Bowled over – India vs Pakistan 2nd ODI – By Luqman Liaqat

Nasir Jamshed continued his golden form against India, by striking his third consecutive one-day international century, the left-handed opener helped Pakistan into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with a 85-run victory in Eden Gardens.

This series defeat leaves the world champions recent record in jeopardy, as they have lost eight successive overseas Test matches and the last home Test series against England.

Jamshed struck 12 boundaries and two sixes as he piled misery on India in his sensational innings of 106 setting his team on their way to a series clinching victory.

It was a day to forget for the Indian team as MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to chase under lights.

Jamshed with his fellow opener Mohammed Hafeez put on a superb stand of 141 for the first wicket inside 24 overs.

After a bad start, Ravindra Jadeja kick started India’s fight back by removing Hafeez for a beautifully played 76 when the ball crashed into the stumps. Azhar Ali was run-out as he trotted down the crease when the bowler was appealing for an lbw.

Ishant Sharma dragged momentum into India’s favour with some tight bowling, Raina and Ashwin accounted for Younis Khan and Misbah-Ul-Haq’s wickets leaving Pakistan on 182-4 after 36 overs.

Jamshed kept the scoreboard ticking by bringing up his three figures with a crunching boundary down the ground off Ashwin. His innings came to an end when Jadeja slided one past his bat and Dhoni whipped off the bails.

Shoaib Malik’s late innings of 24 ensured Pakistan reached 250 but the Green shirts lost ten wickets for 109 from the last 24.4 overs of the innings after openers Jamshed and Hafeez laid a solid foundation for the lower order.

India’s chase began steadily with a 42 run partnership; however Junaid Khan was rewarded with a wonderful opening spell silencing a packed Eden-Gardens by removing Ghautam Ghambhir and Virat Kohli for just two when Kamran Akmal took a stunning catch diving to the leg side.

After the first two wickets, India never recovered finding themselves tottering on 70-4 when Umar Gul pinned Virender Sehwag lbw and Yuvraj Singh had a nervy stay eventually edging an attempted pull for nine.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, just like Chennai lacked support at the other end, Suresh Raina fell to Hafeez’s off spin as India went from 42-0 to 95-5.

The India skipper was left isolated as he watched Saeed Ajmal polish off the tail, dismissing Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashok Dinda in space of six balls finishing with figures of 3-20.

Junaid clinched the match and series for Pakistan when he bowled Ishant Sharma claiming his third wicket as India folded to 165-all out leaving Dhoni stranded on an unbeaten 54.

Pakistan have now defeated India in four consecutive matches at Eden Gardens and India will look to avoid a humiliating whitewash when the final ODI of the series takes place in Delhi on Sunday.

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