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Pakistan's N Jamshed celebrates his century during the 2nd ODI cricket match against India at Eden Garden.
Pak Beats India by 85 Runs, Clinches Series 2-0
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An insipid India slumped to yet another series defeat with a pathetic display as arch-rivals Pakistan spanked the hosts by 85 runs in the second cricket one-dayer to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here today.

Riding on Nasir Jamshed's second consecutive century, the visitors posted 250 all out and then shot out the Indians for a paltry 165 to record a convincing victory with two overs to spare at the Eden Gardens.

It was yet another woeful display by the famed Indian batting line-up, which has been struggling for sometime now and has been largely responsible for the team's forgettable results in recent times.

The huge defeat to the arch-rivals will now raise questions on the future of some of India's under-performing batting stars, who have let the team down more often than not.

Jamshed (106) notched up his third ODI century, all three coming against India, but Pakistan suffered a dramatic collapse after being at a healthy 141 for no loss at the mid-way stage. Mohammed Hafeez was the other contributor with a rollicking 76 off 74 balls.

The floodgates opened up after the dismissal of Hafeez as none of the other batsmen could hang around for long on a slow Eden Garden track, which made stroke-making difficult after the ball became older.

The Indians needed a good start from their struggling openers -- Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag -- but it did not materialise yet again, putting pressure on the jittery middle-order.

Sehwag (31), Gambhir (11), Virat Kohli (6), Yuvraj Singh (9) and Suresh Raina (18) perished in quick succession to give the visitors the upper hand in what eventually turned out to be a lop-sided contest.

Skipper Dhoni, who scored a heroic unbeaten 113 in the first ODI in Chennai, again provided some resistance with a cautious and unbeaten 54 but wickets kept tumbling at the other end to nullify his efforts.

The series defeat against Pakistan marks another low for the struggling team which suffered an embarrassing Test series debacle against England at home and levelled a T20 series 1-1.

Today's defeat has also rendered the third and final ODI at Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Sunday inconsequential.
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Jan 03, 2013
10:32 PM

TV studios are turned into Fast Track Courts. In Bhindi Bazar style screaming and shouting, news anchors and their Kambli type guests have convicted Dhoni and now baying for his head.

Dhoni’s is definitely at fault. But team’s infighting is clearly visible. Such is pathetic performance by so called famed Indian batting line up that team has failed to touch a modest score of 250.

Top order batsmen were terrified by Pak’s clever but disciplined bowling. Pak fast bowlers were successful in getting help from pitch. Junaid could be Pakistan’s next Wasim Akram.

Sehwag has to perform or show him door. Simple! Kohli should come down from cloud nine. Yuvi couldn’t grasp the bounce and his mistake sealed India’s fate.

Most hurting aspect of this series of defeats is not simply losing the game. Rather the famous and feared aggression of Team India has vanished that was injected by Ganguly and successfully carried over Dhoni until last year.

Dhoni is still not as bad as being portrayed by many. He can still revive Team India but clearly needs help from every corner.

Gambler, Thar
Jan 03, 2013
09:00 PM

And Indians’ ultra obsession to see every ball go outside boundary has virtually brought up situation where blowers playing for Team India look teen street players in sharp contrast to international bowling squads.

We are in this ugly state because of accepted and settled culture of playing on DEAD pitches. Encouragement to play on DEAD pitches is proved to be a deathly blow to fast bowlers.

After Srinath, Prasad and somewhat Zaheer Khan, fast bowlers seems to be disappeared from India without slightest of blame or fault of them. Poor bowlers are forced to bowl on slow pitches where they hardly get any move or bounce.

It’s been ages I saw quality in-swinger or out-swinger from Indian blowers.

Yes, IPL is to blame. But complete infiltration of Gol Gappa look like Rajeev Shukla type people have blocked any technical and skill advancement for new comers.

Gol Gappa Shukla and his thieves in Cricket are slowly killing Indian cricket and enthusiasm of Indian cricket fans. Because of their greed and treating cricketers like machines.

Not that cricketers are blameless but BCCI’s ‘Apna Sapna Money Money’ mission is directly responsible for this mess we are in today.

Gambler, Thar
Jan 03, 2013
08:39 PM

Where is team? Clearly players are not playing but there egos. Multiple groups are playing in Blue Jersey.

Disappointing is not this defeat but the way team was crushed. Absence of zeal to win, which was hallmark of Team India until last year world cup, is easily seen.

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