short and outside off, and Shoaib Malik opens up his stance and plays a cross-court winner down to the cow-corner. Game. Set. Match to Pakistan
So that is the end of our coverage from the first ODI. K-man's match report is being updated as I write. We will be back in 2013 for the second match of this series. Till then, enjoy the party season. Happy New Year from all at ESPNcricinfo. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Thanks for all your comments. Ciao ciao
MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match for his hundred. He says,"Bad toss to lose, but I am happy with my batting. There was something for the fast bowlers, but they also pitched it in the right areas. Once we lost five wickets, it was difficult to come back. We delayed the slog to get to a respectable score. 227 was a good score from where we were, but not enough in the end. The wicket got better later and our part-timers struggled."
Misbah-ul-Haq: "It was really good toss to win and the spell by Junaid Khan was very good. He has done it before in a Test match in Sri Lanka. Good to see that the bowlers pitched in the right areas in helping conditions. There was a change in the nature of the pitch. It was more difficult to play in the first half, very well played by Dhoni. But Nasir played an extremely good knock and showed the way by finishing the game. Humidity was a factor as both teams found it hard. Credit must be given to both teams' fast bowlers for bowling in such conditions."
Rahul: "Indian batting has to follow the rotation policy to inject deserving new players like Pujara, Rahane and more. Players have to be pushed for higher consistency rates. Gambhir and Rohit have played too many games at the expense of great talent sitting out."
Masood: "Misbah Wicket was the turning point. It cost India match"
Mark: "India are seeing just how far they have to go re-building. Lost the Test series to England after taking the lead. Only shared the two T20 series and now behind in the ODIs v Pakistan. This could be a tough year." The tough year has just got over. It could be the start of another tough one though.
Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the series and what an innings by the young Nasir Jamshed, who stood out a tough period at the start and then opened up during the middle overs along with Younis Khan as the team built up momentum against some insipid bowling by India's part-timers. Although, Pakistan lost a few wickets to give India a hint of a chance, Jamshed made sure that it remained just a hint. They did it comfortably in the end. The match was set-up by an excellent spell of fast bowling in the morning by Junaid Khan who picked up four wickets. India got a brief hope after Dhoni's masterclass, but in the end, it wasn't enough. India's part-time bowlers proved to be the weak link, going for 77 off their 10 overs.
Nasir Jamshed: "It was a tough start when we lost Hafeez off the first ball, but we played out the tough period and now we are confident in this series."
short of length delivery on the middle, turned to square leg for another single
short ball, Jamshed swivels and plays it down to fine-leg for a single. A metre to the either side and it could have been a boundary
slower ball, Jamshed waits and plays it to cover
tries to whack it hard down the ground from a length, doesn't get the timing as the ball hits the toe-end and goes towards mid-on
length ball on the pads, pushed to deep midwicket
Murli: "Hats off to Nasir. He batted superbly and place his innings perfectly on this not so easy wicket "
short ball, Malik takes his eyes off as it goes over his head
short ball, doesn't get hold of the shot, plays along the ground to miwicket
short ball, but it sails over the head, Jamshed gets under it comfortably
bowls it full on off, Malik drives it hard to Raina at cover who isn't able to stop the ball cleanly, allows a single.
short and wide, cracked to deep point off the back foot, Ishant Sharma cuts off the boundary
he gets to his second hundred against India with a pull to deep midwicket off a short ball. Well played Nasir Jamshed
hits him on the helmet with a short one. It didn't get up as much as Jamshed expected and he took his eyes off the ball, hits him on the side and goes towards fine leg
slower ball to finish the over, it is driven back to the bowler
length ball with width outside off, Malik plays a square drive past point but the outfield again slows the ball and stops the boundary
fuller length outside off, driven to deep cover
fuller delivery on the off, driven down the ground and long off has to do some work to cut the boundary out
full toss outside off and Jamshed misses that one as it is slightly slower too.
Pauly Mac has this assessment for the India side: "Watching India is like watching a car crash, that is a car in neutral slowly rolling down a hill and coming to a pathetic stop!"
short of length slower ball, guided straight to point
a quick bouncer to follow, Malik looks to play at that first, but moves out of the way right at the end