India lose 2nd ODI, series at Kolkata
India’s 85 run defeat in the second ODI at Kolkata on Thursday evening meant Pakistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3 ODI series.
Pakistan had built an opening stand of 141 in just 23.4 overs after being put into bat first by MS Dhoni. Ravindra Jadeja broke the stand with his next delivery, bowling Mohammad Hafeez for 76 (74b, 4x10). The rest of the bowlers picked up from there. With the pitch getting harder to bat on and the light fading, Pakistan’s batsmen struggled to score easily.
Nasir Jamshed was on 62* when Hafeez departed. It was his second consecutive hundred on the series (106, 124b, 4x12, 6x2), Shoaib Malik’s 24 and Umar Gul’s 17 (17b, 4x1, 6x1) that helped Pakistan extract 109 runs from the next 26.2 overs.
Jadeja (3/41) and Ishant Sharma (3/57) led an unexpected bowling fightback to give India a chance, bowling Pakistan out for 250 in 48.3 overs.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir added a scratchy 42 off 10 overs for the first wicket, Sehwag looking relatively more fluent. Junaid Khan’s persistently tight lines paid off when he had Gambhir (11, 25b, 4x1) bowled, the batsman edging a delivery on to his stumps yet again. Next, Virat Kohli (6, 12b, 4x1) tried to play a delivery fine down the legside only for Kamran Akmal to pull off a superb catch. A leading edge from Virender Sehwag (31, 43b, 4x3) fell just short of mid off, he was gone anyway off the next ball, caught plumb in front of the wicket by Umar Gul. Yuvraj(9, 19b) showed discomfort against short deliveries and was caught behind attempting a pull, India losing 4/28 in 9 overs to slide to 70/4.
Suresh Raina and Dhoni added 25 for the fifth wicket before Raina (18, 42b, 4x1) tried to charge Hafeez, overbalanced and was stumped. R Ashwin (3, 22b) came in ahead of Jadeja but was dismissed similarly, stumped off Shoaib Malik.
Jadeja and Dhoni added another 28 with Dhoni for the 7th wicket before he perished trying to hit out. He made 13 (23b) and was dismissed in the 40th over by Ajmal who had two more wickets by the time the over ended. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashok Dinda both made 2 ball ducks as India reached 132/9 after 40 overs.
Ishant hung around to help build India’s second biggest partnership of the game, adding 33 with Dhoni for the last wicket. With time running out, Dhoni hit out against Junaid, three fours in the 48th over taking him to his 47th half century in ODIs. Junaid bowled Ishant off the last ball however to have the final say. India were bowled out for 165 rendering the 3rd ODI at Delhi on January 6th a dead rubber.
The loss is India’s first in an ODI series at home since a 2-4 result against Australia in 2009.