Match 1 : Pakistan won by 7 runs by Duckworth-Lewis Method.
|The first cricket one-dayer ended in an anti-climax at Peshawar on Monday after Pakistan were declared winners on the basis of Duckworth-Lewis system just when the match was poised for a nail-biting finish. India probably had to pay the price for a slow over-rate and their inability to bat out the 50 overs as their seemingly big total of 328 in 48.4 proved inadequate in the end. With the Pakistani duo of Younis Khan and Rana Naved-ul Hasan complaining of bad light as play spilled over beyond the scheduled close, the umpires decided to stop play, the hosts being 311 for seven in 47 overs at that stage. The Duckworth/Lewis system was applied and Pakistan were declared winners by seven runs, giving them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. |
Akmal departed after making 25 in 24 balls, slicing a drive off S Sreesanth straight to substitute fielder Gautam Gambhir at point but thereafter India did not taste success till the second wicket pair of Butt and Malik carried the score past 200. Indian captain Rahul Dravid preferred to use Irfan Pathan in a straight ten-over spell and the bowler, though unable to beat the batsmen, kept things down especially in his last five overs. The advent of Zaheer Khan for Sreesanth, after the latter's 5-over spell for 34, helped India cut the run-rate down somewhat but still Pakistan were comfortably placed by raising the 100 in the 18th over
|The Pakistan captain was declared out in a rare manner - for obstructing the field as he stopped with his bat a throw from mid-off fielder Suresh Raina to the non-striker's end while trying to reach the crease, when only 40 were needed in as many balls. The hosts began their run-chase briskly with left hander Butt stroking the ball superbly to notch up his third century (101 in 111 balls with 15 forus). Butt put on 50 in only 8 overs with Kamran Akmal, who opened the innings and then added 151 runs for the second wicket with Malik, who cracked a superb 90 in only 67 balls studded with 9 fours and three sixes, all off left arm slow bowler Murali Kartik. |
|Pakistan were set a stiff asking rate of 6.58, thanks to Tendulkar's 39th century and aggressive knocks by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68 off 53 balls) and Irfan Pathan (65 off 65). But the hosts seemed to make a mockery of the target, with the Indian bowlers being carted around by man-of-match Butt and Malik after the two joined forces at 50 for one. The partnership of 151 in 23.4 overs between Butt and Malik paved the way for Pakistan's victory despite losing a cluster of three wickets in 32 balls later on. There was enough in the tank for the visitors to pull through even after the duo's departure in the space of 17 balls followed by the quick dismissals of Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Yousuf, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Abdul Razzaq between the 37th and 45th overs. |
|The match could have gone either way with the home team needing 18 runs in as many balls with three wickets in hand before the game came to an abrupt end. The result put paid to India's aspirations to start off their one-day campaign on a positive note after Sachin Tendulkar had hit a fine 100 off 113 balls to return to form and steer India to a challenging score on a batting-friendly track at the Arbab Niaz Stadium. Young opener Salman Butt notched up his second ODI century and Shoaib Malik hit 90 to lay the platform for Pakistan's run chase before a few quick dismissals threw the game wide open. |
|Agarkar came on after the first 20 overs were gone through and Pakistan were just marginally behind run-a-ball. He bowled tidily initially before being hit for runs. Kartik was carted for two sixes over long on by Malik, the ball landing in the media enclosure on both occasions. Later he was smashed over the straight field for a third six by the Pakistani all rounder. After 30 overs, the hosts needed 150 runs for a win but the requirement came down to a more comfortable 99 runs in the last 15 overs. Butt struck three fours off Kartik in the 32nd over of the innings before falling while trying for a cover-driven fourth four, caught by Dravid at short extra cover. |
|Afridi came to bat to the appreciative roar of the jampacked stands, and should have been caught in the deep by Zaheer Khan when on 5, but the fielder dropped him at long on off Kartik. Zaheer made some amends by getting rid of the dangerous looking Malik through a catch at short mid wicket for 90. The loss of these two wickets in the space of four overs, plus that of Afridi and Mohammed Yousuf, both for 17, raised India's victory hopes that got boosted with the fall of Inzamam and Razzaq. |
Earlier, Tendulkar roared back to form with a sheet-anchor innings. Under severe pressure for a form slump that saw him make only 63 runs in his last three Test innings, played himself in and then stroked his way to the fifth century against Pakistan in his 359th match. He fell leg before to Arshad Khan, trying a reverse sweep, off the very next ball after reaching his century. He faced 113 balls and hit ten fours and a swing over mid-wicket off Arshad Khan for a six. The champion batsman, whose last big innings in one-dayers was his knock against Sri Lanka at Nagpur where he made 93, batted with a lot of determination, besides playing the anchoring role to perfection. His first 50 came in 66 balls. Tendulkar, whose last ODI century was also against Pakistan at Ahmedabad last April, also featured in two big partnerships with young guns Pathan and Dhoni and completed a world record 14,000 runs in the process. He added 94 runs for the second wicket with Pathan (65 in 65 balls with 12 fours and a six) and 126 runs for the third wicket with Dhoni (68 in 53 balls with 11 fours and a six) to pull India around from 5 for one.
Next Match : Pak v Ind 2nd ODI 11th Feb, Rawalpindi
yeah it was a bad end after all that nice game. It was a complete surprise in the end with pakistna winning with 7 runs. Lets hope we don't get such badlight in other tight games like this one.
Pakistan defenitly has got the edge over India. With Shoaib coming back in the third second match, India wil have to play really well to make a come back in the series.
Was a good match shame it ended like that.
Images From 2nd ODI
Result : India winning second one day International against Pakistan in style with more than 5 overs to spend.
Man of the Match : Irfan Pathan for taking three wickets
Next Match : Feb 13 in Lahore
That will be a cracker to watch.
It was an absolute stunning performance from India. Convincing win.
Third match starts today. Day Night match. Shoib & Sehwag out. It will be interesting.
|kripesh wrote: |
|It was an absolute stunning performance from India. Convincing win.
Third match starts today. Day Night match. Shoib & Sehwag out. It will be interesting.
yeah will be a must watch.
India Won the 3rd ODI with 5 wickets.
IMAGES from 3rd ODI
|Twelve fours were hit, 75 runs were scored, three wickets were taken, three catches were dropped -- even in the frenzied realm of one day cricket, the first hour of play in the third ODI of the series, at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, was cricket powered by lunacy.
Team India clearly has a great deal of faith in Sreeshanth. They brought him back as soon as he had recovered from injury and here, gave him a third slip here as early as the second over of the innings. By the time he was done with his first spell, the young right arm fast bowler must have lost any faith he had in Team India, though.
In his second over, he made one kick off length, a knack he seems to possess; Shahid Afridi went hard at it, got the high edge and Mohammad Kaif, in the unaccustomed position of third slip, flubbed the overhead take (Pakistan 4/1, Afridi 1). Sreeshanth applauded, hands overhead, as bowlers do when they want to encourage their fielder rather than make him feel like dirt.
In his third over, he produced a quick delivery that swung in the air onto line of off, then went the other way off the seam to find Kamran Akmal's edge. The ball ballooned, and dipped down onto Dravid's boot -- and India's most reliable slip fielder grassed the simplest of chances. This time, Sreeshanth merely winced.
His 5th over, and Sreeshanth one ball after being hit on the up through cover, produced another beauty, fullish in length and seaming away late. Malik went for the drive, got the edge, and Gambhir at second slip wrapped both hands around the long, hard edge, and flubbed it. This time, Sreeshanth kicked the turf, then looked up at the heavens. And why not -- when his first spell ended, his figures read 6-0-37-0 when by rights it should have been 3/14 or so. (In the 48th over, he forced Razzaq to mishit and RP Singh stood back and took it on the bounce -- probably deciding he didn't want to be the one to drop a fourth catch off the unfortunate bowler.
Despite India's prodigal mood after winning the toss and sending the opposition in under overcast skies on a slightly moist deck, Pakistan managed to lose three wickets, thanks in part to good deliveries and part to the batsmen's lack of thought.
Salman Butt, the first to go, was taken out by a beauty -- Irfan Pathan, in the second ball of his opening over, again got the ball to curve in to the left-hander, hit just back of length and seam away. Butt played his typically hard-handed defensive push, the thick outer edge flew to Gambhir at second slip and the fielder fumbled, then clutched on at the second attempt (0/1 Pakistan).
Someone needs to tell Shahid Afridi that hitting Irfan Pathan out of the attack does not win his team a match. Through his brief tenure -- they say he has some problem with his rib, which begs the question why he was sent out to crack the game open at the top -- he kept swinging away without really connecting well. He faced only two deliveries of Pathan's in the bowler's first two overs. The first ball of Pathan's third over saw the batsman, for the second time in two matches, heave at a delivery that wasn't in the slot for the slog over midwicket; the leading edge flared high, and Kaif made amends by holding the skier at cover (39/2 in 6.1, Afridi 19 off 1.
Kamran Akmal started off with a couple of superb drives through the covers; Dravid promptly introduced a short cover backed up by a regular cover and shut the area down, forcing the batsman to look to other parts of the ground for his runs, without much success. He had managed 20 off 34, when RP Singh took over from Sreeshanth. Ball one was wide outside off and carved over point for four; the second was wide of off and this time, hammered past point for another four; the fourth was a half volley driven through cover point for a third four and the batsman was motoring.
In his next over, Singh pitched one on leg, Akmal looked to push it to square leg, closed the bat face too early, and saw the leading edge lob to mid off. RP Singh celebrated -- and Sreeshanth, who had bowled far better deliveries, was one of the first to rush over and join the celebrations (75/3 in 14.6, Akmal 34/47).
Good bowling by Singh got Yousuf out early. His first two deliveries to the batsman angled across, hit the deck outside off then seamed back in. The third landed in more or less the same shot, but straightened on the angle; Yousuf blasted a drive at a ball he figured was coming in, managed only to get the edge and Dhoni held (82/4 in 16.4, Yousuf 1 off 2 balls).
Inzamam came out to try and repair the damage; tight bowling especially from Ajit Agarkar, and great ground fielding that saved at least four certain fours choked the batsman down and forced him to struggle. His first, and only, boundary came off the 20th ball he faced; shortly thereafter, facing Sachin bowling seam up, he tried to run a ball down to third man from very close to the stumps and, exactly as Sachin did in the previous game, managed only to run it off the face of the bat to Dhoni standing up (5/128 in 27.3; Inzy 16/2.
Younis Khan came out looking good, driving through the covers with a great deal of fluidity -- and then fell to the Sachin-Inzy virus. RP Singh banged one down hard mid-pitch, Younis looked to open the bat face and run it down to the third man region, the ball bounced higher than he thought it would, and the edge off the high part of the bat went to Dhoni (6/158 in 32.3; Younis 16/23).
If Pakistan avoided absolute shambles, all credit to Shoaib Malik. Reprieved on 12, the batsman -- whose first 20 runs came off 5 fours -- dropped anchor as he saw wickets tumble at the other end; the next 30 runs that took him to his third successive 50 in the series did not contain a single four. Clever placements and good running ensured that runs kept coming at his end -- it was only after Razzaq came out to join him that Malik opened his shoulders and began playing aggressor (the 50 of their partnership came off just 51 deliveries). It was not the prettiest innings he has played, nor even the most stroke-filled; it was, though, a mature knock that restored some order to Pakistan's chaos.
Having twice gotten into the 90s, Malik went the distance this time, first top edging Zaheer Khan to the third man fence, then creaming him smoothly through midwicket to get to his century (103 off 114 with -- and this is the really key stat in his innings -- 45 singles and 4 twos to go with his 11 fours and one six at that point).
Just when Malik seemed ready to really open out, Pathan, in the 46th over, struck with a very well disguised slower delivery. The batsman came down the track, making room to leg to loft straight. Deceived by the change down, he hit a fraction too early, and Dravid at a deepish mid-off took the skier (244/7 Pakistan in 45.3; Malik 108/120; 6th wicket partnership 86 runs at a tick over 6 an over; 54 dot balls, 50 singles, 4 twos, 11 fours and 1 six).
Razzaq is most dangerous at the death, where he doesn't have to do any innings-building stuff but can step to leg to pretty much anything, free his arms, and swing for glory. Here, once Malik went, Razzaq produced a little blinder, shimmying down to Pathan in the 49th over to waft him over long on for six, then hoiking him over midwicket for another six to bring up his 55 off just 52 deliveries.
Rana Naved, needing to get Razzaq on strike, stroked the first ball of the 50th straight to cover, took off for the single, and RP Singh threw down the stumps from an almost impossible straight angle (Sreeshanth celebrated wildly, obviously pleased to have had a hand, at least, in one dismissal).
Thanks almost entirely to his efforts, Pakistan made 89 runs in the last 10 overs -- and ended with 288/8, a score they could not have dreamt of at 119/4 in 25, of 166/6 or even 199/6 at the start of the slog.
On the day, India's bowlers in the main did well. Pathan looked as assured, especially in his first spell, as he did in 'Pindi. Sreeshanth was the fastest of the lot, consistently bowling at 86 and better against Pathan's 76-79 mph range.
Agarkar, coming in at first change, bowled with good control, keeping the lid on Pakistan at a key point in the game. Singh was wayward, but managed to take wickets at crucial times, and Sachin Tendulkar, opting this time for seam up, bowled with very good control to ensure the 'fifth bowler' didn't go for too many.
Zaheer Khan, coming in for Agarkar after the latter had done his back a bit of no good, bowled a very ordinary spell that allowed Malik and Razzaq to free their arms and blast fours on either side of the track. 77 runs came between overs 35-45 -- and Zaheer gave away 30 of those in his first three overs (4-0-36-0 as replacement for Agarkar, who went 6-1-21-0 before his injury forced him off). That spell also broke the shackles, allowing the batting side to step up the gears and get the momentum back on its side.
The ground fielding has been the most consistent feature of this side in the three ODIs thus far -- and today's performance was the best of the lot with great saves inside the circle, where Dravid regularly kept six fielders or better, and some amazing dives in the deep to cut off boundaries.
Pakistan has a competitive total up on the board; on the other hand, the wicket has eased off, and India with 10 straight wins on the chase, should fancy its chances to extend that streak. With Sehwag not there to power the chase at the top, you'd expect to see either Dhoni or Pathan in early, likely at number three – India's best hope is to crack the game open early, then take it home with sensible batting.
Man of the match : MS DHONI
4th ODI 16th Feb, Multan
After failing miserably in the test series and most of the games in the ODI series, finally the bowlers have had significant effect on the match. After Inzamam's wicket fell, there was no chance of Pakistan winning. But, it's all right, because they won the test series and we won the ODI series, so we're still equal and this provides us with momentum as we return to India to play England.
Images of Fourth ODI
Result : India Won The Match
INDIA WON THE SERIES
Dhonie does it again. He is the coolest player I have ever seen in Indian cricket team. The last 2 sixes he hit>> wow wow wow. For India,4-1 is amazing win. Yuvi was pretty consistent and coming at 2nd position and lasting till the successful end makes him a mature player. Well done.
India Wins The Series 4-1
Images from the 5th Match
|kripesh wrote: |
Congratulations to you as well on this great win by India.
Yuvraj really rocks. He is now ranked 9 by icc is batsman category.
and Dhoni Ranked no.3 in ICC batsman rankings.
yahoo man. it always feels nice to win against pakistan. its like the rivalry between 2 brothers..pak beat us 4 - 2 at home, we beat them 4-1. dats nice..currently their hockey team is doing well. but who really watches hockey..i know i wud if i had cable here
Man it this ws a gr8 series..Most of the matches were fasinating..even have the highlights..