Pakistan win 1st ODI by 6 wickets
Pakistan beat India by 6 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday to go 1-0 up in the 3 ODI series.
With the city experiencing rain over the past few days, Mohammad Hafeez won an important toss and chose to bowl first. The move worked, India’s top order was clueless against the moving ball as Junaid Khan (4/43) and Mohammad Irfan (1/58) exploited the conditions with good discipline.
Virender Sehwag (8), Gautam Gambhir (4), Virat Kohli (0) and Yuvraj Singh were all bowled playing down the wrong line. When Junaid Khan had Rohit Sharma (44) caught at third slip in the 10th over, India were 29/5.
MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina (43) then batted patiently, adding 73 for the sixth wicket off 142 deliveries even as Hafeez (1/26) and Saeed Ajmal dried up the boundaries. Dhoni was dropped by Misbah ul Haq on 16 and never gave the opposition another chance.
R Ashwin (31*) and MS Dhoni added another 125 runs in an unbroken partnership for the seventh wicket, India’s highest ODI partnership at that position.
Fighting cramps, Dhoni accelerated after reaching his 50 off 86 deliveries with just 2 fours and a six. His late onslaught saw him add five fours and two sixes to that tally, bringing up his hundred off 118 deliveries. He finished on 113* (125b, 4x7, 6xx3), helping India reach 227/6.
The total suddenly seemed big for Pakistan when Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/27) swung in considerably to bowl the in-form Hafeez off the first ball of India’s defense, his first delivery in ODIs.
Nasir Jamshed survived a chance of a run out when he was on 7 but Azhar Ali had no such luck. One ball later he was caught at midwicket off Bhuvneshwar, leaving Pakistan at 21/2.
Jamshed capitalized on his life just like Dhoni, buckling down to not hand India any more favours. Younis Khan was just the man Pakistan needed at the stage and he played support brilliantly. The duo added 112 for the third wicket at a fair clip, in just 121 deliveries.
Jamshed survived an appeal when on 24 and survived another chance on 68 when Yuvraj dropped a sitter, soon after Younis’s dismissal. Virat Kohli slipped and fell while bowling and had to leave to receive medical attention.
Misbah ul Haq (16) and Shoaib Malik (34*) played brisk cameos while Jamshed (101*, 132b, 4x5, 6x1) edged closer to his hundred at the other end, getting there off 127 deliveries eventually. Malik scored the winning runs at the beginning of the 49th over, sealing a 6 wicket win to help Pakistan go 1-0 up in the 3 ODI series.
MS Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Match. The two sides will meet again in the second ODI at Kolkata on January 3rd.