine. As for the series sweep it did not happen. India defended 167 which is fantastic for a team that lost the first 2 ODI's. I would say it is more than a moral victory for Indian Team to show such gutsy comeback. Inclusion of Shami made a big difference especially after v.expensive Dinda. In fact all Indian bowlers bowled accurately for the first time. Pakistan's batting is still weak. It was the openers that carried Pakistan whilst it was the openers that let India down. India A playing England beat them handily. Perhaps the same India A may have performed better against Pakistan. So it also shows the Indian selectors deficiencies.India is in transition phase where right guys are not in place to replace the old guard.Once the Selectors get their bearings right India will be on top again because so much talent exists!

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 6, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Pak fans really should get over this MoM thing. It wasn't Ajmal's greatest ODI spell ever.. Four of his five wickets were of lower order/tailend batsmen.. Moreover he was on the losing side.. So I can't understand the point you people are trying to make.. And regarding 1st ODI, Rameez Raja rightly mentioned "There are hundreds you score when the team is cruising and then there are those when the team is down and out. That innings from Dhoni was a gem and one of the best ODI knocks I've ever seen".. Says it all.

Posted by BlueSky212 on (January 6, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

Even I am indian the only thing still worries the MOM I bet it shouldn't be Mr.Cool just a toss up between RJ and Ajmal.I still favors RJ because 3 reasons all Ajmal wickets are bowlers except Raina. You cant argue Ashwin and RJ are best of lot as batsman because no indian fan want to put them in team that sums up all.Coming straight to point giving Dhoni MOM proves BCCI want to save his captaincy.After last match even Ganguly suggested dhoni should come up the order and it looks baffling to me even in form,why dhoni dont want to come in top 3 for atleast this series.So it again proves he is defensive captain india ever produced.You should lead from front not back.So clearly suggesting BCCI/selectors havnt doing any favor to declining indian stars.So BCCI pls open your eyes after 8 test overseas loss to England/Aus, t-20 sharing to Eng and Pak,series loss to Pak in ODI suggested there is no rocket science in Dhoni's captaincy so today's MOM is worst I ever seen after scoring 36.LOL

Posted by AbdulHanan on (January 6, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Again biased decision. If I am not wrong Dhoni is known to be a fair and sportsman. He should have courage to refuse the biased award. Shame......

Posted by dontlikecricket on (January 6, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

Come one Pak fans, to win in india 2-1 is a very good result. Today batting was very difficult nad hence very low scoring game. Some people are never happy, Misbah is a great captain who has brought Pak out of the lowest point in their history in 2010. Umar Akmal had too many chances, he should not play. Today's wicket suited Azhar Ali, Pak needed a batsman who has patience on these kind of wickets. People who saying that Misbah cost the match and batting rate was slow etc etc, I suggest them to actually play cricket and try to undertsand how conditions and wickets actually work in "real" life cricket. Some Pak fans have no clue and are never happy depite greatly improved results since 2010!!

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 6, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

BCCI enough favours already on the name of goodwill. Just one match under pressure and look what happened.

Posted by Aura123 on (January 6, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Great series. Well done Pakistan. Last game gift from Pakistan to our neighbour :) Can't wait to see Pak bowling attack VS South African bowling attack. Let the best bowling battle begin in SA :)

Posted by PakFan0786 on (January 6, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

@Sumit Arora. You are talking crap my friend, all teams have bad days and they only lost by 10 runs but the bottom line is the pakistani team were the best in this tournament and on your home grounds too. Pakistan were not expected to be strong batting team but they did well. India only lost because of there batting but was meant to be this unstoppable batting force, what happened? I'm just glad this tournament happened and hopefully many more of these confrontations to come. Onwards and Upwards. Congrats Pakistan, you did us proud!!!

Posted by womenlovecricket on (January 6, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

@ Posted by Sultan Ahmed Warraich on (January 06 2013, 21:19 PM GMT) How can you talk about India being trashed at Home and that even though Pakistan my lose against South Africa it isn't a big deal because it is overseas. May I remind you that Pakistan don't have Home games anymore? That you are forced to play overseas for years? Since that is the case you will never be trashed at "Home".

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 6, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Sorry but People have always the memory of last match and in that Pakistan Lost. Only Junaid is the quality bowler between Irfan and Gul. Junaid will play for long time but Irfan will disappear within year or two, Gul is the worst pace bowler Pakistan had ever produced. Hafeez is good and Ajmal is very good but that young guy called Raza hasan who played in T-20 world cup is also a good spinner.

Posted by agent001 on (January 6, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

If MSD could be the MOM in a losing cause, then why was Ajmal overlooked by the judges for the MOM in the third ODI. Umar Akmal has no cricketing brain. He cost the loss to Pakistan in the 2nd T20 when he refused that single in the 16th over and was out the next ball. Throwing his wicket in this ODI by getting stumped showed his selfish and immature behavior. Pakistan won both the ODIs when he was warming the benches!

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 6, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

@ AzAb12754 - It's not like Chand is the only talented batsmen we've got.. He will have to wait for his chance as there are many young batsmen who have performed well.. Sure if Chand was playing for BD he would have played about 50 ODIs by now and probably become the captain too. But in India, he has some tough competition to even make it to the A team..

Posted by spinkingKK on (January 6, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

Dhoni has played well in this series and this match. There were never any doubts over his abilities in the limited over cricket. However, I think the man of the match should have gone to Jadeja or Ishant Sharma. It was them who brought India back into the game. Well played India. At last, it looks like India has found some medium pacers and the selectors have finally decided to do, at least, the minimum by dropping Sehwag. In my opinion, even Gambhir should have gone. Yousuf Pathan should be picked. India need more match winners.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Why was Jadeja not man of the match? 1 for 19 of 10 overs, great fielding and a 27, cut short because Dhoni sent him in so late and he ran out of partners (ha, he didn't try to push his avg up by staying not out!!). Otherwise Ajmal should have got it. Just change the award to batsman of the match, bowlers and fielders are ignored all the time, it's the way Indian cricket is.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

I cannot believe that man of the match was given to Dhoni for his 36 runs while they ignored the bowling performance of Ajmal who took 5 ticket in 9.4 overs with average 2.8 per over.

In last match Pakistan won the match and nasir jamsheed also scored not out century but they gave man of the match to losing captain dhoni for his century . Why indians are biased? Just because prize money is in your hands dont mean you should give it to your own squad even when they don't deserve it

Posted by PakCricSpin on (January 6, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Well this settles one thing - Man of the Match award is a biased award that people give to players who they favor. It has very little to do with individual performances in India. Saeed Ajmal was robbed even though he produced his career best bowling figures. And of all the players Dhoni was handed the award to save his captaincy. That's a new low.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (January 6, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Thank you Pakistan Team for a Special gift.Well Done

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

@ AHFAD: Yes Misbah's average is high, DESPITE him being a lower order player. A man who scores all these runs at this average without a century is confirmed as a selfless player. His runs are a trivial matter compared to his effect on the team. Unfortunately people like you will only acknowledge it after his retirement, just like Dada Ganguly was being feted that day despite having been castigated left, right, centre at the twilight of his career! Even a fool wouldn't have wanted Pakistan's captaincy when Misbah took it over, and he has been criticized from that day to this. Fans from other countries often say on these forums that he is an amazing captain to have. As for today, we would have been bowled out even cheaper if Misbah had gone on a duck, and whatsmore, had Azhar played instead of the people's favourite Umar Akmal, we would likely have won!

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 6, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

Pakistan were cruising but i dont understand why they were batting so slowly and giving good economy rates to Indian bowlers especially Jadeja!! They then ended up losing, i recommend they get rid of slow misbah for a couple of matches and let him play tests for now.

Pakistan what have you done, this is unbelievable? Not even the '3rd class' team like Bangladesh would implode on such a small total against one of the worst bowling attacks.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

@Smith Arora, What happens to us in south Africa is future, But you Indians are being hammered AT HOME, so a bigger reason to worry for you, Pakistan will do well as they are more likely to perform off shores than INdia.Our strength is our bowling and it always delivers,you strength is your batting but What happened to your stars against a quality bowling line up???

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

bias MoM Decision by india .. comeon u should have given to saeed ajmal wht he deserves.. plzzz tell us what spectacular performance did dhoni gave to be awared MoM ?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

@Sumit Arora...i dnt think you should be advising mate...World Number 1 team went to England and lost 4-0...we lost 3-1 and crossed 300 twice...great series btw

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

i like how indian fans and were dancing and celebrating around when they just barely avoided a white wash and just had lost the series...lool atleast they have something to cheer about...india wining this low total game? hmmm sounds like a political move to me... they deserved the white wash.. hack i take this series as pretty much a white wash...

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 6, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

A win is a win but this was a long way short of convincing. How can Dhoni be MoM when Ajmal picks 5 wickets?!? This smells of something. Also - where on earth is Pujara? Or this is just a good old fashioned India power struggle...? Pujara should have been involved from the beginning but he is STILL not there. Why? To be continued...

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

pakistan won series ...2 1 congrate to pakistan and whole country ...today pakistan lost bcz of mibzh and umer akmal ,,,, our bowlers junaid irfan ajmal hafeez gul best for any team with inculsion of asad shafiq and taufeeq umer we r good in test also we beat india in india cheers pakistan .. we beat indians ,,,

Posted by IndianCricketFan007 on (January 6, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

@Munib Qwais: I agree with you mate but I think instead of Dhoni and Ajmal, Jadeja should have got the Man of the Match. I also think that Junaid Khan should have been given the Man of the Series along with Jamshed as he was the one who was troubling the top order in every match.

Posted by ahmednaveed on (January 6, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

No attempt for runs from 46th of 48th overs ,No try for Cross on Gul's shot , Umar Akmal Intension while stumped out , Misbah's Catching practices created to0 many doubt in my mind that match for given for Aman ki asha .

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Rubbish decision of Man of Match award both in first ODI and here again for third one. Saeed ajmal fully deserved MOM for his career best 5-24 but ajudicators are offcourse indian so obviously blind and biased.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

@Sumit Arora: Its a great shame India got beaten by a Team that has club level fielding and batting! Oh btw what did you say??? We won't be able to score even hundred runs against upcoming South African tour? You want me to remind you yours team performance in the test series they played outside home...? According to you, India is good in Batting and Fielding, ohhh mannnn, somebody please give me the damn reason why this man Sumit Arora still exists on this planet!

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 6, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

As usual, I will like to do a stock take of positives and negatives for both teams. India has found good useful bowlers Bhuveneshwar looks useful and so does shami but these folks have only played in few matches. Both are usual Indian medium pacers. One must note that real test of these bowlers will come againt Australian or SA batsmen who are more competent to play seam bowling. I do not find either of them as wonderful as lets say Junaid Khan.Indian batting has totally failed. Hardly any other positive for India. As for Pakistan, they have found Irfan, Junaid as talented bowlers. Jameshed has emerged as best left handed opener since days of Saeed Anwar. Fielding looks sharp. Shoib Mailk has started to do well. Saeed Ajmal has done whatever he has been doing. Pak needs to find a better wicketkeeper batsman. Kamran Akmal has improved keeping, but he has failed as a batsman. It would have been nicer to try Harris Sohail. Shame that Asad Shafiq missed as he is Pak's best young batter!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

@Sumit Arora if Indian batting fires?? but it didnt? thats why pakistan won because our bowlers bowled better and to remind you saying we will lose test matches in 3 days we may lose in 3 days in SA but we drew in 0-0 all vs South Africa and won 3-0 vs England in Dubai while India couldnt put up a fight in their home conditions on turning pitches which are supposed to be their forte It is such an arrogant and spoiled attitude of their fans which results in an expletive ladden performance of their players case in point Virat Kohli. P.S congratulations for Indian Bowlers for showing they can provide India with wins even if batting does not post 280+.

Posted by Auditor2012 on (January 6, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

Misbah's pathetic and extra ordinary defensive batting ONCE AGAIN cause Pakistan to loose the game. 39 runs in 84 balls in ODI !!!!!!!!!!! And as usaul he even did not take singles. Ponting, Tendulker,Hussey all got retird at age 38 years, is Misbah more better player then these legendary players? Can any one tell me if any 38 years old player is playing in any country's ODI team. It's time for Misbah to get retired from ODI after winnig series from India. But i am sure he will not do that.Last match have shown that Pakistani team in ODI and T20 still needs Afridi. Whatever the middle order of Pakistani team doing, it makes it necessory to bring competent Batsman like Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam back in Test and ODI team for South Africa's tour. Just like junaid have been given chances and he has proven himself, Anwar Ali should be guven chance in South Africa's tour, he will prove then how good swing bowler he is.Malik should be only in T20, Umer Akmal should be included in ODT and T20

Posted by Natraja on (January 6, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

I think Jadeja should have been MOM for his 27 in dying moments and great bowling of 10 overs for JUST 19 runs and the wicket of Umar Akmal. His brilliant fielding was bonus for the team.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 6, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Now when it is all done and dusted, lets have a look at this series. India was touted as favourites as they were so called world champions and playing at home. Pakistan should have won T series, but Yuvraj played a good inning so T20 series draw was a fair result. In ODI series, Pakistan has hammered India. Result could have been 3-0 if Pakistan did not have bad umpiring decisions. However this happens. I must mention that Younis Khan was also given out incorrectly in second ODI so Pak had some rough umpiring decisions. I am not sure what Indian fans are complaining about as none of them had bad umpiring decisions in ODi series and generally were clean bowled! Never the less 3-0 or 2-1 is a win and a massive win for Pak that were not favourites. Pak has won in India, in front of their home crowds, home umpires and home conditions. Indian players and administrators have become so pathetic that they are dancing around after losing a series! Get real! Pak has almost white washed you!

Posted by Chak-De11 on (January 6, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

@ Anas Amin and all you Pakistanis. Please stop crying and learn to accept defeat. If you had already won the series and if today's game was not important you should have not watched the game at all. So shut up and let us enjoy the win...

Posted by marlboro19 on (January 6, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Congrats Pak, I have to admit they are the better team atm. As an Indian follower, i can only envy the bowlers they have.Let's hope Ind visit Pak soon, with BCB backstabbing them , it falls to us to get Int cricket to Pak. In fact , why not lease some border-states stadiums to Pak for their home matches.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

Though we won series there exists severe loop holes in our batting . Seriously the batting failures were exposed in 2nd ODI too but hogwashed under the cover of splendid bowling. Akmal borthers specially are not justified in the team.

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (January 6, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Well I was against awarding MOM to the loosing team and therefore it cannot be Saeed Ajmal, I opposed Dhoni in first match too. In my opinion it should be one of the bowlers in India and my vote will be Shami - what a performance from him on his debut...

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan! Well Played!!!

Posted by Silverbails on (January 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

I guess that miracles DO sometimes happen, and this was certainly ONE of them!! The Pak. team really ought to have EASILY won this game, such was the pathetic display of batting from the home team. This STILL doesn't mean that the Indian ODI team are anywhere near coming out of the woods yet!! The series to come against England, unless something drastic changes for the Indians, will highlight this even MORE starkly. As I've said before, MSD needs to be relieved of his captaincy NOW, although as a batsman he would retain his place in the middle order. Rahane should now DEFINITELY be preferred over the misfiring Sehwag at the top of the order. As for Man of the match - def. should go to Ajmal for his 5 wickets, and NOT for the rather lucky Dhoni!! Anyway, let's HOPE for a vast improvement for the England series to come, although I'm NOT holding my breath on that one....!!!

Posted by JyothiRaj on (January 6, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

I strongly believe India win England ODI series,bcz their bowlers are not as threatening like Junaid and Anderson is not playing.We got two 3 good bowlers all of a sudden.Yuvi looks good,except the odd ball done the unplayable to him from Hafeez.Other wise Yuvi and Raina are good and same kind of dismissal will not happen against England.Only concern is about opening stand now and leading spinner,as Aswin is playable and not threatening,jadeja has bowled with right pace and thats why he was economical today.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan! Well Played! <3

Posted by juned.jamshed on (January 6, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Based on the performance, Saeed ajmal deserved to be the man of the match but somehow judges did not saw it... btw a good match till the end and some fighting spirit was shown by india... best of luck to india against eng and Pakis against SA... As a paki fan I would really hope that Paki team improve in their batting department too...

Posted by kirankiran on (January 6, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Congrats team Pakistan for winning the series against the ODI world champions in their home ground!! Somebody called their batting n fielding as pathetic as club team level...well if india lost series against such a team, wot does tht make the indian team?? And this last match defeat wud keep the Pak team humble n wud only make them better InshaAllah!!

Posted by JyothiRaj on (January 6, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Nice to see India winning a game with 100% effort.If they had done the same at batting, India would have got atleast 250.Shami Ahmed is exemplary controlled in his line and length,never felt like he is a debutant in slog overs.India has to find one more Swing bowler,preferred to be an allrounder like Irfan Pathan.India also needs a good player in the opening slot.Definitely Ajaml deserves an applause but not Man of the Match.Dhoni is wisely chosen bcz I've seen after a long time that his field placement was spot on to his bowlers.He batted too well.So credit must go to him as this win was a result of collective effort and man responsible for such spirit is obviously the capatain.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

at last Good to see India putting some fight.. more strangely thru their bowling.. Pakistani team gifted the match nd slowed the tempo of the game when they should hav accelerated the game nd win under 45 overs. .

but I hope k our Team will take some lesson from this batting failure.. where r Misbah haters ? many Pakistanis wanted him to get out.. nd when he was out.. the gateway for a huge collapse opened.. now see why he is so important.. he is doing pretty well for more than 2 yrs now.. specially as a captain.. :)

nd I Think I shouldn't talk about MOM Award at all.. totally biasedness.. :D

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Pak batting is jut not good on fast picthes and tracks where ball swing, even against weakest bowling side like india. I cant believe Pak is so bad in chasing even such a meagre total. They will lose miserably in south africa. Misbah, Younis, Akmals and shoaib has no place in limited over team. If they dont want to retire with respect then must be kicked out. Pathetic performace by team under another defensive loser Misbah, proven batting failure. Misbah and Umar Aklmal had a golden chance to prove themselves by guiding pak to victory but they crumbled yet again. Umar and Kamran Akmal are both proven failure and i dont know how many chances will be given to them. Cant we even find one decent wicket keeper in whole country? Shoaib malik has no place in this team either, he just keep coming back in team like a blood sucking leech with a parchi...Younis batting is also now mediocre and we must find his replacement. I feel horrible for all poor players who didnt get a chance to play on

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Well a face savinng best atlast. Of course if Indian batsmen had hit form the results could have been different but credit also goes to Pakistani bowlers. India needs to work on both batting and bowling though I don't think India has much of chance with bowling. Pakistan obviously has a poor batting line up one of worst among top sides. In form out or out of form they remain poor. The same applies to Indian bowling. So two average sides fought it out and the one better on 2 days out of 3 emerged victorious.That sums it up.

Posted by OmerKKhan on (January 6, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

India won this match with the help of umpires. India was playing with 13 players, Especially Poor umpiring by Mr. Billy Bowden!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

dhoni was man of the match because he hit 3 sixes in the match which no other batsmen could. dhoni deserved it !!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

@ Sumit Arora look man u have been outplayed in the first two ODI'S . Our bowling is our strength and ur strength is batting which has been exposed quite well by our fast bowlers which india has not produced ( talking about quality seamers ) .. our batting has failed only in this match and ur batting has failed in all the matches except the 2nd T20 .. and before this tour england has defeated you in the test series in your home grounds .. Batting has been a concern for pakistan but seriously bro after watching ur batting just improve instead of predicting about the futures of the other teams .. ball will nip around in SouthAfrica and just remember that your batting had no answer to our bowlers in India then what will u guys do against SouthAfrica IN SouthAfrica .. Lol .. All of ur big names in batting have been thrashed quite well

Posted by Ajayvs on (January 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Why are so many people making such a huge noise about a stupid MOM, i dont understand. Players themselves do not care much about these awards. Is it just that all of us need some reason to argue and complain?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman contributed more that 200 runs in the series. Kamran Akmal as wicketkeeper-batsman contributed 2 runs to the series. Oh and two runs in two T20 as well. About time we have Umar Akmal take the gloves.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (January 6, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

People who are saying Saeed Ajmal should be MoM have no idea about cricket. When Dhoni got those 113 and won MoM he batted with the tail and came to bat when Indian top order was shattered for almost nothing. Saeed took these 5 wickets when Indian Indian top order was already dismissed. Look at the wickets he took. For my ever complaining Pakistani fans, MoM is chosen by Match referee and not Indian team management or BCCI .

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Great bilateral Series! I wish we can have more of these. Great bowling displays by both teams. In the end cricket was victorious. Kudos to BCCI and PCB for squeezing this mini contest between the England series. Pakistan's batting crumbles as usual. Jams

Posted by mazii on (January 6, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

We, Pakistani fans, are not like some Indian fans who disown their team whenever they fail. Even after this loss I still back Misbah to continue with ODI captaincy. He still is a good batsmen who given stability to Pakistan batting line up. I was expecting some arrogance from Indian fans after this inconsequential win. Any ways India played better and deserved this victory. It seems like after just one win everything is rosy in India team. Pakistan won the series in Indian backyard and those wins was just one sided wins, my dear Indian brothers. And Junaid treated Indian batsmen as club level Batsmen. This is a fact. And those who are saying that Pakistan can't chase 167 then my dear who chased 228 and scored 250. Who chased 135 in 1st t20 and who scored 181 in response of India's 192. Pakistan beat India in their own backyard fair and square on your own pitches and in front of your own crowd. If you can't take it then you've to live with it. Kohli can't score against Junaid.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

The way this series has gone, it can be considered that the Indian fast bowlers have stood up to the task far better than the batsmen. Pakistani fast bowlers too have looked really good.. and the difference between the two sides have been the batting.. Pak has batted better.. no doubts about it. It is but fair to say that we were pretty much comprehensively beaten the first 2 games and narrowly beat pak the third time around. However bad our batting has looked, i must say i'm impressed by the 2 new indian fast bowlers that have turned up in the series.. still very early days.. but one can only hope they dont go the way most indian fast bowlers who showed promise went!

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 6, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

@ALL PAK FANS: I know most of you ppl are very sporting and there are always a few bad apples in every carton. I really admire the talent Pak team have and that they manage to play this well even though they hardly get any cricket at home. You guys did that to Eng in UAE and now to Ind in Ind. Hats off to this. In another comment I've already said that no matter how good the bowling and fielding was from Ind, Pak shud have won today too and even as an Ind fan I was surprised to see Pak were 130/6 when I came back from an errand. Now, a question to all of you. Today Ajmal picked up 5 wickets and limited Ind to 167 yet Pak lost. Pls tell me if it was Ajmal's fault by any means? How would you feel if someone said Ajmal should have taken more wickets? What else can a bowler do in an ODI match than taking 5 wickets? Worse, how would you feel if someone says Ajmal was clearly selfish and took those 5 wickets for his record only. You wud feel bad na? Some say this for Sachin - imagine !!

Posted by ROXSPORT on (January 6, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

The Shoaib Malik lbw was a marginal one & would have returned "Umpire's Call" on DRS whereas Umar Gul was plumb against Ashwin even before he had scored. DRS needs to eliminate howlers such as these before it will be universally acceptable.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

Dhoni deserved MOM stop complaining pakistan! you got you'r cup and you'r still complaining. You just jealous of Dhoni's batting abilities.

Posted by zzboyz on (January 6, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal should be man of match for this. 5 for 24 is amazing and Dhoni only scored 36. This shows how much favortism goes to India.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Hence proved the biasness of giving MOM to DHONI in 1st ODI... Jameshed century dhoni century but MOM to dhoni despite losing,,, today from both teams only ajmal was exception but MOM dhoni... lolz kind of a joke.... Cheers

Posted by khan0342 on (January 6, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Remember am not taking anything away from Dhoni. I just want my friends to know and realize that It's all about the team not just the captain. You need to play well as a unit to win more ofter than not. In 1st two matches he did not fail as a batsman but his side failed twice. Today he failed as a batsman by not scoring as much as he would have liked but his side won because they did well as a team. There could be different reasons for Dhoni not coming up the order. We Pakistanis should back our team & the whole management. Well played guys.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

I strongly believe the guy who gave the Man of the match award to Dhoni was not in his senses. clearly by scoring 36 runs from 77 balls does not make any sense. Ajmal was a well-deserved candidate beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Posted by Blue_Moon on (January 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

wow after loosing first two match indian fans were bashing indian team and praising Pakistan, and some Pakistani fans thought that Indian might have changed and they are now giving the credit where it was due.....now after winning dead rubber they are calling Pakistans wins as fluke.......way to go India....u showed ur true colour.......England you have our total support....go and White wash.........!

Posted by khan0342 on (January 6, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Why not we put the blame on all the batsmen rather than just Misbah. Its not that our batsmen didn't try,but i think we were not allowed to dictate our terms at any stage of the game while we were batting. There is no shame in losing to a team that played better than us on that given day.His decisions and game planning abilities are quite impressive. Its not always you see captains scoring heavily and the team winning.We just saw what happened to Australia.Clarke scored double hundreds and kept scoring with every coming day and still they lost the series against South Africa and that too at home.We are not playing at home.We won the series against our arch-rivals at their own back yard.Then what's the problem man?At least we should give Misbah some credit for all the good work he has done.Despite his bad form he came today at no.4 not like our opposition captain at no.7 and 6.Despite Dhoni scoring a century and scoring so freely could not save his side from losing the series.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 6, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Although an Ind win feels good but the fact is the batting still remains a concern. No matter what you say, Pak should have won this game and somehow none of their batsmen were able to score runs to go beyond 167. Still 1-2 is a lot better than 0-3 and the relief on the face of Ind players was visible. I don't know what to expect form Ind now. Are they going to do better vs England? This Ind team is a bit like Pak of old. They can win matches like they did today, they can bowl out teams for 250 from 141-0 and they can also fail to score even 200 runs on a flat wicket. Pak go back with a lot of positives, the two J's being the most prominent. The only worry they would have is Umar Akmal who has suddenly flattened out a bit. Misbah was criticized a lot for his 81 ball knock and will he get another match now? Who knows? For Ind, Bhuvi was a good find while Shami showed good promise. Awana was disappointing and others were below par. Dhoni was in super form but we need more ppl in form.

Posted by kc69 on (January 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

@getsetgopk : we would say the same if India was given correct decisions in first game..this celebration of Indian fans(which you term as stupidity) would have been all over you today.Stop giving excuses and get a life.Take cricket sportively.CONGRATS TO PAKISTAN FOR ODI SERIES.

Posted by kc69 on (January 6, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Being an Indian team supporter I'm surprised that how come MS Dhoni got Man of the Match because i hope its not Man of the Winning Team.I justify he was Man of the Match for first game.But this game it should had been Ajmal.

Posted by abhiyog on (January 6, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Well my team really shocked me bcoz we have to fight very very hard to defend 192 against this same team on a flat pitch but defending such low total in an ODI on any pitch in this T20 era is really a great achievement,well the truth will only be known on March 26th when Aussie tour of India ends......and a senseless league called IPL starts and our Stars play very very seriously............

Posted by khan0342 on (January 6, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Middle order needs to improve a hell lot as some serious tough times ahead. I will not critisize Misbah instead i will continue to support him no matter what the results are as i don't need to tell anyone that how much we have achieved under his captaincy especially where we were after that spot-fixing scandal.We need a captain that brings some calm to the dressing room.Ya we know 2015 world cup is not too far & Misbah may not be able to play till then but if someone is doing good as a captain why should we change him and disturb all the good work done.Yes Hafeez is a very good player & a good t20 captain but still i don't think we should be too quick to put the burden of ODI captaincy on his shoulders right now. We should give him and Misbah some time and be patient.We have done all the experiments before.Misbah's form is not too good right now,he needs to improve his strike rate but we should be patient.And he knows all this.

Posted by waqar-ali001 on (January 6, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

hahahaha........ i am really amused to see the celebrations of india after winning the last match as if they have a fantastic series....lolllll..... nd we do not want MOM, because u can not give the cup on loosing otherwise yr BCCI would have done it also.......

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

haha Dhoni gettin MoM is the bogus decision of the year so far

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I can't help feeling there is something very ** ODD ** about this 3rd ODI. Pakistan have a history of wrapping up a ODI series win and then playing a different kind of game with the dead rubbers, just study past Pak-Zim series.

At any rate, Pak should be congratulated for their performance in this T20/ODI series, they deservedly won the ODI series, I thought the gulf between the two sides was significant and very worrying for India. Pak's bowling was expected to be high class but their batters were outstanding, and even the normally fickle fielding was at its best. Well Done, Pakistan.

Posted by ar_pk on (January 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

@SaadRocx yes sure as we have already seen in test series ind vs eng. And there are much more to watch in next coming ODI's ind vs eng.

Posted by khan0342 on (January 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

As for as Pakistan team is concerned i think i will definetly look at the overall perspective & say that we did pretty well on this tour and in this series particularly. We lost 3 ODI series last year and came back well in this one. We were too much reliant on Saeed Ajmal but this time we went back to our fast bowlers who have always did so well for uso and once again they kept their reputation. Also the spinners bowled really well. Batting has improved but a lot of work needs to be done.I think it was very unfortunate that hafeez got injured. He along with Jamshed gave us some very good starts that you need in every match not just chasing big totals. Kamran was not up to the task. Had we stuck to Azhar he would have opened the innings with jamshed especially having seen him as an opener in the domestic circuit and doing pretty well. But then you have to respect the decisions of the management as they were left with no option since they included umar and hafeez was injured.

Posted by Pak_alldway on (January 6, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@sudhir65::How can dhoni get MOM for jus 30odd runs.it was a pathetic decision.ajmal was MOM.

Posted by crindex on (January 6, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Younger spinner Jalaj Saxena is more promising than Ashwin. He can replace Ashwin in atleast one game between India and England series. That would show who is a better half spinner. I am for dropping non performing players . Ashwin is one of them. Enough is enough.

Posted by Crik_Fan on (January 6, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

It is very unfortunate that some of Pakistani fans are back to their old habits of planting conspiracy theories whenever Pakistan looses. Whenever Pakistan looses, Pakistani fans become bitter. Some Indians also do that but they blame their players and lack of commitment, inconsistency, IPL and occassionally umpiring decisions, pitch conditions, weather ets.. but all cricket related factors. But Pakistani straightaway go for the hidden and imagined factors. I want to ask just 2 questions from such people: 1. If you really believe in these theories, why you continue to take interest ? 2. If you really believe in these theories, why you back the same players in next match whom in previous match you claim for delibeartely let other team win ? Winning and loosing is part of game, every match is different. Teams become complacent after couple of wins while after loosing teams raise their game. Thats what sports is all about. Stop making a mockery of yourself in an attempt to discredit other

Posted by khan0342 on (January 6, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Well quite clearly indian team deserved this victory especially after doing so well in the fielding and bowling department. As we believe that the team that plays better cricket deserve to win and indian team played better than us today. Shami Ahmed was quite impressive and deserved his place even in the previous matches too. I know they keep saying its never too late but i think that was not the case here. It was too late an entry for him into the series. Also Jadeja & Ishant bowled really well. The amount of effort they were putting in was worthy of praise. It shows they are improving day by day.Ms.Dhoni made some good decisions and was supported really well by his bowlers and fielders particularly. It was a team effort. For us(PAKISTAN), well in this cold it's better to be staying at home in bed and enjoy some hot coffee then to be playing at dharamshala. Especially after doing pretty well on this tour.

Posted by bilal_muzaffar on (January 6, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

If they could give MOM award to Dhoni in the first ODI that india lost why could not they give it to Saeed Ajmal today.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

Weldone india u makes me more proud...salute to dhoni for da chenges n 34runs....people said u r luckyier but I belive u r lucky becouse u r belive on u r skills....:-)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

It is understandable that passions run high in an India vs. Pakistan cricket match. But if you are an objective cricket fan, then there are signs of trouble for both teams.

India's batting woes against the moving ball will be further tested by England in the ODIs. The depleted bowling attack of England might help but coping with full-strength Australia in the upcoming 4-match test series will be tough. The winter pitches should be pacy with the early morning dew. Nothing to be really hopeful for Indian fans :-)

For Pakistani fans, enjoy the series win as it is special to win against India in India. That said, there are some tough overseas tours ahead. Pakistan's next assignment is against South Africa in South Africa. Bowling is excellent. I am really looking forward to the pace bowlers asking some serious questions of the SA batsmen. Ajmal and company should also enjoy the bounce. But batting is a real worry. Even Jamshed wasn't all that convincing against the moving ball. Two colla

Posted by IAS2009 on (January 6, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

poor batting from Pakistan lost the match, India bowled well but it was Pakistan Match to loose, there is only one thing good came out for Pakistan is to remove Misbah as captain as ODI, his approach to chase was poor. If Younis Khan have stayed he would have played positive and rotated the strike. A part where defense was required when ball was moving every bastman was blocking ball with no intent to clear the boundary even in batting power play 12 run were scored with 2 wicket, what was the point of Umar Akmal playing and not using his hitting when needed and then he needlessly throwing his wicket away, umpiring of Billy Bowden was poor he gave Kamran akmal out when ball hit him on thigh pad and he played out side the line of off, many poor calls. Pakistan need Hafeez as captain in ODI and Misbah captain in Tests. Good win for India. I have to say the boundaries that Indian fielder saved made lot of difference in the end. Pakistan have missed to make history by beating India 3-0.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Dhoni MAN of the MATCH : Are you kidding??? Dont You have Sportsman Spirit ?? Ajmal Took 5 Wicket haul He should b awarded..Its Man of the Match not innings..

Posted by ar_pk on (January 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 It is probably the first time when pakistan has lost a match after a good performance of Saeed Ajmal. There are many matches when Ajmal's performance has lead pak to win. We won the Test series against India only because of Ajmal and there are many other matches too. So truly speaking he is match winner for Pakistan. By the way what would you say about dhoni after 1st ODI because his century was also in vain. It is not the matter of a single match.

Posted by GRVJPR on (January 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

India exposed pakistan today thoroughly. Pakistan was lucky to win the toss at chennai where India lost 5 wickets for 25 . Then also india made 225 plus runs. But this pakistan side is so ordinary. No one can bat under pressure in their team. Poor selection for men of the series. In flat track it must be a young bowler like bhuvaneshwar kumar. Shame on pakistan for behaving so badly.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 6, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6 ->Lol Comparing Sachin with Ajmal..Sachin is there in the team..Its been decades that Sachin is scoring Centuries & Indian team is losing in most of those matches.It's only Ajmal first match of the criteria that you just spoke of & you started comparing him with Sachin..Sigh!!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 6, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

@SaadRocx ->Flat track? Dude i am a Pakistani but i cannot agree with you here..The conditions were not suitable or batting..Did you see how the ball was swinging in the early overs of Kumar & Ahmed?It's a good thing that we even survived those overs.Or thank God that we did not get bundle up on less than 100 runs.It was not a flat track.Conditions were like hell for the batsmen

Posted by Eclipse0990 on (January 6, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Finally there was an interesting one day game after long where bowlers dominated. There were a lot of positives from this tour for Pakistan, India and fans. Jamshed, Junaid (these two guys were a class apart..if Pakistan can keep them going, they will surely be a stubborn team to beat), Mohd Irfan (A fantastic display of controlled and aggressive bowling), Yuvraj (Finally looked in form in the last match), Raina and Dhoni (They actually tried to build partnerships in all 3 matches) and Jadeja(Stopped flow of runs from one end in both the matches). It was an absolute delight to have you guys here. We Indians would have loved it more had it been a test series. Anyway. This is a great start. And the cricket looked peaceful. Players were friendly on the field too apart from one moment that i know of. India vs Pak...its a contest which just makes the hearts go throbbing badly. I loved it. Thank You Pakistan. And thank you BCCI.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

@Haroon Kundi-Hey man,first of all,you people not able to chase a small target of 167 against us even a team like bangladesh or zimbabwe are better cricket teams then you guys.

Second-Your bowling is good,I agree but your batting and fielding is as pathetic as club level team.

Mind you,in this series, we only lost because of our batting but even in this form we could chase this small target.In southAfrica,I don't think you people can evem cross a 100 runs,in test or onedays and match will be ended in 3 days max.LOL

So improve your batting,because you should be good in at least two of the departments,Batting,Bowling and filedings.Today,INDIA was good in Bowling and fielding and you people only in bowling.

Improve,otherwise you people will take to the cleaners in SouthAfrica.LOL

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Best part was yuvi dancing around the ground, after losing the series yes!

Posted by NaduLal on (January 6, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Too little too late team India!!! CONGRATS to Pakistan. Nasir and Junaid should be the permanent fixture in all formats now. Younis Khan, Shoab Malik and Misbah should be transitioned out by the end of this year, if not ASAP.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

thats the beauty of Pak Ind cricket totally unpredictable.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

why is not saeed ajmal man of the match?????? just like when dhoni made 113 but lost so was today ajmal took 5 wickets but lost so really ajmal shud have been the man of the match!!!!!!!!!! dhoni only made 36 runs!!!!!! where as in the 1st odi nasir made 101 than he shud have been the man of the match!!!!!!!!!

Posted by babubhaiyya on (January 6, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

PLEASE guys have guts and learn to support your team even in loss . . . both india and pakistan . . . CONGRATS to INDIAN TEAM . . . BRILLIANT FIGHT BACK . . . . Pakistan needs to master the art of chasing small totals. Congrats Pakistan for winning the series.

Posted by Capt.Game on (January 6, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

1.1st Odi we lost due to umpiring errors and misfield ..if that umpiring errors hadn't happened no century for Jamshed and India took series 2-1 .. 2. Also some were fuming on Dhoni's MoM in 3rd odi .. there are instances in world cricket where the captain gets Mom for Captaincy ..i need them to study that. 3. Removing Dhoni of captaincy... are u joking .. whom do u make his substitute ? He is the better man not bcoz of his batting but by his methods . 4. Sacking coach is the better idea even vengsarkar complaints that coach doesnt contribute the selectors in picking player

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

player from loosing side has won many MOM awards... think before posting..

Posted by supacricfan on (January 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

india are the team in transition,only 3 players above 30..they will come back to winning position again,give them some time guys,this is expected after sachin,rahul,sourav,kumble,laxman retired!!but it was great to see some consolation victory and pakistanis made 167 look like 367 Lol,5 match series would have been better,india would have won 3-2!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

It's the revenge of the fallen !! What a great fight back !! Desperately needed a morale booster win !! Great cricket from both sides.A total paisa vasool #India #Pakistan match !! Without the likes of zak , bhajji , irfan , RP an exceptional stuff by Indian bowlers ! Shami Ahmed , B.Kumar the real finds for the team ! Brought the team into the game from no where !! Mission Accomplished Team India <Jai Ho>

Posted by ats78 on (January 6, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Saeed Ajmals top 4 bowling performances and pakistan end up losing in 3 , isnt that something and people talk about tendulkar,ehh..

Posted by ARFB on (January 6, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

An ideal ODI squad for Pakistan,especially against SA. 1)Hafeez 2)Jamshed 3)Misbah(so that he can complete his qouta of dot balls early in the innings where they can be afforded) 4)Azhar ali 5)Asad shafiq 6)Shoaib malik 7) K.AKmal(He is a good keeper but performs bad when we put too much pressure on him to bat well.He can't handle both keeping & batting pressure at a same time.I think he is uncomfortable with giving 100% in both batting & keeping. He is not among the likes of Gilchrist & Sangakara.You can either get good keeping from him or good batting.Still if some people want him to bat good then,"TAKE AWAY THE KEEPING CHARGE FROM HIM & PLAY HIM ONLY AS A BATSMAN", just like what South africans have done with AB Diviliers.In this way the keeping pressure will get off from him & his true batting class will unleash) 8)U.gul 9)Irfan/Wahab riaz 10)junaid khan 11)S.Ajmal

Posted by rsurya on (January 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Ishanth Sharma almost helped hafeez to win the match with his trademark offside easily hitable deliveries, but its was hafeez's bad luck, he thought too much to put away that delivery. Closely watch the 49th over of Ishanth its worthless penultimate over bowling. But in India we need stats, Ishanth has wickets in his belt so he bowled well and take him to the next series. Praveen kumar, B.Kumar, Irfan and V.Aaron/Umesh should be the bowlers to think of. Ishanth, Dinda, vinay, Mithun, patel are just name sake fast bowlers. Jadeja scored 2 triple centuries to get into the team as a regular spinner along with ashwin. Anyway Iam going to watch Mumbai Ranji matches only.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

everybody questioning dhoni's MoM...... why can't a MoM be given for captaincy, surely he did a fantastic job captaining a side defending paltry 167 with average indian bowling attack....... after d 1st inning, surely no one would've thought india winning this one...a captain should also be appreciated for his decisions, so was MSD !!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Saeed Ajmal had 5 for, Shami Ahmad had 4 maidens, mostly at death. Kumar was just beguiling and Dhoni gets man of the match.

Sounds to me there is strong rear guard action to save his captaincy. After all he is so involved in team selection and just really bad decisions that have cost India so many matches that have now turned into lost series which have now turned into series losing streaks. India will be better served to let him stay as a batsman-keeper but let someone else be the captain

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

This match looked like Pakistanis just gifted it to India to save Dhoni's captaincy. I mean what better evidence than how the Pakistanis just played on the defense without even running singles? And then the icing on the cake. Dhoni is declared man of the match! That's just an atrocity waged upon Saeed Ajmal's career best figures! I mean in the first ODI also Dhoni became the Man of the match even when India lost, and the last one too for a paltry 36. When Ajmal clearly had the best bowling figure

Posted by Stark62 on (January 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

I just want to say, I would like to retract my comments made about Misbah being dropped from the ODI side.

Misbah isn't the best ODI batsmen available but we'll just have to work around that negative aspect by dropping useless ODI players such as: Farhat, Malik (should play T20's only), Younis, Azhar, Riaz and Anwar Ali (very average compared to other high class bowlers).

Misbah's captaincy is vital to Pak's success in ODI's!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

When you play out with a denesive mindset, that's what happens. Pakistan gave away an almost won match, what a shame.

Posted by AbdullahShah on (January 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Well now that the love has been restored, can pakistan axe misbah abd fakmals?? MOM Dhoni?? i mean where are the standards?? With no disrespect to DHoni, but why dhoni??what has he done?? Ajmal took 5 wickets!!! and everyone can see that it was a gift from pakistan, can this fixing be finished from this beautiful game??!!!

Posted by GoIndiaGooo on (January 6, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Come on guys!! I think everybody would agree that Dhoni did not deserve the MOM. Not sure why the blame should fall on the India people. Its not like we voted on a poll or anything. I dont see any pak fans appreciating Nasir"s nomination for Man of series. Pakistan are deserving series champions and were far better than India. Also appreciate Misbah giving credit to Indian bowlers. I dont ever see Dhoni giving credit to opposition for loss. He is always ready with a lecture on what his players should have done.. Blah blah.. Anyway series was good and hopefully have 1 again soon.. I can already see England smacking their lips !!!

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 6, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@ getsetgopk - LOL ! Although you guys have won the series but still why can't you digest India's today's win ? And wht about the celebration thingy ? We won from losing position and we deserve to celebrate (you may call it stupidity) the way we want. U better, worry abt ur batsmen (except Jamshed) who can't play swing bowling of even medium-pacers like B Kumar and Shami Ahmad.

Posted by hamza893 on (January 6, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

So finally a thrilling series ends.This series was a wake up call for indians.The way they batted all over was truly unpredictable but hats off to Pak bowling.I mean the best bowling attack in the world right now.A span of seamers,swing bowlers and world class spinners but the batting had to cling on.One of the main reason behind the Indian win was a calm atmosphere in dressing room,we know that there is a clash btw dhoni and sehwag,so it was good to drop sehwag as he is not in form nowadays.

Now as Pakistan had a safe tour of India,its time that India should also come to Pakistan as it will support Asian cricket.Asian countries have to take step for revival of cricket in Pakistan now and i think India will be the country who will do so or may be SriLanka.Remember when there was no Cricket in SriLnka ,India and Pakistan supported the cricket there because until or unless Asian block isn't supporting you how ould other teams come here.So i hope thre would me more PAK - IND series ahead

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Pakistan deserved to lose the moment they chose Umer Akmal over a promising young talent of Harris Sohail. Umer Akmal did everything in his capacity to throw the flood gates open, not once but twice and the second time, he succeeded indeed. First time, he played a shot which went in air and fell in no man's lands when three fielders converged. Second time he casually walked out of his crease giving everything he could possibly give to India, his wicket. Umer Akmal knew that he along with the other batsman is the last recognized batting pair yet, like always, he was too reckless to stay on crease when the required run-rate was well below 6. I do not know why Haris Sohail was not given a chance. Young players always add zeal and energy in the team. At the start Younis threw away his wicket by attacking Kumar when the ball was new and was seaming and swinging. He should have seen off the new ball but he was in hurry.The poor lbw decision of Malik saved India from whitewash.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 6, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

Well played India. Despite it being a dead rubber , Pakistan would dearly have loved the whitewash. We (England) have the India series starting soon and could be in huge trouble if our side performs as well as it did today

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 6, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

LOL. I can't beileve some of the fans out here are saying that Ajmal should be given the MoM. guys, he might have picked 5 wickets but see who those batsmen were - Ishant Sharma, Bhuwneshwar Kumar, R. Jadeja and Ashwin - hahaha 4 bowlers. Only raina was the batsman whom Ajmal got.

MoM to Ajmal ? for getting bowlers out ?

Although, I'm not Jadeja's fan but today he deserved MoM award for all-round contribution - wonderful bowling spell of 10-2-19-1 and good contribution from bat too 27 runs.

Posted by Natesan333 on (January 6, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Its sad to see some comments from the pak fans already blaming some conspiracy from BCCI. So when pak wins its their skills and if they lose it is because of conspiracy?!! what a small sad world they live in.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

I don't agree. First match MoM was Dhoni definitely. But today's MoM was definitely Ajmal. Dhoni's performance in the first ODI was outstanding despite defeat. Ajmal's bowling today was outstanding despite defeat. Dhoni's biggest contribution today: gave away 10 runs in wide boundaries of Ashwin's bowling, apart from hitting 3 sixes of Hafeez's bowling and dropping a simple chance of Ravindra Jadeja's bowling.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

TODAY, Ajmal might have realized how bad Sachin Tendulkar must have felt when even after scoring 100, his team mates just lost the match on many occassions !

This is what happens in Cricket.

I think , I should say -

"Ajmal's 5-for and still pakistan lost ? Ajmal is surely a great bowler but NOT a match winner."

Anyone ??

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 6, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Even my college kids have better foot work than these pathetic pakistan batsmen. thank you india for opening our eyes...and more eyes will be open after the tour to SA. Thank You !

Posted by RajeevSingh127 on (January 6, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

India's batting was irritating as it has been lately :( but good bowling and excellent fielding have won India The Match.. And Im Happy For It.

Posted by tanoli82 on (January 6, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

@ProdigyA.... Man forget about MOM you guys were crying like babies because you guys wanted to kick dohni out of the indian team and now suddenly you started to change your mind lol... Well bro congrats I really appreciate because india defended really low total but dont forget you lost the series and guess what against Pakistan. Please we dont care about MOM let us win and take the MOM.... we will gift ya MOM.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (January 6, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

As usual complaining and whining by Pakistanis over MOM. Why not congratulate the winning team and go home?

Posted by shrastogi on (January 6, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

It was a match won by India due to their ground fielding though couple of catches and a run out was missed by and large Indians saved at least 20- 25 runs. Batting continues to be a worry. The difference between decent scores in recent times to capitulation has been the quiet time Kohli has had with bat. Both Gambhir and Rahane got out to poor strokes. Rahane's approach was disappointing. He shouldn't be looking to play extravagant strokes early. His job is to give decent starts on pitches which offer something. He can look at Dravid as role model. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is giving early breakthroughs but his test would come on flat tracks. He bowled impressively. Its good to see Ishant getting wickets and bowling better in one dayers. Shami Ahmed had a good debut but has a long way to go. Overall a good win but batting has to improve.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

More humiliation for Pak in the days to come....a 3-0 whitewash and innings defeats waiting for us in the tour to South Africa...it would be good for us in some ways that it will open pak fans eyes who support the likes of Misbah,Shoab malik etc. good for us,cant chase 160 on flat tracks,we expect nothing from you in SA. better play the 3rd grade BPL..and score tons there...CRICINFO PLZ PUBLISH !

Posted by Batmanindallas on (January 6, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Rohit sharma, Gambhir, Kohli and Yuvraj should be on notice....Sharma not sure he just keeps coming back like a bad coin....why not try saxena instead of Ashwin..looking at Ajmal Ashwin has not delivered a performance like that in a long time

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

The series has concluded and here's my analysis. Pakistan has out performed India in all departments except fielding in the last ODI. Indian batsmen are lacking the firepower they possess. This series was indeed full of surprises. I must say I was expecting India to win the series but exactly opposite has happened. I thought Pakistan will win the last ODI but that did not happen either. As a Pakistani, I am delighted with the outcome of the series. It gives me immense pleasure to see how Junaid Khan and Irfan conducted themselves against Indian batsmen. Junaid is just 23 but has already opened up cricket academy in Karachi. This speaks volumes of his hard work. Nasir Jamshed is a find of the decade for Pakistan. He absorbs pressure and converts his 50's into centuries. India definitely needs exciting young talent. Look at the difference Kumar and Shami have made in the Indian team. Maybe its time they should look for young batting talent as well. All in all great series for Pakistan.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (January 6, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Dhoni deserved Man of Series award because he got two MOM awards. I think it was wrongfully given to Pakistani.

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (January 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Iam not sure who exactly decides the MOM award, but we have seen this before also in India. Earlier the award seem to invariably go to Sachin even though there might be others who would have done better. Now Dhoni seems to have taken up that mantle. I am an Indian, but I seriously seriously think Ajmal should have got it today. It was mesmerizing and brilliant bowling from the offie. If only there were test matches between India & Pak, we could have gotten to see more of this master spinner...

Posted by Hiraj on (January 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Very well done Team Pakistan <3. Why dhoni was given MOM???? What about the Saeed Ajmal's spell 5-24? wasn't it enough to grab the MOM? lol

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Well congrates to PAK. close win for India.Actions predicts nature, I must say that India is very conservative they snatch two MOM. Any way it was good series to watch GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN FOR SOUTH AFRICA TOUR

Posted by kc69 on (January 6, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

I believe its an excellent finish for an amazing series,Well India got to learn a lot from the series(Cannot mention in this comment) on the other hand Pakistan needs to realize that their batting is hugely dependent on Jamshed and Hafeez(Openers) if they fail we can see a huge collapse.Because for Pak(Especially Batsmen) a tour to SA will be tough as you will be facing the best bowling in the world.For India this should give some confidence for Eng ODI's.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

it only happnd in india.a losing side hv a MOM and now a captain is a MOM.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 6, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

haq33: If it wasn't for a bad day for Pak batsmen in the field, we would not have been enjoying this stupidity/celebration from the India fans!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

All i wanna say 1)still doubt about indian batting line up.They are forgetting the main essence 2)In bowler we trust-We badly need a bowler 3)Middle order are just feeling like DIE HARD.It's not their main action in the field 4)Our batsmen need to study a special god gifted bowler - Junaid Khan. His swings are outstanding and can't be predicted at the time.Actually he too don't know at what times he makes extreme swings. 5)Fans we dont have to dump them in with our sarcastic feelinggs if our team loose.Actually we dont have the right to make more feel about what they have done in the series.We need to point in such a way, they will guide themselves upon our action. 6)Yes, I being still a fan of Indian Army(team) never lost in loosing hope.I hope u follow the same. I am waiting for an excellent series a head with England.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

it isn't today only , Indians have never shown a true sportsman spirit . Never mind Ajmal deserved all praise and true MOM. Again c at umer akmal . U never ever trust him even for a single run to win ......... still u call him a talent . True may be, but without upper storey .

Posted by AvidCricFan on (January 6, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. While the Pakistani bowling is better than India's, I believe the Indian batsmen made it look much better than what it is. Only Ajmal is a class bowler. Other are just above average. Ishant Sharma showed some improvements on the Indian side. B Kumar should be used only where condition suits his style. He could be taken to cleaner on flat tracks.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Dhoni MOM?? Really?? Stupid decision.

Great game though! Super fight back from India. Thats what I want to see. No more meek losses please. Don't mind losing as long we fight hard.

@ Zaheer Ahman Bajwa, Please dont taint the game by making allegations. The team that plays better on the given day usually wins (unless of course you are man u, and have a manager called Sir Alex Ferguson). Pak were way better in both the previous matches and deserved to win, and today India bowled brilliantly.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

shame on indians, as mom was deserved by ajmal. in 1st odi, if u remember, junaid and nasir jamshed were the deserving candidates but they gave it to dhony and 2day again merit ws disgusted. but dnt wory, pakistanis has given such danda, indian wil remember it. they r proudies. hats off 2 pakistanis. u shattered them

Posted by Nampally on (January 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

I was scoffed profusely by 2 pakistani fans when I said India has a chance to win if they get the openers out early. Indian bowling was Pooh-poohed & its batting rediculed. I was so glad to see Indian bowling dismissing Pakistan for 157. We the fans have been asking for Dinda to be replaced with Shami & I have been pushing for Pujara & Nadeem. However the Selectors have finally got some sense by including Pujara but Nadeem is still not in the squad. Hopefully both these guys show their mettle in the Ranji Quarter Finals. Today's victory was team effort & fine effort by the Indian bowlers. Ashwin needs to do better than bowling wides when he is the main spinner. Indian fielding was good but for the dropped catch by Rahane off Hafeez. If the Indian bowlers stick to their task like they did today they have a good chance of being competitive vs. England in ODI's. Pujara coming in at #3 will protect Kohli against seamers. Kohli should bat #5 as he is weak against seamers. Well Done India!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

MOM should have been give saeed Ajmal, truly biased decesion ,No matter wha Indians are always unfair .!!! also if shahid afarid was in the match pak wud have won iT!!

Posted by PakCricSpin on (January 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

This match looked like Pakistanis just gifted it to India to save Dhoni's captaincy. I mean what better evidence than how the Pakistanis just played on the defense without even running singles? And then the icing on the cake. Dhoni is declared man of the match! That's just an atrocity waged upon Saeed Ajmal's career best figures! I mean in the first ODI also Dhoni became the Man of the match even when India lost, and the last one too for a paltry 36. When Ajmal clearly had the best bowling figures.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 6, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

@fahad - ha ha Misbah for MOM for his strike rate of 40+. Yes he truly deserved the MOM. For ajmal, sorry chucks not allowed.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Come on , everybody deserves a come back....Pakistani team was performing so badly in last couple of years and corruption was up to their noses...still you can see Pakistani Team playing....you have your chances...no doubt you guys won as you played well...it doesn't mean India cannot celebrate. This is best of all wins.

Posted by abs.liton on (January 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

again MOM to Dhoni !!! Ajmal deserved it. Whatever, I really enjoyed two fast bowlers of Pakistan. Especially Junaid is awesome. He reminds me Wasim Akram.

Posted by rajat-column on (January 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Dhoni was given MoM not only for his 36 but also for his excellent captaincy and also one fact which everyone is missing that he injured Hafeez which had a huge impact on the match.

Posted by Malti65 on (January 6, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Suddenly i feel India is throwing up a lot of talent in the bowling department but the ever flowing pool of batsmen does not seem to be doing the same.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 6, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Ok so now the MOM is more important than a humiliating defeat. Pak should worry more that they could chase 160 rather than cry about MOM.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Why is it that i feel there was something wrong with the game? It was as if Pakistan didn't want to win. For instance.. the way Hafeez was batting, he didnt look like scoring any runs and all he was doing was giving strike to Umar Gul.. even when Gul got out he didnt even cross so that he could take the strike.. And then all of a sudden he smashed a couple of boundaries to Ishant sharma to make the script more interesting! I don't knw.. people need to carefully monitor India-Pakistan encounters. And what if the cricketing boards are involved in fixing matches? Who monitors them? I hope i'm wrong but it's hard not to believe in the beauty of the script!

If everything has gone as 'planned', i expect a Pak-India series this summer!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Atleast, Pakistan has proved that whatever the situation, attack on SriLankan team to deny Home ground cricket, denial of IPL to Pak players, Pressure on BCB for not visiting Pakistan, Media , Umpiring etc .they are a formidable force in World Cricket.Natural Talent of fast bowling, the second deadlier weapon after Nukes, has destroyed Indian Batting like house of cards.Bravo Pak team, no issue if Dhoni got two MOMs which you deserved. Stand up for the champions.

Posted by Malti65 on (January 6, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

On the Indian side Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit were expected to perform better alteast in the home grounds.

Another important series is comming up against England. They too have a good bowling attack backed by some good fielding.

Hope Team India performs well againt England.

Posted by umbuly on (January 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

I wish India had lost this match too.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Congrats India anyway your feilding was outstanding today. I am glad overhyped Jadeja, Raina, Gambhir will contimue to play. and captiain dhoni is spared by media and give excuse to the board to retain him. Pak should think seriously about Akmal brother's future. I dont get it really why Hafeez was demoted. The way he was batting it seems that he was not injured at all. For pakistan, loosing is good idea since if it was a whitewash then current batting lineup would have been a permanent feature for SA tour. from a pak fan

Posted by Malti65 on (January 6, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

On the otherside Pakistan is facing a similer dilema.

37 year old Misbah, 35 yr old Younis are no longer fit for this fomat of the game. The Akmal brothers continue to disapoint with the bat. Far too many chances for the Pakistani team building process.

I think they should be prepared to face the axe. After all Misbah & Younis are not expected to play the 2015 World Cup on age alone. And the Akmal brothers are not expected to go the distance on form.

Posted by LahoriLion009 on (January 6, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@ Ch Rashid Mehmood and @ Nigah totally agree with you....anyone with little sense can tell you who WON this match for india

Posted by mazii on (January 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Dhoni should have appreciated Pakistan over the series win. He is the most sophisticatedly arrogant captain of all times. Never appreciate other team. Indians lost this series just because Pakistan bowlers were brilliant and Indian most run getter, Virat Kohli, should play some cricket in England against good swing bowlers If he wants to score runs against Junaid khan. It has been proved that on the better bowling friendly pitches, India will be beaten 8 out of 10 times. Jamshed, only, can't solve all Pakistan batting woes.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

why Rohit Sharma is still in the squad. India didnt win this match but pakis lost it deliberately. PCB must have got some undertable amount. Pak is a great talent with less salary packages. wish they were playing in IPL, would hav been interesting to see. I still remember mohammad amit who killed eng and aus attack. such a waste of talent by pak. one more question, why saqlain mushtaq is nt playing. he still has best average in ODIs in world. 7 yrs he didnt play ODI. Last test was vs ind where sehwag scored 309 but sehwag was lucky when his catches were dropped. pak has themselves to be blamed for their waste of talent

Posted by VJGS on (January 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Don't forget that MoM was given to Dhoni also for captaining, taking his 200th ODI catch, stumping and a run out - an all round performance by a Wicket-Keeper Batsman

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Every body talking about the 36 but not about his captaincy... think it's just 167, and depend on it... you need some magic... and i think he was the magician... btw well played Pakistan.

rj firoz

Posted by Malti65 on (January 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Finally India won the match which looked most unlikely looking at the modest target they had set for the inform Pakistani team. Big CONGRATULATIONS to the otherwise under-rated indian bowling attack backed-up by some spirited fielding.

As far Sehwag is concerned, his future looks bleek to what what was other-wise an illustrous carrer. Sehwag had dominated some of the worlds best bowling attacks for more that a decade. Also it is high time that Gambhir gets his act together, otherwise he may soon follow Sehwag. Virat has been a worrying point through out this series, but I think this will be only a temporary patch which all great batsman can go into at some stage of his career.

I think Indian cricket is in a transition phase. Soon team India will have to rebuild around some younsters like Virat, Rohit, Ajinkya & Pujara.

Young bowlers Bhuvaneshwar & Shami impressed a lot. Hope they continue like this. Ishant has also shown signs of improvement after a long time.

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Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

wining and losing is part of game but india should fair in term of giving others MOM.truly saeed ajmal deserve it.

Posted by BBrianBlair on (January 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Yay, Pakistan wins an ODI series Yay.. they're best in the world.. yay, hurray..

Who Cares ?

Posted by rosh280 on (January 6, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

It is again a splendid performance by the bowlers, new young fast bowling triggered by passion in every ball. I was really impressed the way bhuvanesh kumar and shami ahmed bowled today. In one of the interview i heard sourav ganguli says you should not go with ranji records. you can not count parthiv patel, c m gowtham, v a jagadeesh, sandeep sharma, iswar pandey. It is the quality matters it is really quality matter.Murali vijay and abhinav mukund showed it in all india A match and other matches against mighty team like west indies and today against england eleven they had almost all the main players in the side. one thing i could notice is that jalaj saxena and sreesanth really bowled well. good solid batting stand by murali vijay and abhinav mukund. we cant avoid renji performances and other matches we should give international exposure to all these deserved players like mandeep singh, ashok, sarul kanwar, c m gowtham, jagadeesh, manish pandey, rahul dewan, rishi dewan.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

Well done to India for just being able to win a inconsequential match and avoiding a white-wash. Pakistan won the series and completely exposed the Indian batsman's during the tour. India consistently got out cheaply by a young Pakistani bowling side. Both teams deserve praise for a exciting series.

Posted by javed__iqbal on (January 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

i think we should not blame MIsbah as a captain or batsman, when he got out still about sixteen overs were remaining with just 54 runs to get , and believe me he played his role to bring team near to victory and captain is not the only man in team , others should have played out to bring victory so its failure of team not of MISBAH.... anyhow congratulate pakistan on series win in situation when pakistan national cricket is suffering because of lack of international events there .. Bravo pakistan team.. javed

Posted by AVM3 on (January 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

@Divinetouch: Aussies won it 4 times....87,99,03 n 07.Don't predict if u don't know history.Hopefully BCCI will decide who should win in 2015 Ind or Pak.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

LOL!! Gavaskar wanted to get rid of Dhoni and make Kohli captain of ODI team. Dhoni is the only batsman standing up to excellent Pakistan bowling. India won because of Dhoni's batting, excellent fielding, and tight bowling. This regionalism is killing Indian cricket. Dropping Sehwag was a good move - it didn't help the batting, but it improved fielding and destroyed the negativity created by factionalism.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

so MOM award will change his scores or avg? That was a poor and biased decision on India's part.. Ajmal truly deserved it.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

Misbah scored 39 Dhoni scored 36 Ajmal took 5-24 Then who is Man of the match ? Sorry to say, there is no good reason at all for giving Dhoni as man of the match. Ajmal took 5 wickets. Now this shows Indians have no sportsman spirit! So lame of them whoever made this decision..!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Come on, As an indian i oppose MOM given to dhoni,Ajmal was 100% deserving and in first match junaid khan was deserving.. or if the MOM selectors desperately wanted to give it to an Indian they could have choosen Ravindra jadeja, but this MOM belongs to Ajmal, No doubt

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

Boss dhoni was given MoM not only for his 36, But for his way of leading the team in the match..This was said by Ravi.., and we have seen occasions were captains getting MoM

Posted by guitarboy on (January 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

It is only pakistan who could conjure up such a performance!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

The way Pakistan team approached this game, a get able target made to look difficult, I wonder if behind the closed doors some negotiations took place between two boards .?. Just to ease the pressure on BCCI, PCB to be compensated in some other form?

Posted by matchfixerpkn. on (January 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

My god look at the comments by some Indian fans. They are talking as if India won the ODI series. Today too DRS would have made a difference. Malik was so unlucky with his LBW decision. We lost today very narrowly but won the 1st and 2nd ODI by a convincing margin. Fact is that Pakistan has beaten India in tests and ODIs more than India beating Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Being happy for getting a meaningless consolation win but not losing the series eh Indian fans? Carry one. Indian batting line-up failed during this tour and were exposed by the young Pakistani bowlers. Pakistan won the series, which they were expected to loose. Well done to both teams anyway. Exciting cricket.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

india won the last match struggling,pakis shouldn't be complaining about umpires decision,after all they got many favorable decisions also in the series,india blundered by not including irfan pathan,giving pakis a taste of left arm swing,changes required for india gambhir,sehwag dinda ,rohit and ishant out,mukund,vijay,dhawan,pujara,ashok menaria/rayudu,sreeshant /sandeep warrior be included,aso standing outside the crease to counter the swinging ball to be practiced by indian batsmen

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Azhar Ali should have been there in the team instead of Umar Akmal. Akmal is not an ODI or test player, he's just good enough for T20 and thats it. Sick of all these self proclaimed 'experts' calling for Azhar Ali to be dropped. He's a batsman who can bat in challenging environments unlike Kamran and Umar who are just flat track bullies. The moment the ball moves a bit and they wont know where the stumps are. Having said that, Pak played brilliantly, behind the enemy lines, packed houses, Ravi shastri and Harsha's commentary and all that. Virat Kohli has emerged as Junaid Khan's bunny and Junaid also put to rest Sehwag's career so all in all a good series for Pak. Till next time India.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Two questions:

1. Something seems to have gone wrong with Kohli. It is not the same Kohli,... confident and scoring basket-full of runs. Anyone knows, what happened? Do we have a counselor in the support staff (like we used to have Paddy Upton, before)

2. Is Jalaj Saxena better than Ashwin? Their roles are similar. Is it not worth trying Jalaj in a few matches, giving rest to Ashwin. Then we may be able to get a better assessment. Jalaj did very well in West Indies too; with ball & bat! (Meanwhile, Ashwin can try to tone up his body and improve fitness, sharpen reflex, & running and catching skills. Then he will be even a greater asset. His habit of bowling at least one bad ball in every over should also be discarded)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

@ albert a celbration cant be designed or pre planned.... Its a hard fought win..... India or australia or any of the top nations would celebrate in the same way ...... Just that reason u can not take the country to associate level

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Dhoni was given the MoM so that he could maintain his captaincy. There is a lot of internal BCCI turmoil around pro-Dhoni and against-Dhoni camps so this was necessary to back the pro-Dhoni camp. India won due to poor display from Pakistan and good fielding and tight bowling.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Funniest moment, a player getting Man of the Match award for scoring just 36 runs.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

This may sound cold and maybe even cynical but I feel that a loss may have done more good for India than this win in an inconsequential match.

A whitewash would have been embarrassing for the team and quite honestly would have been a fitting finish for the quality of play (or rather a lack of it) they have displayed over the last 18 months. A major shakeup and demand for accountability would serve the team immeasurably more when it really matters in the future. I fear that this victory will serve to paper over the serious cracks and at the start of the next series in matches that REALLY MATTER, we'll be back to square one.

Besides it was somewhat embarrassing to see a team which was so good not so long ago celebrate a dead match in a way that would have made you think this was a series deciding match.

Better to lose when it does not matter that much than when it costs you heavily. Failure is the best teacher but you want to buy her lessons when they are somewhat discounted.

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Congrats India on your win.

Continue your plan for the next world cup to become only the second cricket team to win the cup three times. Remember you are the only team to win the cup away and at home. You have the capability.

I know as professionals you would not concern yourselves with the naysayers on this forum. Let those who have never won the world cup continue to languish in the doldrums.

West Indies vs India in the next world cup finals.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (January 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Congrats to both IND & PAK fans for killing each other........Surely PAK was the better team to win the series......Try to get some fun as much as possible....Coz South Africa tour is coming towards you guys.....Save some energy to digest all the humiliations.....and what would i say to our IND fans......Enjoy the day and hope for the BESt as ENG is coming to IND for ODIs.....You got 50-50 chance to win the series.....By the way dont you think this is time you must invite BAN for their first tour to IND for TESTs and ODIs......Who knows you might get some records to be improved????Or you are as scared as rest of the world that WE (BAN) are going to beat you at your own soil......Waiting for the reply.....ROAR TIGERS ROAR>>>>>

Posted by haseeb72 on (January 6, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

I am agreed with Albert_cambell ! It was really a surprising moment for me also

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Junaid khan,Mohmad irfan pakistan again finding great bowlers..I dont know why pak giving chance to younus and akmal..They should have tried Azhar Ali..Pakistan attack is the most completed attack in the world and is ahead of SA attack..From India's perspective, it was bhuvaneshwar kumar..Lovely swinging spells, exciting to watch.. About JAdeja , I'm not sure.. He should bat well, but he hasnt batted well.. and for Rohit, forget about him,He is in the league of Kapugedara,Bopara, I thought selectors would drop him for Eng series but still they continued..With new rules comming into picture it has given bowlers a fair chance..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

well played pakistan .. still their batting remains a bit of a worry .. ajmal along with gul junaid and irfan form a very good attack .. yup . we lost the series but a big +ve is b kumar and shami ahmed.. for a change .. our bowlers did well and our batsmen let us down big time ..... a good year and an ordinary team followers start commenting on" ind-pak " series..

Posted by bangash5555 on (January 6, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Man of the Match Dhoni?? for what, in last ODI Dhoni was ordinary, such a shame, feel so sorry, what happen to spirit of cricket in India

Posted by agent001 on (January 6, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Well done India defending 167 runs and preventing a whitewash. Pakistan as usual snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in which Mr tuk tuk (Misbah) played a good five days test innings only to put pressure on the later batsmen. Poor strategy on part of Misbah, who must now "retire" from ODIs.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 6, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

In the end Pakistan won the series so congrats to them...@Akshaythekaxk...Its a dead and meaningless tournament anyway, you team is in a transition. When is overrated Unmukt Chand going to get his chance?

Posted by MS94 on (January 6, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

What an awful game by Pakistan. 167 is such a low score to chase. I realize they were trying to play it slow and steady, but losing that match is horrible and shows that the Pakistan batting side is still weak.

Kamran Akmal should be fired. On multiple occasions we have seen him getting 0 runs, yet he still returns to the team.

Hafeez can't end a game. He's a great opener once he gets comfortable but I don't think he can deal with the pressure especially at the end of a game when big shots are required.

Nasir Jamshed couldn't score runs without a good partner which is usually Hafeez. Once these two get comfortable, they build a very good partnership especially against India but unfortunately today, he couldn't get a decent partner until Misbah came but together both Misbah and Nasir decided to play very slowly.

And why did Dhoni get the man of the match award? Ajmal clearly deserved it!

Posted by hear_the_roar on (January 6, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

i think the excitement about the match between IND and PAk has gone....i think time has been changed...BD vs. PAk match will spread out the fire what ind vs. pak match did! what do u think pak brothrs??????

Posted by Prakmca on (January 6, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Does any deserves MOM for picking 1 top order and 4 lower order batsman????

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 6, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Even if you add the population of all the other countries full members, still nowhere near India and India are an average team even after playing Cricket for almost a 100 years :)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

and just as i was commenting and being concerned, news comes in that india retains rohit sharma, gambhir and the likes! I mean, u giv india a sneaky win , a great escape win, one win in ten losses, AND thats enough! thats enough to continue with almost the same team! Jeez just as i suspected and just as i thot! This is the reason i wanted a 3-0 loss. But the way its going, even that wouldnt open our think tanks eyes! Really disappointed! i mean is sehwag the only omission required?, is our team that good! that only one change in the batting department is needed!? Yuk, one measly victory and go back to the same team!hate my system. Im so angry at you pakistan!, u shudnt have slipped!. England wud be licking their lips now :( and im sure theyll add to the bubble by saying ohh india is great and have a laugh when we get carried away and lose :(.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

As an Indian fan i am not that much depressed by my team lost the series because of

1 The opposit team bowlers bowled very well especially Junaid and they got a solid opener in Nasir Jamshed and they always producing batsman like nasir who score heavy against India like Saeed Anwar and Salman Batt ( all three are left handers)

2. India got two very promising bowlers in B Kumar and Shami Ahmad

3. If India got the toss in Chennai, the end result should have been 2-1 to India Congrats Pakisthan

Posted by cheekamottai on (January 6, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

How come Pak after such a good position can crumble? I watched the match. Indians did not do anything extra. Really something!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Don't blame Pakistan for bad batting.... We were 11 men and you were 11 + 90,000 in the stands... You cant even play a ball in this situation if you were on the pitch... They were going well but then the crowd pressure overtook Pak team. Well done.. Pakistan ! I am proud of your performance ! And India, you have been given a treat by Pakistan at the end after such humiliation... Nothing to jump... Stay on your seats !!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Our England team will win the ODI series and put more humiliation on India till then, enjoy celebrating your series lost :D

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Shame on Indian batsmen. Our bowlers saved the match for us. We need to make some drastic changes to fix our batting. Please get rid of Gambhir and Sehwag. Bring in Mukund and Murli. They performed really well in India A vs England match. Also bring in Pujara and Jaffer to reinforce the top order. Also rest Kohli for a game or two - that should help fix his attitude problems.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (January 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Today is neither India's day nor Pakistan' batsmen, it's bowlers day. I am happy that finally we have turned the indian pitches into international standards. Also, showed the true colors of flat pitch bullies.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 6, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Its so funny to see Indian fans in the stadium and players celebrating a dead rubber game and still series lost like as if they have won a world cup. Pakistan don't have a billion people and still can beat you at your grounds :)

Posted by amcshaikh on (January 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

It is still time to get rid of some of the Indian batsmen and also to get rid of the coach Duncan Fletcher, who has not contributed anything towards improvement of our players' approach towards the game and we have losing since he took over. We always keep blaming the captain, who has given India so much to cherish as no captain has done it before but he is as good as his team - does he have any say in the team's composition? Bring in new blood and also new Indian coach - we have the talent if they don't get involved in politics and are given free hand, which usually we give to foreigners.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Smething to cherish after all defeats!!!!!! That's one of the tremondoust..outs :), fielding.. Not seen indian players do tat most often.. If it was a just a win, may be ajmal wud have been given MoM award, but this is not...

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

good effort by indian team and well captaincy by MS dhoni...match was opan for both team till the last over..after t20 series in this match i really enjoyed...i am quite happy with performance of pakistan team..we won the series and got the new talent which will be help coming next series against south Africa ..but MOM award for dhoni is unfair decision of BCCi..saeed ajmal was more deserved for MOM.....but any how its not too important..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

pakistan have poor batting line even third class,,how they will face the world class bowling at south africa,,,and surly will make the lowest score record there.

Posted by mazii on (January 6, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

BDforeevr... I seconded you bro....You said it all that everyone has in him/her. India was cheering like they won the series. And to my astonishment, some Indian fans are suggesting that Pakistan won with little margin and this was a humiliating defeat for Pakistan. First match was won by six wickets and the second was won by 85 runs. If those was close victories and the way Indian players cheered after winning the match was heart consoling. It was heart consoling to the fact that they, in their own home ground and in the match which won't effect the outcome of the series, some Indian fans and all Indian players are over reacting. Isn't it heartening to see them cheering like a series win triumph. On the other hand, most of my Indian brothers are reasonable here and these comments are not to offend them. Pakistan has played good cricket and deserve it. On the other hand, Pakistan need to strengthen Its middle order.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

India should announce tomorrow as the nation holiday for everyone, as they have won a cricket match after a long period.

Posted by MyOpinion4u on (January 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Congratulations India for a fighting win.

Does any one has in mind a more biased 'man of the match' award than this? Considering Dhoni as man of the match for Two ODI in this series, anyone can explain why he was not awarded MOM in 2nd ODI? I think his performance was better in 2nd ODI than this....

Posted by brusselslion on (January 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. Hopefully, before too much longer you will be back playing home Test series.

If it wasn't so sad, you'd be in fits of laughter at some of the Indian posters: Wins in matches where (1) the series is already lost and (2) in a warm-up match against a team running off its' New Year hangovers and suddenly everything is rosy again. Still, I suppose it's a good thing that some people are easily pleased.

Posted by Natraja on (January 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. They played excellent cricket and their team is emerging with a few very bright youngsters. Junaid and Jamshed are class apart. They will shine in future. In both games Pakistan won these two players played excellent. In third game Jamshed got out early (without completing his century) and Pakistan lost. So I will say these two players were the difference between two teams.

BTW I dont understand why pakistani fans are after Misbah. He seems to be Jadeja of India who will be always blamed. Its never good enough for fans. Misbah was trying to play responsible and keep the wicket so they can launch in later over. Similarly Jadeja was a THIRD highest scorer for India and bowled excellent overs 10 for just 19 and got an important wicket of Umar, His bowling was responsible for choking pakistani batting and applying pressure on them. But fans are still after his head. Unbelievable how a few players will never win the heart of fans.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Pakistan need an attacking batsmen at the top. They too many slow scorers at the top Misbah,hafeez,younis. I think malik should have batted at No.3. I have seen him scoring quite a few 100s against india when he was batting at that position.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Asghar masood said pakistan will look at their batting after this defeat. On the other hand, I am afraid India will not look at their horrible horrible batting with this win.I cant believe pakistan let go of this match after having it in the bag till the last few overs. Disgusted with indias batting, again barring that ranchi man! indian friends wud say pakistan also collapsed , but we have been doing it consistently my friends! Jeez! though i appreciate good performance on all pitches, these kind of pitch practise is like a glass of cold water in the desert for indians. pakistan always has a lot of practise, lot of victories on these pitches, esp nowadays! its us who have to start rebuilding! Loved the slow painful return of some indian good bowling (for a change!,dont know if its a flash in the pan!) Pakistan on the whole, well played, and also one big knock on ur head for losing this! As much as im proud of dhoni in odi, pak shud b more proud of hafeez in tests, odi and t20s!

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

man of the match to dhoni, what a joke bcci cmon show some spirit atleast !

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

FYI dhoni was given MoM for his captaincy, maneuvering his fielders and bowlers... and not just for his 36 runs........his planning and approach for putting the team together and defending 167 was really worth of appreciation !!!!!...... the turning point was misbah's wicket, with a leg slip plan working... really, how many times do you see a leg slip come into play in ODI's !!

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (January 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Pakistan came under pressure to lose a good game. Good bowling performance by india and shami ahmed looks good prospect. Bhuvneshwar does well when the pitch supports swing in the air.His bowling in death overs does not look all good. In rahane,kohli,jadeja,raina,yuvraj india have a good fielding lineup and they did very well today. Ashwin and fast bowlers need to get fitter and try to do well in fielding as well. Indian bowling lineup is still to be tested against a good batting line up with no extra pressure of " we must win against india" that pakistan has. Batting could well come good cause pakistan bowling are clearly the best among the lots in the world at the moment and they outdid our already under-performing batsmen. As far as MOM goes, I expected saeed ajmal to take it. And if not him even jadeja could have had it for 10 overs 1/19 and 27 odd runs. But dhoni was a surprise pick, aint no doubt about that.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

It is funny to read comments after the India's batting failure.,, @Cricket Man: Hilarious man., I want to see your face after the thrill win., Mind it mate Pak and SA have superior bowling attack in the world. Our batting order failed against them is not like anyone can beat India.

Posted by Akshaythekaxk on (January 6, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

@BDforever ofcourse u are finding this hilarious since your team can never prevent a whitewash.And don't now start crying about the match in Asia cup, just concenctrate on Champions Trophy! Oh sorry, you are not even eligible!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Why? Why are Akmals, Younus Khan, Shoaib Malik, and Afridi and Tanvir still in team?

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 6, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

The way the indian players celebrated this win over pakistan on the ground reminded me irelands win over pakistan in the world cup. Their fans also doing the same. No wonder indians are celebrating, they have been declining to associate level and soon or later they will become an associate nation.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

The way the indian players celebrated this win over pakistan on the ground reminded me irelands win over pakistan in the world cup. Their fans also doing the same. No wonder indians are celebrating, they have been declining to associate level and soon or later they will become an associate nation.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Any Way Well Done India!!

This is the way how bilateral series are controlled by cricket boards' higher officials alongwith ICC. For this you have a grip on match to dictate terms and then you can loss.

For the reason Pakistan has Malik, Akmal Brothers, Hafiz, Yunus, Misbah, Gul; and they were afraid of Afridi and Razzaq as they were not sellers so they thwow them out.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Prevent whitewash, yep, India did well to get a consolation win. lol. An inexperienced Pakistani team consistently bowled the Indian batting line-up cheaply and beat them at their own home. Well done lads.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

More than India won the match with the ball it was Pakistan who lost the plot with the bat..Eventually Indian bowler got wickets but was shocked to see there was not even one yorker tried by Indian bowlers even when the tailenders were batting..Shami Ahmad might be have not given runs but he just bowled an average spell and when Mohamed irfan was batting he could have bowled a straight yorker and finished the match still he was bowling length balls outside off ufff...

India has to fill the team with youngsters and get prepare for the WC2015 and should forget the fact the era of sachin,dravid is gone..Should groom a bunch of 7-8 quicks and 3-4 spinners along with 15 batsmen...

Posted by Romenevans on (January 6, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

It was "Ajinkya Rahane" who dived first and saved couple of brilliant fours and that brought the energy on the field. This lil lad is outstanding on the field.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Dhoni getting the MOM award is embarrassing for fair play. Anyway, Pakistani batsman's deserve criticism but also look at how cheaply Indian batsman's got out this match, also in other matches. These batsman's are suppose to be world class. Winning in India is not an easy feat and Pakistan did well to win the series. Pakistani bowlers have shown how weak Indian batting really is during the tour. Well done.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Bullshit :@ Dhoni man of the match with 36 runs on 77 ball,, not Ajmal who got 5 wickets.. Don't forget 1st ODI in which Dhoni was given Man of the Match award regardless of Jamshed 100 :@

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

What a game of Cricket and well played India. Don't know about the MOTM award though. Clearly Ishant, Shami or Kumar should have received the award. One thing I don't understand about Dhoni is that he never congratulated Pakistan in today in winning the series or in the previous games that they have won.

This was a much needed series and would love to see these titans going at it again. Overall well done Pakistan, and respect to India!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Congratz to the Indian for saving their grace and atleast bowling well BUT most importantly congratz to Misbah and Co. for giving INDIA the match. Brilliant Misbah as always Tik Tookk all the way giving a nice catch to the fielder though he knew that a fielder was placed specificially for that moment. Also Umpire Billy Bowden gave wrong decisions of Nasir Jamshaid, Shoaib Malik wickets. All in all after the openers went it was a complete and utter letdown by whole rest of the team. We know that teams can lose, it's fine BUT losing the way we did demands Heavy critisims Also it seems throughout the series, Ishant Sharma can't his mouth shut constantly abusing Pak players i could literally tell the words he said to Hafeez in the late 2nd innings of today's match. SO, all in all Very dissapointing performance for Pakistan. Who gives a match away while chasing a total of 167. I agree Kumar, Shami and Ashwin Bowled really but the way we gave them wickets was easily evident. SHAME ON YOU PAK

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Thumbs up to Indian bowlers.. They out played the Pakistani batsmen.. But giving MOM award to Dhoni was just non sence, biased and injustice to the game of cricket.. Yes he scored 30+ plus runs and rotated his bowlers well but that never justifies his award.. Saeed Ajaml's 5 wickets was way more than that.. He should've been the man of the match.. I can just say SHAME to the jury who chose Dhoni. A die heart Pakistani!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Why in the world are Younus and Umar Akmal in team! They are utterly irresponsible!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Well done to Pakistan for winning the series. I remember, most people were stating how Pakistan were going to loose so on. India did well to get a consolation win. But I expect some Indian fans to react like they have won both the T20 and the ODI series, lol. Anyway, what happened to the Indian batsman's? They were easily dominated during this tour!! Lastly, as Cricket fans we should support our respective teams and enjoy the Cricket at display. Cheers.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

poor performance by pakistan batting but still we've the series! :)

Posted by hear_the_roar on (January 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

at last some exitement!!!! and good to see a team celebrating like this after saving their skin rather than winning the series!(BD)

Posted by omthapa on (January 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

pakistans' weakness lastly came out to be open not being able to chase such a target and the two win shows that dependance on a person.still a lots of changes as developments need for pak

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

How biased! At first match the gave man of the match award to Dhone despite Junaid's great bowling and Nasir Jamshed's match winning inning. and now when Ajmal's performance was way higher than any other, they gave man of the match to Dhoni! Shame!

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (January 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Well done India and congratulations Pakistan. There are lot of positives for both the teams -Firstly Pakistan: Junaid & Irfan and Hafeez & Ajmal , followed by Gul is a complete bowling attack any team needs. This lethal combination can trouble any batsman in any continent on any wicket. If only, their Batsmen can consistently compliment their bowlers, than Pakistan have the most balanced team in the world.

For India, Kumar and Ishant came good but remaining bowlers (Ashwin / Jadeja / 3rd seamer ) should compliment them. Its time to say goodbye to Gambir & Sehwag, and either Yuvraj / Raina should make way for a quality Allrounder. If one of yuvi or Raina can become a genuine bowler rather than part timer, that would balance the team perfectly.

Cricket badly needs healthy rivalry India v Pakistan and Australia v England) to play often to find gems like Junaid, Irfan and Kumar. Good luck to Pakistan for their SAF tour and India for their upcoming series with England. - Cheers

Posted by The_Mystery_Ball on (January 6, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

For all those saying Umar Akmal is a real find , this game serves as a testament to the fact that he is an arrogant person who does not want to correct his mistakes. He should be dropped permanently from the ODI team

Posted by BDforever on (January 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

I can't stop laughing when I saw some Indian mates' comments here. Some comments sound like India won the series. I've seen the same kind of comments from them every time their team failed. During a Tri-series in Australia recently India got knocked out & came home even before finals. Despite not being able to get selected to even finals I saw Indian mates commenting about India chasing Sri Lanka's 300+ score in 35+ overs and they pretended like that was the only match played in the tournament. Then during Asia cup India got knocked out again but despite that they only talked about India chasing Pakistan's 300+ total & pretended like it was the final of the tournament. And now after winning only the 3rd ODI against Pakistan despite the series loss even before the 3rd match some of Indian mates think that this is a humiliating defeat for Pakistan. I can understand when you lose every single series even a single match win gives you a big relief :D 'prevent whitewash' says everything lol

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (January 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Despite of all those massive stands I am sure most of you agree with me that FEROZ SHAH KOTLA is the most ugliest Stadium of India especially that TATA end .

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

why is dhoni getting the man of the match award i mean he played great in the series even in this match but his strike was 65 on the other hand jadeja had 27 runs and 1 wicket with economy rate of 1.90 and also ishant sharma who had 3 wickets and saaed ajmal who had 5 wickets ?

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (January 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Congrats. India ! A typical India/Pakistan battle of nerves. Terrific fight back from hopeless position achieved through accurate/controlled bowling and sparkling fielding. Umar Akmal's reckless shot (stumping) changed the game on its head and despite Hafeez's onslaught in end India prevailed (for a change).

Now Pakistan to prepare for the acid test - the South Africa tour !

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Pakistan went into the Lions Den and came out victorious, well done for 2-1 series win - I will say one thing though, dont try and fix something when not broke, there was no need to bring in Umar Akmal for Azhar Ali, I'm quite confident that this match would have been won with his temprement in this match. India celebrated like winning the series, I feel embarrassed.

Posted by Bilal94 on (January 6, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

This match proved nothing new.Pakistan have a great bowling side but their ODI batting is worst than Bangladesh or should I say Newzealand.Jamshed's brilliancehid this weakness in the first two matches.Azhar,Misbah and Younis are test batsman.Umar Akmal has the temperament of T20s only while Shohaib Malik is a flat track bully just like his brother in laws.So they really need to improve their battin befor SA otherwise. The Scoreboard will be something like this: SA 205 allout,Pak in reply 135allout.The bowling like always do its bit but batting will always continu ti undo their good work.

Posted by AHFAD on (January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@@Aina Maria Waseem

We want Misbah's head even when Pakistan was winning. Try to understand he has no place as a player in ODI. So how can he be a captain then?. He is loosing his game as he gets older.

Also please don't remind us about his average. All lower order batsmen have good average because they play slow and they usually don't get out.

This is high time for Misbah to say good-by to ODI. He may play in Test as captain if he still got game.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Poor umpiring by Mr. Billy Bowden!

Posted by Stark62 on (January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

I've said this many times, kick out Farhat, Malik (T20's only), Younis, Azhar and not to forget, MISBAH from the ODI squad!!

Bring in Yasin, Fawad, Shezhad (make Hafeez or Nasir bat @ 3), SADAF, Hammad and possibly, Afridi.

Umar did the right thing by trying to finish the game off as soon as possible because Misbah had wasted so many deliveries.

Lastly, the way the presentation ceremony was going, I thought MS was going to be named Man of the Series.

Posted by NawaZiiii on (January 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

A great end to the series, Congrats India, Congrats Pakistan . . . And about the Man Of The Match issue, i think its more for Dhoni's captaincy than the runs, i think he deserved it, and Ajmal will always be a special bowler.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

great win for india.....i don't know how gambhir still finds a place in the indian team after poor performances.....ind bowlers did their job well throughout this series,ind lost this series only because of batsmen.....and to all those dhoni bashers,ind won this match only because of dhoni(the best odi player)....

Posted by wake_up_india on (January 6, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Savor the moment, India. Also, rejoice that through the recent humiliations we have found at least two new fast bowlers who can cause problems for the world's best batsmen. We need to rediscover spin bowling and batting, find a real captain who can tkink stretegically and boldly and, above all, cleanse BCCI of politics. That is probably the hardest challenge.

Posted by Akshaythekaxk on (January 6, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

All those who are questioning the MOM decision: Dhoni got the award because he captained the side very well and not just for his batting performance.

Posted by mazii on (January 6, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Now as I predicted here are some Indian beloved fans gsingh7..... Well come back dear... Where have you been during the whole series? I'm glad that Pakistan lost this match otherwise all the problems would remain undetected. On the other hand, this win will surely conceal Indian problems. So, blessing in disguise for Pakistan. Let's see weather India learn anything from this series loss or not. Pakistan batting has been exposed severely again and need some overhauling. On the other hand, Indian batting has shattered three times in a row; it will be interesting to see how they cope against England bowlers. World best batting line up failed four times in his series. I think India deserve this victory because they worked hard as a fielding unit. Pakistan needs to find some batsmen otherwise South African will win handsomely against Pakistan. Junaid khan is a phenomenal bowler. Best of luck India for the up coming series.

Posted by T-800 on (January 6, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Although India won THIS match, shameful performance by India's batting lineup namely Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli is responsible for the series loss. Time to show these three the door.

Posted by Natraja on (January 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

BCCI should do three things rightaway.

1. Sack Fletcher and his entire team of assistants. This guy alone brought team India from its Zenith to this Nadir since he joined as a coach.

2. Drop Sehwag, Ishant and Gambhir immediately. They are playing politics and sapping the moral of the team. Bring in Pujara and Unmukt Chand to open the innings. Pujara is a solid defence and chand a solid attacking player. Dhoni should come at number 3 no matter what. Let Raina and Yuvraj act as finishers. Buvneshwar, Shami, Umesh Yadav, Rituraj Singh, Varun Aron and Pankaj Singh should make the bowling department. Selector should also keep an eye on awana, sandeep sharma and harmeet singh for future.

3. Keep Rajiv Shukla and other politicians away from the BCCI. There should not be a place for politicians in cricket or any other games. Let professionals manage cricket. Team will become a good team again

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (January 6, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Good for Pakistan !! now they will work on improving their weaklinks and not good for Indian team for the future..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Dhoni man the match...??? :D Biased attitude twice in 3 matches.... its a shame

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Yet again, Pakistan failed under pressure after doing the hard work against an ordinary Indian team, who conquered on the day because they showed more passion to win the game. Strange tactics and pathetic performance by Misbah & Co, which in the world only a Pak team is capable of after a period of brilliance. On a positive note, well done to the boys for winning the series, well played Dhoni an outstanding player and captain, thoroughly enjoyed the contest -more India/Pak cricket please...!! CricInfo, please collect the votes and send the results to BCB & PCB...

Posted by alikhan224 on (January 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

@abcdef_12345...hahahaha....there is no use crying over split milk dude...keep crying till pakistan and india play again.

Posted by Prakmca on (January 6, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

At the presentation Dhoni said, Fielders and bowlers pulled of this victory. He montioned that Bhuvi Bowled and mentioned that Jadeja bowled really well (the time Jadeka bowled, Pak lsot 2 quick wickets). Any ordinary bowler can bowl well at that situation. But Dhoni didn't mention anything about Shami Ahmed who bowled reallly well on debut and looks more promising than Dinda. It's really bad, this youngster deserves a word of appreciation. Whenever Jadeja picks wicket, Dhoni never ever forget to appreciate him. backing a player is fine, have to think whether he deserves that or not.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

hmmm this judges looks like they don't have eyes they give man of the match too dhoni don't they see Ajmal.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

MOM award goes to Dhoni, what a joke. Even die hard Indian fans will feel that Ajmal deserved it more. Biased politics. Well done to India for getting a consolation win. Pakistan did well to beat India and win the ODI series. Well done.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

@bharat 85 .... Humiliating? Losing by 10 runs... Indian bowlers bowled well ... But the Pakistani batting was pretty bad chuck in a couple of bad decisions it all adds up

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 6, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

mom again Dohni you kidding me this is stupid this is not cricket its some thing else.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

@abcdef_12345. We also show the true colour of Indian batting line-up right throughout the series. lol. Well done to Pakistan for winning the series, which most expected them to loose. The match was exciting. Great to see the Pakistan bowlers completely shut out Indian batsman's right throughout the series. Well done to both teams.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

One of the worst decision by jury, Why Dhoni its the second time they did in same series, first with Nasir Jamshed and now this one. what a favoritism by them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Uzi-Khan on (January 6, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Fantastic series...great hospitality from Indian crowds.....very happy that Pakistan outplayed India in all departments except the occassional self implosion. I guess this series has made India realise that Pakistan is a force to be reckoned with. In all fairness the awards were a disgrace and all but reflect Sour grapes once more.... Junaid should've been given MOM for the 1st one dayer......And Dhoni for this match? Oh dear..pathetic....guess some things just never change...

Posted by Natraja on (January 6, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Pakistani Batsmen and Indian bowlers together have spoiled the party of anti Dhoni crowd. They are a bit shocked for the moment but will be back to chant "drop the batsman who has averaged 203 in this series", he is the root cause of Indian teams bad performances. His two MOM out of three matches were shame. Bring in Kohli who averaged less than 10 in the series but as Gavaskar said he can be a tiger pataudi ha ha ha ..

BTW on a serious note, dropping Sehwag has tremendous impact on team India they were energetic in the field and looked happy. Drop Gambhir and team India will regain their confidence.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

this pathetic display from Pakistan will be remembered more than the series win and they only have themselves to blame. well done to India who will take a lot of confidence from this win going into the series against England.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

A meaningless win, but a win nonetheless for India. Most people predicted Pakistan would loose both, the T20 and ODI series. But they have played well and completely dominated the Indian batsman's at their own backyard. As a Cricket fan, the series was exciting and I hope both teams keep playing each other. Kudos to both teams.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 6, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Gavaskar & Imran have gone public to accuse the IPL quite rightly as the reason for the India's poor performance . This is true for Sri Lanka's woes too.However it was Arjuna Ranatunga who predicted this debacle right at the start of IPL.If this is let unattended both India & Sri Lanka will go further down the hill specially in Test cricket. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by TheMP on (January 6, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

very good sprit shown by india ,which is lacking in last couple of series. Good attacking fielding shown...now that is called ..MSD

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

well played to indian in end. bowled well but more importantly fielding. they have surely saved 25 runs atleast. poor by pakistan. yes they deserved to win series but losing this match like this is not good. that shows that still it was not perfect by paksitan. they won on bowlers ... and batsmen just hanging in. but today batsmen failed and they lost.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

This probably best fielding unit india ever produced. Kohli , Raina were chettahs. Rahana , Gambhir slide to stop was perfect. Except brain implosition by ishant sharma at the end missing run out everything was happened on time. India kept pressure on continously. I though ashwin lacked too much run but he took two crucial wickets that turned the game. Misbah now lost T20 World cup , 50 over world cup and now this game with his poor batting.. Not sure why he is still the captain of pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Man of the Match Dhoni?? This is absolutely favoritism! Anyways beating India in India is something not small. The whole of Pakistan is proud for their Team Green who played superb cricket throughout the series and clinched it. Well done Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

indians, pls stay on ground, u r still humiliated, in hindi it wud be called begherti to celebrate this small win :)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

congratulation Pakistan for winning the series and they were dominate on Indian team in whole series.

Once again indian batting collapse who we think the most powerful batsman but they can just score against small team like Bangladesh.

pakistan need to improve batting too.

But we are happy we got excellent fast bowler like irfan and junaid and many are waiting for a chance.Hope they will get chance too like sadaf hussien.

Once Again Cheers up to whole pakistani team who play as a unit.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

o wat based dhoni got mof i mean if want to give mof for a winning team den is d first jamshed shud hav been mof . Strange Ajmal took 5/24 but still cant win mof as mof goes to dhoni who made 36.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

this win was in ur face for detractors of indian cricket,, like a pheonix rises from flames so does team blue rises above criticism, well done team india , 1.2 billion bleed blue

Posted by mogs on (January 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Great win by India.. Bun & cream for Imran Khan ... lol :-)

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

awwww misbah you let us down again. poor batting. seriously we need players with better technique in middle order. We will get whitewashed in SouthAfrica .MARK MY WORDS...

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Countless wanted Azhar Ali to be dropped and replaced by Umar Akmal. Well he has shown us once yet again why his namesake deserves to bat above him in the order. As for Azhar, I think we shouldn't even contemplate playing without him in future, especially in the absence of Asad Shafiq. I hope he furthers his credentials on the upcoming tough tour of South Africa. Apart from that, two things are a given in life 1) Misbah bashing 2) Death. So I am prepared to see our excellent captain getting criticized by armchair experts as usual. I am proud of Misbah and all he has done for our team, and one day long after he has retired, people WILL acknowledge it! An amazing display of bowling, followed by an even more spectacular collapse, is all in day's work for Pakistan really. The situation is ideal for an Andy Zaltzman classic.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

@Bharat85. Pakistan won the series and completely dominated the Indian batsman. The only team which was humiliated was India, especially the so called world class Indian batsman's. Kudos to both teams anyway.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

misbah ruined it for pakisan....he droped dhoni's catch in first one day and he scored a century.....today he was needed and he failed as usual.there was nothing special from indian bowlers....misbah made it easy for india

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Whats happening with the people who select MOM?.. Looks like MSD will be given MOM even if he scores a duck..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

this so called PROFESSOR and TUK-TUK Misbah ruined the hard work of PAK bowlers, not trying to take anything away from Indians but Indian bowling is no where near the Pak bowling, same like PAK batting is no where near Indian batting

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

lol @ bharat85, have some self respect mate, its u who is humiliated. pakistan still took the series and have everything to celebrate :) india's bowling attack performs once in a blue moon and it will be dead once the wickets are dead :) you may borrow some good bowlers and even some good batsmen from pakistan :)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

can't wait to see whitewash India by England

Posted by Nigah on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Congtz to all Indian Fan BCCI won ones again, may be my comments were not posted by espncricinfo.com but its true everybody who knows cricket and politics both to gather its BCCI win.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

atlast the minnows have won a match... but they are still below ordinary team... and their losses in overseas will continue! I want this Indian team to visit Bangladesh and we will whitewash them for sure...

Posted by israrak on (January 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

@ bharat ... we will just say that this is a humilating series defeat for india ... :P

Posted by BBrianBlair on (January 6, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

LOL, look at the trolls now bashing Pakistan. The same guys were being treated as the world champs here a few days ago for narrowly winning two matches against a team struggling team.

Congrats India, never had lost faith in you. Congrats Pakistan for winning the series.

Posted by mozhiarasu on (January 6, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

This series is one of lesson to Indian batting, that they are not as good enough always than bowling,on the other side young bowlers proved that Indian seam bowling has been upgraded.

Posted by AHFAD on (January 6, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

First of all congrats to India. I believe the reason for win was excellent fielding and Misbah's batting. Now we understand why Pakistan won first 2 ODIs.. It happened because Misbah got out quickly.

Also I would like to praise Indian bowlers for stuck to the task. They were equally good as Pakistani bowlers in this match.

Scorring boundries on this pitch was difficult but taking singles were not. That is where Misbah won the game for India.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 6, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Congratulations to TEAM INDIA for beating Pakistan.Good to see true color of Pakistan batting line up.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

finally indians have something to celebrate :) the way indians were celebrating today in the end show how much hard earned this victory was :) some fans are also happy on india A's win over england :) lol some fans are acting sensibly and showing good spirit, whereas others are still showing the typical arrogance over a useless win :) it was a typical pakistani finish to the series. Lots of lessons to learn for both teams. Pakistan's batting will be exposed in south africa series whereas india will struggle to gain some respect even at their home now.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 6, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

@natraja Kohli is still a kid it will take another 3-4 years go get him mature.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

There should be strong changes in the current Indian batting lineup. I wished Pakistan defeat India 3-0, so that no mercy is shown to the top batting order. But this victory might just give likes of Rohit sharma s few more chances.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Congrats to India. MOM to Dhoni agains shows how much politics and how much support dhoni gets. In first match he was in loosing side opposition batsmen also scored a 100 he was give because his was slightly better innings. Today Ajmal picked 5 wickets he wasn't considered. Dhoni scored 36 , jadega scored 27 and picked up a wicker bowled 10 economical overs fielded outstandingly but was ignored. we already know what happened in worldcup final.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

India enjoy the night we are taking the trophy Babes

Airtel Man-of-the-match Dhoni scored 36 Runs Ajmal 5-24 ignored :D..... Sponsorship does matter

Posted by msdhoni123 on (January 6, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

As an indian fan I believe Ajmal should have won man of the match. Even though India lost the series i believe our bowling department is strong now. Kumar,Ishant and Shahid bowling amazingly. But Gambhir and Sehwag should be dropped and bring Pujara to open with rahene. The rest of the team should stay similar. All the best for England

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

this is ridiculous.....Man of the Match goes to Dhoni. Saeed Ajmal is the one who deserve Man of the match award....

Posted by bcric12 on (January 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

MOM: dhoni??? worst decision in cricket history

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I'm glad Pakistan didn't get the clean sweep they need to seriously look at the batting and analyse why they lost this game

Posted by Major85D on (January 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Pakistan lost the match because of their captain! once again misbah´s slow batting tactic costs pakistan a match, which they have won earlier. poor performance from him, he should retire and be replaced as captain by hafeez. by the way, great performance from the pakistani bowlers

Posted by yousuf_amin on (January 6, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Hafeez is never a finisher,will never be a finisher..should have been sent up atleast above shoaib malik so malik could finish it in the end.If u remember 1st T20,hafeez got out after making his 60,but malik finished the match(then too hafeez didnot finish the match)..He lacks the quality of finishing the matches.Getting rid of akmal brothers should be the key for pakistan(never consistent)..

Posted by Bharat85 on (January 6, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

Imran Khan said that the only way India could win this match is if the Pakistani bowlers are allowed to bowl to Pakistan.......

Glad the Indian team made Imran Khan eat his words :)))

Would you say this was a humiliating defeat for Pakistan?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

A great escape in the end, the selectors should go in for young blood even if it means losing all the matches against England.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Indias got to make sure talent like bhuvneswar kumar and Shami Ahmed dont go wasted.... If they are going to have pitches that assist the fast bowlers like they did this series, i wouldnt mind even if the team loses 10 matches... It was really heartening to see debutant bowler up to the task. The batting is a totally different story and other than MS Dhoni, I dont think anyone even deserves a mention here. Virat Kohli seriously needs to think of what happened to the person who was scoring tons of runs before.. Its not about getting out. Its about how you are getting out

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

What an awful chase by Pakistan surely needed to do better than that.... Can't understand the logic of that kind of innings by misbah

Posted by bhrangi on (January 6, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Great match., Congrats to both teams., Today Pak clearly said to the world that they have unpredictable batting line up and unimaginable superior bowling attack junaid , Irfan for fast, Saeed and Haffez for spin.,,Thanks to B.Kumar and Ahmed for making things interesting.,., My beloved Indian fans please stay on the ground remember we lost a series already.

Posted by Natraja on (January 6, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Did some one saw Kohli taking one stump as a souvenir? What will he cherish by keeping this stump? That he made a mighty four runs Ha ha ha aha.

BTW finally India won against Pakistan. But the better news is that India A has defeated England by a good margin. I think India A should play against England Instead of Team India.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 6, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Are you watching, En-ga-land... are you watching England...! Great game; kudos India.

Posted by vednarayaninfo on (January 6, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Well played Indian cricketers; it's consolation victory. However, it will be tough outing with England but definitely inched up the moral against England. Home crowd is happy and it was worth watching this match. Thankyou Cricinfo for the update.

Posted by richardror on (January 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Why did the Indian players celebrate like they did? Their cricket team is falling apart on the pitch and off it. They've been massively outplayed by Pakistan, their rivals who have clearly overtaken them in skill level. India need to regroup and rebuild for the next few years.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

A big congratulations to the Indians for such a fine match, deserving victory considering how well you guys defended the paltry total.

At least this match showed some of the obvious batting woes Pakistan has.

Hopefully both teams only improve from here.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

absolutley shocking series from Pakistan. They should easily have whitewashed the series with the team they had. Poor performance, considering that they are a far better side than India

Posted by lonewarriorram on (January 6, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Congratutions Pakistan for series win. Junaid , Jamshed & Dhoni are the star performers for their sides. Its the fight shown by India in 3rd ODI which was missing in the earlier ODIs. A big thumbsup for the curators to make good pitches offering some help to bowlers. These pitches clearly seperated good batsman from a slogger. Hope Indian batsman learn from their mistakes. Finally hoping selectors to reward domestic performers.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 6, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

I give man of the match to crowd. What a crowd. What a energy they indian fielders and bowlers bowl heart out.

Posted by Prakmca on (January 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Pick the team to win the matches. Again after India's dismal performance, whats next. Selectors will retain great all rounder Jadeja, saying that be bowled well. If opponent loses couple of quick wickets, any bowler can bowl economically. He is not that great to be part of Int. Team. If they persist with Rohit, Jadeja not sure what to say. When Jadeja won a match for india in his 60 appearance in one day. When he fired with ball and bat?????? All when when..... where he never fired with ball or bat. Bring in Pujara, Patha Y and young talents. Drop Jadeja, Gambhir, Sehwag.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Shahid Afridi is way better then these Akmal brothers!!!! God knows how Umar akmal always get selected!!!! get rid of Akmals

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

its time now i cant say if india can save this game its not to blame any one except for that india is playing lot of cricket these days players need rest they need to play some domestic cricket where there are not big crowds ipl should be banned as it only gives money to players which makes them matter instead of nation all now is break from international cricket dhoni along with other players should be rested and ask kohli or some other player to lead the indian team against eng during odis with youngesters gambir should be dropped from all three formets sehwag playing only tests as he is better test player than odi as for ipl the players representing india at international level should be restricted with minimum number of games if ipl not banned as per 20% of the games the particular ipl team plays

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 6, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

the only bright spot for india in this series is B KUMAR .

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Now, India is struggling but I believe within short they will back on their right way. It quite natural that all top ranking team sometimes embarrass performance disorder or difficulties. It would not be longer.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 6, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

@english cricket . your english odi team can't even defeat INDIA A team .

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 6, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Time to retire for likes of Billy Bowden and steve devis. They really have lost concentration and abaility to judge. They are making cricket look an unfair game. They really change to result if the game.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

As a fan i am heart broken and i quit watching India playing any international cricket and I accept that our team does not have it in them. Congrats to English and Pakistani fans and teams yes you have shown us our right place i.e. we stand no where in international cricket arena and a big thanks to Mr. Fletcher with warm regards to IPL for leading us uptill here.

Posted by Natraja on (January 6, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

What is happening to Mr. Captain Material Kohli? Since Sunil Gavaskar named him captain and anti-Dhoni crowd started chanting him as a captain, the guy couldnt reach in tens forget about 100s. Or may be he will start scoring 100s when he is actual captain lol...

And off course it is too early to comment on Rahane.

Sack Fletcher he brought this team down from its Zenith to this nadir.

Posted by hear_the_roar on (January 6, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

it is hilarious that Indian fans r still talking about Bangladesh.some people will never ever change.come on !try to give credit to others.ur attitude is as same as ur players which is the main problem u r in!u think when ever u win that is ur credit and whenever u lose that's ur fault,,others r nothing!! lol.and whenever ur team wins u appreciate them and whenever they lose u all raise question about their ability! that is the difference between u and us(BD fans).we r always beside our team and will be forever.i have said already that ur tean is still good enough to challenge just u all fans,ur media,board can not manage them well.and pls do not use them in commercial needs.

Posted by hitlor441 on (January 6, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

India not playing the spin well... Ajmal you beauty

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

its funny they r not able to produce cricketers or sportsmen in a country of 1.2 billion....not surprised at all, its a pathetic work culture here which easily resembles what is happening in indian cricket...i dont agree with dividing a team into seniors and juniors...there r many flaws which i dont think can be corrected once indian cricket is freed from politics and corruption

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Everyone blames the IPL for Indian cricket's recent failures but I think it's their arrogant attitude that should be blamed. You are not a champion in anything unless you can be humble and also possess the strength to defend your championship. May be that is where these guys failed.

Posted by CandidKandy on (January 6, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

We can still bounce back... Lets keep our fingers crossed... We will Win :)

Posted by Silverbails on (January 6, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

OMG!! 3 - 0 clean sweep coming up, despite Kumar's 2 early strikes!! Another pathetic batting display from a team which ONLY wants to play IPL...Time to get rid of half the team, including dropping MSD as captain, but keeping him in as a middle order batsman. So, unless a miracle happens, this ordinary Pak. team will have trounced India in an ODI, for a clean sweep since that mauling from the all-conquering Windies team in 1983-84. What new depths can this team sink to now...?? The ONLY way is up...WHO knows WHEN or WHERE this will happen?!?!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

A country of a billion with all that money and resources and despite a few teams playing Cricket still an average side :D

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 6, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

India are an ordinary team who now can't win a series even on their own grounds. I'm sure had Afghanistan or Netherlands faced India, they would've given you a very good game maybe even win it.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

today, we are seeing different Indian team in the field.They are more disciplined in the field and the way kumar & shami swinged the ball in each direction(though pitch helped them too), they truly deserve laud on this commendable perforamnce from us.my fingers were crossed during the opening bowling spell...welcome back to thecricketing world team india :) ( from pakistani fan) best of luck for the upcoming series against eng

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

I know why we lost, because it's so cold!! # indianfan

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

I don't think Junaid Khan or M. Irfan are more difficult to play than Kumar and Shami... I mean you cant compare Kumar's swing to Pakistan bowling attack.. No one swings the ball that much in Pak side especially in the air... Indian opening bowlers test the batsman more than Pakistani bowlers. Indians have stronger batting side (on paper) + 12th man (HUGE crowd), so they should play well. Whereas much testing swinging deliveries by Indian bowlers + Crowd + Weak Pakistani batting.... If this is the case, I admire Pakistani batsman to get out of such situation. I wonder if Junaid Khan swings that much like Kumar, it would be difficult for India to even to 50 runs !!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

India wrapped up series with 2-1..at least in toss :-)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

While winning WC is a prestigious achievement for any team. getting whitewashed by a rival team of same or below ranking is identically humiliating. Also, @nishabd, I did not understand the pun either.

Posted by ThemanID on (January 6, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

No surprises eh. That's what happens when you keep giving chance after chance to these overconfident players

Posted by lonewarriorram on (January 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

@Dalena Its not about younger or senior players. We need performing players now. Sehwag is not performing as a batsman or bowler and he is not quick in field. Its not luck which makes a player or team great, its their talent and applying themselves to the match situation which wins matches.Sehwag is clearly lucky to be still in Indian team if it was ECB or CA he would have be out of team long before.

Posted by ThemanID on (January 6, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Typical performance by india as usual.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

It has been a RUDE behaviour from PCB by not playing ANWAR ALI and HARRIS SOHAIL in this series. Kami must go, he has failed with bat(the only reason to pick him and not any other keeper) the only thing that could have kept him in the side would have been his clean wicket keeping, that did not happen today either so he remains inconsistent, YOUNIS and MISBAH MUST GO miserable performances and they wont be arround for the WC in AUS in 2 years time, we can play a youngster batsman and alrounderi as we do need to perpare a team

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 6, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Once upon a TIME there was a team called INDIA who could play cricket!

Posted by sarowar86 on (January 6, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

well I think India is getting too much pressure from everywhere... and Pakistan is playing a cool game ... that's the difference going on the field. and Dhoni PLS give him a break........... he is like the only soldier left in the field.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 6, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

@nishatbd- 1983 WC was in England, 2007 T20 WC was in SouthAfrica, 2012 U19 WC was in Australia.. And India won them all. What's your point?

Posted by VSingh99 on (January 6, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

I must agree with hear_the_roar that part of the problem is over confidence and arrogance. I think it is 80% an attitude issue. From the start of the England series they thought that they are playing at home and will walk all over the opposition. When have you ever seen Aus or SA take for granted that they are playing at home. Pakistan are continuosly saving runs with solid fielding stopping the indians from taking 2 runs. Look at Gambhir in the field he is soooo slooow and giving away two runs. It would interesting to draw stats with players from other countries who are 31 and field even 5% better than Gambhir. Even when they are easily going to make the second run he still takes his own time to throw the ball in. He should be dropped for that reason alone. When he scores 38 he gives away runs in the field. The other thing I want to mention is that I think(personal opinion) India selectors made a huge mistake not giving the coaching job to Dav Whatmore. I hope they make changes soon.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

i think seriously india should bring back Kapil, Tendulkar,Bedi,and Amarnath

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Jadeja is now the official test team no 6 specialist batsman after 3 triple hundreds in first class cricket. But MSD made him bat at 7 in the test and here too made him bat at 8. He has to bat at 6 in tests (where MSD generally fails) and 7 in ODIs. If he fails, then he is not a batsman, not an international class allrounder. But he has to be tried up the order before he is written off. Perhaps he may succeed. Ashwin also shows an ability to bat at 6 in test cricket, his technique is better than Dhoni's, especially against short pitched bowling. Pujara will need to open in ODIs, because all the other openers are failing.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistani team for showing such a brilliant display of swing,seam and spin bowling. If pakistan can fine few more talents Like Jamshed they can top the rankings in all form of the games. As far as India is concerned India A made 224/4 in 39 overs against good England attack (Not the best). It shows there are talented batsman in India and they need to be given fair chances to prove their. Hope selectors choose right team for Eng ODI today. To everyoIe who is saying that Dhoni favours Jadeja :I want to ask a simple question why would you drop jadeja who took three wickets for 41 in last match. To give chances to continuous failures like R Sharma or Sehwag who are batsmen out of playing 11??

Posted by fan_of_good_cricket on (January 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

"Dhoni showed intent against the Pakistan captain". I didn't see Dhoni running after Misbah, holding the bat in his hands in an aggressive style! (Unfortunately?) Misbah is captaining the side, not Hafeez.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

have a sports man spirit and admit the strength of the stronger side.

Posted by nishatbd on (January 6, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

@gsingh7 pathetic. win a wc outside india

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Kindly correct, hafeez is not the ODI captain, its MISBAH.. referring to "and Dhoni showed intent against the Pakistan captain, launching him for three sixes, each in a different area on the leg side."

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

India dont invite Bangladesh to your country might get white washed too.such a poor performance deserves white wash.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

well I guess the issue is that indian players are playing too much of cricket .. they have lost their focus and Presumably the IPL low quality of criecket is the culprit here.

Posted by sohan_faisal on (January 6, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

India and BCCI, now at least please invite Bangladesh for a 03 test, 7 ODI and 3 t20 series at your home. You will win for sure and that will boost up your confidence. And we will get 15 days of test cricket to practice. :-)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

India, pls keep pakistan bussy untill 50th over, we want to see match closing after office time. Thx

Posted by Dalena on (January 6, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Dont knw wats bcci doing???? after loosing so many matches frm 2011 june to now dhoni is still captian. . please learn some thing from CA or ECB . . dhoni wanted only young players and now see wat happend!! who can replace sachin ??? in tests dravid, laxman??? now he wants sehwag out of all three formats. . sehwag is a match winner , he is just not lucky enough to score , inside edges , runouts . . dhoni shud stop politics in cricket so everything gets fine . . i dont understand why still Dhoni is Captian after so many back to back losses everywhere.. Quit and give to gambhir or virat it will be good to giv now only let INDIA win WC2015 . . Hope cricinfo. will publish ma comments:)

Posted by Salman12ka4 on (January 6, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Well played Pakistani team ... Hope Nasir Jamshed made 100 again ... :)

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 6, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

@Sabbir Asgar- So you're saying Jadeja is a batsman? LOL hats off to you.

Posted by haq33 on (January 6, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

crafty-Rabbi....you are right that India are a better team than recent results suggest....the truth that Indo-centric bcci-info, whoops, cricinfo fails to mention with its in-depth 5 page long analyses titled "indian batting fails or implodes or fails to deliver to its potential" is that Pak bowling is superb enough in depth to dominate even strong batting line-ups. It is Pak bowling that wins against India's batting by applying new-ball pressure and inducing mistakes or by mid-over spin wizardry or late reverse swing. The Indian batsmen do not actually themselves "lack momentum or application" but they are simply denied the thinking time, the chance to build momentum and the crease freedom needed to assert oneself as a batsman, all thanks to Pak bowling skills. MSD is exceptionally talented but to be fair, he does come in at a point after the new ball can hurt him and after he has seen how much the ball is spinning. Look how no.3 Kohli has been neutralised this series?

Posted by productivity on (January 6, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

21 balls - 1 run - 3 wickets in three matches. #Junaid vs Kohli..................

Highly exposed by Junaid. Dear Indians i must feel sorry for you guys this is not IPL. This is the PAKISTAN's natural talent of cricket. You can sense that we are out ov cricket for last four years but still we are producing results because we are not playing for dollors.

Posted by TASimon on (January 6, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

Indian players need motivation to play for the country. Increase their salary as they are paid in IPL and they will perform again. That time is over when players were just motivated to play for the national team. Now players want to play in the national team so that they can get chance in IPL. When the base is wrong, how can you expect the top to be soothing?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover,nobody said pak bowling is not world class but here its not about pak bowling but about indian batting bcoz they r failing against all teams recently be it against aus,eng,or pak,even in home test series against eng the indian batsman were unable to cope against swann and panesar and that means indian batting is seriously looking too out of sort and poor quality bcoz even at home they r unable to play spinners and also pacers...and Rahane cant just get one match and score a century,he got very limited chances with good results,even good batsman gets out for low score,no point blaming Rahane here

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

@Bruisers The way indian batting is going along, alomost all players are tailenders, aren't they ?

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

even with this loss india is still above pak in odi rankings by icc as well as t 20 ratings by icc, due to recent wins in wc against pak and sl, so pak must improve on all fronts to win a wc like india which i dont think they can do , india can win 3rd wc before pak wins 2nd wc

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Comgratulations to Pakstanis though. It all started with some sane decisions. Misbah was given captaincy when he was not in the team. Ajmal was picked and drafted into the squad. Similarly, people who idenitified Junaid and Irfan. They all have made their contribution which is showing today. PCB has made available the best coaches, slection committee has selected the team on merit, and Misbah has generalled his troops with courage and skill. Hats off to these guys.

Posted by hear_the_roar on (January 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

there is nothing wrong with this team selection of india.everybody is good enough to do something.the main problem for them is over confidence and arrogance.personally i would like to suggest indian players to focus on playing cricket rather than advertisement and IPL.besides this meaningless busy schedeul's hampering their fatigue level.and being a BD fan i would like to invite them here to play so that they can learn from our bowlers how to bowl.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

@ Bruisers u r saying ajmal only got tale enders do you think india has 5 taleenders??????

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (January 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

@Bruisers: Does Raina, Ashwin seems tailenders in your eyes?

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (January 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Another spineless display from Indian batsmen. It seems there is psychological problem with batsmen - the (top draw) Pakistani bowlers have got into their heads. Ajmal showed his class, bamboozling the mid/lower order after the quicks had inflicted the usual early blows. Hope and wish, Indian bowlers show "ferocity" and MSD go into "attacking mode" with field placings and try to make a match of it ! Despite being a Pakistani, unable to watch replays of same "script" again and again.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

#MAR00N5: its indias batting thats failing. not jamshed. and if jamshed is nothing, WHY is batting failing.

about asia cup, u do realized u lot got out played out by Bangladesh?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

Need to bat sensibly. and watchfull with new ball. watch out for new shami ahmed. B Kumar may also get some help with new ball. In simple word sensible batting & misbah's tuk tuk approach can create history today. its surely not ended right now. still work to do.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (January 6, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@Bruisers cuz ind top order(superstars) can't last 10 overs

Posted by mani1999 on (January 6, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

@ Bruisers on (January 06 2013, 09:58 AM GMT).. I think u were sleeping. Jadeja is the expansive all rounder in the IPL and had triple hundreds, Raina is the specialist batsman, B Kumar is ur so called 1st class all rounder and have avg. of 30 + in 1st class in batting, and Ashwin has 1 hundred and a 90 + and his avg. shows that he can be an all rounder. Only ishant u can say a tailender.. Raise your mentality and learn to appreciate your opposition..

Posted by gotheaussies on (January 6, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

India are like kings when they play SL, But almost against every other opposition they are like mice. They just cant beat the good teams. I think by playing too many matches against SL has hurt Indian Cricket. Because they beat SL every time they think they are better than they actually are. SL is a poor team except in World Cups.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

@Cricket Man,indian losing to a superb pak outfit does'nt mean sides like nepal will beat india or u want to say that Nepal is as good as top test nation and can match teams like Pak and hence whetever pak does nepal can d that too??come to real world mate

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

well don by pak bowlers. ajmal was very good today, junaid & irfan exceptional. hafeez has bowled good middle overs spell. gul was bit expensive.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@ bruisers .. Ajmal did his part. Its not his fault indian top order didnt stay till he was bought into bowl :) Anyways what I would like to say, Im not feeling good for my indian friends. This is a pathetic display by their team. These fans deserve a better performance. We have been at the receiving end and we know how it feels but we are not sure how bad would a clean sweep be.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

InsAllah Pakistan will white wash India in India and make a history............. hard-luck Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

If anyone made a comment that saeed ajmal didn't do anything special and took wicket for tailenders.............. then please correct Indian commentators. Because they are calling Ashwin, Suresh Raina and Jadeja all rounder and full time batsman. Accept that Indian batting is helpless against Pakistan great bowling and team effort attack.

But I enjoy watching two great teams at the same time. Always excitement and fun to watch.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Politics is in,ian cricket is full of politics, seems like dhoni group and anti dhoni group headed by sehwag.

Anti Dhoni group is trying every thing for throwing out Dhoni by giving poor performances.

Dhoni group is trying hard to perform(individual performance) so they can remain in the team.

We can't just blame Dhoni he is a great player and a good captain. Culprits are those who are behind him.

Note my words you remove Dhoni today and you will see the performances from anti Dhoni group.

I wish they can play together for India.

By broken heart of Indian Cricket Fan

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (January 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

@Aftab Abbasi- I don't really want to spoil your party but just 10 months ago, the situation was entirely different, wasn't it? I mean, Virat Kohli alone was enough to thump Pakistan in that Asia Cup match. Now Jamshed is doing it to India. The whole scenario can change in no time, so just appreciate good cricket and move on. There's no need to point out the shortcomings of your opposition. To be honest, Nasir Jamshed is nothing in front of our domestic openers like Mukund, Dhawan, Vijay, Chand etc. Just wait till these players get a chance in the national team and then we'll talk. Cricinfo publish please :)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

i have doubt if this indian team can match with bangladesh at this moment , and seriously they should be sent to the 1st class cricket tournaments because they are not in a position to play any international matches

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

@Bruisers, so Raina and Jadeja are tail-enders. WTG, mate.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

India need a Two months team building course .....All top order trying to fail MS Dohni

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

@All BTW...India A players are giving a hard fight to England....that shows we don't lack talent, only reason is the selectors aren't able enough to pick up right players for right formats.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (January 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

I don't know what to make of indian fans here,evrybdy had a dig at sehwag before 2day,n there u go what special thing rahane did?was he not eagr to respood?why u peopl can't accept that pak's opening bowling was unplayble most of times no mater who was facing them,gambhir,sehwag,kohli,yuvi All were clueless against them.learn to give credit to othrs.

Posted by xblaken on (January 6, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Only player in Indian team who used to play cricket and talked less was Sachin. After his departure, it's all talkative players now. You can only show attitude after having some kind of international success for a longer time.

Posted by captain70 on (January 6, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

oh but they will say " but we are the world cup champs" as their defense for this woeful showing

Posted by CrICkeeet on (January 6, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

In d past, IND cant play FAST bowl bt now, IND is weak both PACE nd SPIN

In d past, IND cant won AWAY match bt now, IND cant won both HOME nd away

this is d weakest IND last 10 YEARS!

Posted by uzairamir on (January 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

@ Vinay Kolhatkar if you made cricket rules it would have been over:D

Posted by Ruhin12 on (January 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

@Bruisers......how can u still dares to comments!!!......see what ur teams doing on the field.....first England now Pakistan in their own soil......shame on u guyz

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Its just a game...but no doubt India has great talents to fire back....please dont be disappointed yet...this is the time to give them support,,

Posted by The_Amazing_Avenger on (January 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

@ Saekh -- India is afraid to invite BD or come to BD to play coz they know they have a huge probability of losing the series or they might even be WHITE-WASHED !

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

india come in nepal to play cricket. we can beat india.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Feel Bad for the Indians!!!!!!!!! There are finding themselves in no man's land really. Firstly Indian top order is too shaky against the moving ball that they can't survive the first 10 overs of some excellent fast bowling without losing at least 3 wickets. Secondly the class of Pakistani Spinners is far ahead than any other international team which is proving to be too much for the tumbling Indian batting. Thirdly can someone tell me which strategy MS Dhoni is following. I mean he is killing his good form by coming at no. 6 position. At the end the truth about the class of batsmen like virat Kohli and Yuvrag has been exposed. Poor display again from Indians. But sad for Cricket that we are not getting good competition even in Indo-Pak games and the whole series is proving to be one sided in favor of Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Don't blame Dhoni for others' mistakes. He has been in good form in this series and is one of the best players in the Indian side and I am a Pakistani.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Superb Bowling by Pakistan Team

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Another GLORIOUS loss for India, they should put off any further cricketing competition now and spend 3 months revamping and developing the team.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Whitewashed, swept under the rug, dogged around and butchered.

India do you still have some fight left in you??

Posted by Ruhin12 on (January 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

India should invite teams like Ireland, Netherlands, Kenya or Afghanistan.....atleast with them they might win and boost up their ranking.....they don't deserve to play cricket with any test nation

Posted by crafty-Rabbi on (January 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

India are a better team than their recent results imply. But they lack momentum and application. Plus they are up against the best bowling attack in OD cricket. Junaid Khan has the wood over their top order and has Kohli playing like Boycott's mother (or worse). Dhoni is not a motivator but has been performing with the bat. His strategy seems to be at sea. India really need a captain that can motivate the team to perform, perhaps Yuvraj could do the job. He seems like a natural leader at least his name implies that.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

bangladesh and even zimbabwe should refuse ffuture indian tours .. they would want to play amateur cricket

Posted by Bruisers on (January 6, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

Ajmal didn't do anything special really.. Almost all of his wickets were that of the tailenders. Same thing in the last game too - al his 3 wickets were of the tailenders.

Posted by DataQue on (January 6, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Where is Lalit Modi when you need him.... Good Night Indian cricket team!!!!

Posted by vednarayaninfo on (January 6, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

So listen, when Sachin Tendulakar was playing and getting out cheaply it was very easy to criticize him Now what about pathetic play shown by these IPL players. Loosing match and that too in front of home crowd shows that there is nothing for this player to play for now onwards to be very honest to cricinfor.com. Also there is nothing in Indian cricket remained now except looking behind commercial benefit. Now, it's clear that players are just looking for minting money and nothing else.

Posted by Teefy1 on (January 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

What gets me is the lack of appreciation for Pak's new bowling attack. We all knew that Saeed is the world's best spinner but bar today he has not been the main tormentor. Instead it is the new ball attack of Irfan and Junaid, green behind the ears and previously never bowling in tandem, that have destroyed the top order. No ODI team can recover from being 4 or 5 down with less than 100 on the board. Some is down to poor Indian batting technique (pushing at the ball like Sunny mentioned, closing the face, overly aggressive shots brought on by T20) but the most of the time the Indians could not handle the swing in both directions like Kumar did in the 1st T20. Let's give praise where it is due. Well done to the selectors for having the courage to not give the new ball to Sami, Gul, Wahab, Tanveer, Sohail and others that would never have done the justice to it that these two have.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

this is what happens when u dont have a solid batsman like sachin tendulkar in the opening overs. he may play slow in the first 10 overs respecting the seam but he always keep up to the strike rate at the end. he gives the partnerships. people like dhoni n co coming after the first 10 overs may not feel that difficult to play later.

I still remember the day when sachin scored a century in 112 balls or so playing maohammad asif n co's dangerous bowling in pakistan but later dhoni finished the match with a half century n dhoni got MOM which is ridiculous. if at all there is no foundation by sachin there is no proper shape of the match which u can see now in the last 3 matches especially the first match

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

blame it all on DHONI....coz he cant take the team when under 20over 5 or 6 of ur batsman are out,and he cant take the team total all by himself to 250.... surely even if everyone isnt scoring,but DHONI is a captain so he should....blame him if he plays slow when 5wckt r down in 20ovr..... blame blame nd blame,coz all that matters is that DHONI didnt managed to take INDIA to a respectable score even after having an average of over 200 in 3 odi,when no other can even manage 30+ avg...

Posted by Punjami on (January 6, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

All the reporters in the Press -have this caption ready:" India's top order collapses"- this is going to be the standard caption even during the England series. Sending Veeru off has not also strengthened our batting. What to do now? Drop all the 11 and pick a new team!!! Sorry something is seriusoy plaguing the Indian cricket. Better find a medicine immediately.

Posted by s4santosh on (January 6, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

i dnt wanna See Gauti, Viru, in the team until dey get der form bck.. Pls Rest Kholi... r else he ll loose his form lik Irfan, Yousuf, Inshant... Coz all des playes wer young n BCCI played dem witout rest until dey gt injured...

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 6, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

When Sehwag was in the team,all Indian fans said that bring in Rahane.. Today when Rahene is in the team,so now all those fans asking why Sehwag was dropped..Indian team disappointed big time..

Posted by JJJos on (January 6, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

116-6 Pathetic!. I don't understand why u guys blaming Sehwag n Dhoni always ? Every one demanding Rahane. Wat he & Gambhir has done today ?. Where is Nehra ,Aaron,Yadav & Pathan bros?. The Nation is really striving for genuine quick bowlers with devastating pace . BCCI should take initiative to find out the fast bowling resources in India. The team need express bowlers who can bowl consistently over 145 kmh not medium pace stuffs bowling in the 120marks

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Now you all guys have comprehended the strength of Pakistani Bowlers and well as for Pakistani Batting line Up? Forget the Past and think about the Future!!!! Its good advice for you that Pakistan has defeated to the India in their Home Ground in front of 70000 Fans of India… heheh very interesting to see this but I really appreciate to the Pakistani Team for their best performance. Now stop talking erroneous about Pakistan and see the New Talent Nasir Jamshaid the Hero of Pakistan…………. All your team in one side and our One Player in one side then you also cannot combine. Best of Luck Pakistani Team

Posted by Indian_version_of_cricket on (January 6, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Bending cricket rules, not accepting new technology, sticking to big useless names and finally preparing useless pitches will not help BCCI to develop cricket in india, but would drive fans away from it and the teams from other part of the world would not prefer to play less competitive india even for records.

Posted by Sagitarius1 on (January 6, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Dhoni's fav excuse is toss. I dont know what will he say today ...

Posted by doubtingthomas on (January 6, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

I think the only silver lining from this match is the anticipation of the next intelligent, never heard before excuse from Captain Hindsight.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

if india invites Bangladesh tomorrow (or even today!!!) for any test, ODI or T20 series in india, there is no reason to accept it. because we don't play amateur cricket.

Posted by Indian_version_of_cricket on (January 6, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

This ODI series has been Pak vs Ms Dhoni... So, he should have come up the order to save wickets there my matches .. Whoever is in good form should have taken the responsibility/ownership of the series and saved it. It's not that one should play in his slot all times. god save cricket in india!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Please give chance to other batsmen like yosuf, irfan and other where is uthappa super batsman isntead of give this flpo batsmens like raina, rohit, jadeja a usless millioner get out him from the team, come one selectors this is your job thnk for the nation not for the money, dhoni looking for his average . stop this adds and IPL too. get soem fast bowlers bring back harbahjan is 100% better then jadeja.

Posted by riz247 on (January 6, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Indian fans are missing the tendulkar.He sure was a legend.yuvi ,kohli,raina they are good but really immature infront of tendulkar...

Posted by MEHATELK on (January 6, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

JADEJA PERSISTED SHEWAG DROPPED. REASON? Any human being at any age if they dont have injuries on thier balling arm can ball like jadeja. his batting ? Anybody could u please remind me when jadeja scored his last 30 plus runs in international level(dont talk about his tripple hundreds in domestic levels useless) MSD i can support that you not happy with the seniors, but why you are trying to keep jadejas rohit in the teams.

Posted by beanfree on (January 6, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

India is doing great under Dhoni's leadership. Never saw anyone so fixated on padding his batting figures and ignoring the team's goals like Dhoni (barring Sachin's 100 against B'desh). Hope you have Dhoni as Captain forever.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Dhoni's next excuse would be "It was a bad toss to win".

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 6, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Dhoni is not a fool to let Dinesh karthik get a chance and lose his spot. He eliminating all threat to his captaincy and he make everyone think he is the only one option. He is intelligent for sure. He was lucky , he is still lucky but not his team though. He is lucky because he still have job and majority of fans think dhoni doing fine job when he is not. Until N srinivasan removed dhoni will have his captaincy. Because even selectors take decision , N srinivasan going to over rule it. Its is really bad how other BCCI excecutive board tolerating N srinivasan intervention in selection matters.

Posted by ArmyJim on (January 6, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

2 beautiful 6's by MSD in the 27th over there. I hope this is the beginning of some more attacking play instead of all the blocks.

Posted by asifhasnain on (January 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

I think its safe to say that Virat Kohli is now officially Junaid Khan's bunny. 3 out of 3

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 6, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

You guys are really clueless. You are all going to keep dropping each young players. After one failure you all want rahane head and 3 kohli failures some want kohli's head. Its pathetic. Indian batsman is not the problem. Its the head of snake. Which is doni. You need to cut the head of snake if you wana kill snake. The problem with indian team now is dhoni not other players. People need to think deeper than what they see. Dhoni is playing you all people for fools. He is laughing his arse off at selectors , critiques and fans. His time is up anyway...Once he ran out of scapegoats , he is the only one gona be left. Then people realize it is all along dhoni was the cancer.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

7 foot bowlers should bowl off 25 yards. Indian seamers should be allowed to bowl off 19 yards. Otherwise it is not a fair contest. Also, Indian top 5 batters should each have three lives like in gully cricket. 3 times out is then finally out. We need new rules to make the contest even.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

happy to see shewag dropped,i think kholi should be dropped for the next series,dhoni should not drop his leadership he s the only man who can take to a winning position

Posted by jammy233 on (January 6, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

looks like india has still not come out of test cricket!!!

Posted by Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on (January 6, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Rahane totally missed his opportunity. Pathetic batting display by indian top order. no more comments.

Posted by sanjeevraghavan on (January 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

It is sad to see India struggle again under the leadership of Dhoni. Why don't everyone who loves the sport switch of the television or switch to other channels.

Posted by sanjeevraghavan on (January 6, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

It is really silly to drop Sehwag and retain players like Gambhir, Raina, Kohli and Jadeja who did not perform at all for long time now. It is another lose for sure unless BCCI pays off Pakistan for accepting a defeat. Though I am not a fan of Pakistan, like to wish them good luck.

Posted by ozind95 on (January 6, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

It seems that Dhoni will bring all his CSK players as Indian 11 wake up for Gods sakes the Indian team selection is becoming a joke.!!!

Posted by Dasarathy on (January 6, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Dhoni should have sit out and allow somebody to take the leadership at least for this game so that he can check whether his leadership is the real problem or the lack of application of the senior cricketers like gambhir shewag and yuvaraj. Now dropping shewag giving chance to rahne did not reap the fruits. shewag dropped in his home ground. Rahne is in high pressure to do well. Totally India is the loser because of the cricket politics.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

now india will play with Nepal. we can beat india.

Posted by baranasai on (January 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Indian batting looks absolutely pathetic.The paksitan bowlers are given more and more inspiration by the ineptness of indian batting/It is sad to see players like Virat rahane struggle against this qulaity pakistan bowling/about Ghambir it is time we let him go along with Shewag Raina Rohit sharma abd bring in new plaers like Tiwary Badrinath etc /it is time for a chnage then only the team morale will be better-you cant expect Dhoni alone tp perform in this series-it is not viable.same time bolwlers also be given some change

Posted by ArmyJim on (January 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

12 Overs, Run rate 3.53, 43 for 3. This match is not going in India's favour.

Posted by Indian_version_of_cricket on (January 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

BCCI should learn that it's time to save cricket in india by dropping useless big names in all the levels.

Posted by ram_yohan on (January 6, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Oh no.. sehwag not there !! Better switch off the television sets. Why the hell the selectors always take him out when no one plays well. What they r going to do leaving out every senior players. i dont want team india to lose the match, but the way the selectors make, i do want to

Posted by Indian_version_of_cricket on (January 6, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Ind should stop playing cricket for sometime, which is good for cricket and india.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Can someone confirm if i am hearing this right? ... "Jeetay Ga bhai Jeetay Ga ... Pakistan Jeetay Ga" from Feroz Shah Kotla, stadium in Delhi?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

big mistake by India to dropping Sehwag for this game, especially in his Favorite ground, Good Luck team Pakistan.

Posted by Saes on (January 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

what was Misbah thinking? this was the right time to give chance to anwer ali and other new comers :-/

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Kohli just came to the crease, but I have a feeling, its his day!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

cograts mr cricket mike hussey.

Posted by caldude30 on (January 6, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Dhoni is a low player. When India wins he takes full credit and when loses blames all the senior player. Thats poor leadership. He will be sacked in any other country. The new payers need to be given full series and NOT just one game like today. Not only that is a wrong message to both Sehwag and Dhinda. Also poor chance for Rahane and Shami. The youngesters deserve the full series without being dropped. Senior players need to be respected otherwise Dhoni will not be respected either.

Posted by pkumar471 on (January 6, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

no hope for india..in this situation nobody expects a magical performance from Indians,even a big Indian fans..

Posted by Johnny_129 on (January 6, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Jadeja still in - great!!! Perhaps another Indian loss might be a good thing!

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