Pakistan win historic series

Published: January 4, 2013

An opening stand of 141 between Jamshed and Hafeez helped Pakistan get the win and continue their unbeaten run against India at the Eden Gardens. PHOTO: BCCI

KOLKATA: 

Misbahul Haq had lost hope of winning the series at Eden Gardens after Pakistan were shot out for 250.

But exceptional performance by the bowlers – complemented aptly by a poor batting display by Indian batsmen – allowed him to smile and celebrate a series-success in India after seven years courtesy the 85-run win under lights in Kolkata yesterday.

“This wasn’t a winning score,” said the captain. “The pitch, the conditions and the strong Indian batting line-up meant that anything under 290 would’ve been difficult to defend. Our score gave us a fighting chance but nothing more. And then our fast-bowlers performed exceptionally well and by the 20th over, the match was firmly in our hands. The conditions have been exploited well by them and the quality of bowling has given us the edge over India in the series.”

India needed just over five an over to square the series. Virendar Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir started steadily, reaching 42 in the 10th over before the threatening Junaid Khan delivered. Umar Gul joined in as first-change and while Mohammad Irfan went wicketless in his opening spell, the awkward bounce and the ability to restrict run-flow remained key in the historic victory.

“It’s a happy occasion for Pakistan. The best thing about it is that we’ve been struggling with fast-bowlers but the way the three bowled in Kolkata, and before, and the kind of backup we have on the bench, it’s a huge sign for Pakistan cricket. The individual contributions are finally converting into wins and it’s brilliant for us. Playing the kind of cricket we’re playing right now, that is an achievement in itself.”

The fighting total, and the win, was ably crafted by left-hand opener Nasir Jamshed who just cannot stop scoring against India. Yesterday, he scored his third consecutive One-Day International century against India. Misbah duly credited Jamshed as the man responsible for taking Pakistan to 250 while his counterpart, MS Dhoni, called dismissing the opener a major challenge ahead of the final match in Delhi on Sunday.

“The score we made was courtesy the start we got,” added Misbah. “Jamshed is good and showing maturity but the best thing about him is that he wants to play through 50 overs. He has the talent and the strokes but his temperament and the composure is key to his success, something that will make him a better player.”

The teams now move on to Delhi for the final match of the tour taking place on Sunday. There is a training session and a High Commission dinner to take place before that but the ‘great win’ already in the bag, according to Misbah, is on level with the 3-0 whitewash over England at the start of last year.

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“It’s disappointing. What you really want is the experienced players to perform so the youngsters can be groomed. If the seniors are not performing, the pressure then piles up on the juniors.”

You can view a slideshow of the match here.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2013.

Reader Comments (31)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 4, 2013 - 1:13AM

    Every member of Pakistani Cricket Team is a pride for Pakistan and I am a proud Pakistani.

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  • Syed
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:01AM

    Cool and calm captain Misbah. You deserved our thanks for the leadership and providing environment to the team to perform positively and give us positive results more often than not. Most importantly with work ethics, hardwork and respect. Last 2.5 yrs you and your team have punched above your weight inspite of the embarassments of crimes, in-fights and emotional instability of the period you inherited as a leader.

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  • Junaid
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:06AM

    Congratulations to Pakistan… but when will Pakistan be safe enough for the Indian team to tour??? Why can’t the Indian team tour… and which cities will it be allowed in… Karachi or Lahore or Rawalpindi or Peshawar… You can gloat all you want right now but at least make the place OK to tour and invite our team sometime soon…

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  • FJ
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:18AM

    We want 3-0!!!

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  • JJ
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:22AM

    LUV TO SEE OUR HEROS IN FULL ACTION TEAM GREEN ZINDABAD.

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  • Supersequel
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:55AM

    I have a strong feeling the old times inshallah are back! May this year bring positive changes to Pakistan in every field!

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  • AllahRukha
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:58AM

    Beating India in her home-ground is not an easy task. Pakistani team deserves the credit for that. However, there are still a number of shortcomings in the Pakistan cricket team. The fielding needs work, the bowlers give away too many extras and above all there is a lack of consistent play. Only a couple of batsmen played well, the rest just came to the ground for a photo shoot.

    Given, the international cricket is taken away from the nation and there is a lot of criticism from media to the team, bravo guys.

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  • Jan 4, 2013 - 3:50AM

    @Supersequel
    I also feel the same feeling of that 80s and 90s when we dominated the World Cricket and our Fast bowlers were nightmares for every batsman.

    Great for Pakistan, Great for Cricket.

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  • Gen pasha retd
    Jan 4, 2013 - 4:17AM

    We must make Pakistan a safe country to give others the confidence to tour……not lip service but real safety which will only happen when we all condemn extremism

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  • SK5
    Jan 4, 2013 - 6:30AM

    What happened to all that talk of boycotting pak-ind matches, lol every single match was sold out. To add insult to injury we out classed your “World Champion” team in front of your own people…..haha aane do/janne do

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  • Baba Ji
    Jan 4, 2013 - 9:01AM

    Shabaash … Indians were fixed right !!!!

    BTW fire Misbah and Younus and we shall be better off …

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  • Mahmood Alajmi
    Jan 4, 2013 - 9:44AM

    Jamshed, Hafeez along with Shoaib Malik and Gul are the true heroes of our country. These sons of Pakistan have done their country proud. They deserve every commendation and award. When everybody full of doom and gloom, these four have shown what this country ordinary people are capable of doing.

    Let it be known that for every venal politician, bureaucrat and military-man there is a Hafeez and Jamshed amongst us.

    Jamshed, Hafeez, Malik and Gul are the best of the best… true HEROES!

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  • Bee
    Jan 4, 2013 - 10:09AM

    After a long time Pakistan has a Natural ODI Team.. Solid Openers, experienced middle order, three paces(which Pakistan was lacking for a couple of years) and talented spinners….

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  • Queen
    Jan 4, 2013 - 10:10AM

    Congratulations Pakistan :) Hum hain Pakistani hum to jeetain gai !!

    No Indian comments here…… one should show some sportsman spirit LOL :)

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  • Indian
    Jan 4, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Well played Pak…..you deserve to win….you out played and out classed us in every sector of the game…Indian team now needs some introspection!

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  • Ryan
    Jan 4, 2013 - 11:51AM

    Well played Pakistan team. You deserved to win the matches because we were outplayed in all the departments of the game. Just like Australia always play a boxing day test at Melbourne on Dec 26th, similarly every year, there should be a full series between these two teams, specified dates and venues. I wish Pakistan was safe enough for International teams to travel and play really competitive cricket. I am amazed by your fast bowler Mohd. Irfan. As Indian I am obviously sad that our team is on the losing side, but I have to admit that the better side won. Let us hope India beats Pakistan at least in Delhi.

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  • GrimmJow
    Jan 4, 2013 - 11:57AM

    Congratz Pakistan! :)

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  • Tongue
    Jan 4, 2013 - 12:13PM

    @Gen pasha retd:
    Please elaborate the meaning of “Extremism”? So that we can condemn the right thing.

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  • Anybodyagree
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:19PM

    JAMSHED…..!!! Left handed Zaheer Abbass, A run getting Machine…..????Recommend

  • Ryan
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:25PM

    @Bee, I agree with you that the Pakistan one-day team is complete now. If world cup was to happen now, they’d be serious contenders.
    @Queen, Congratulations on winning the series. Your team played well and they were deserving winners.
    @Tongue, Extremism means, “Any political theory favoring immoderate and uncompromising policies”, that is exactly what @Gen pasha retd: is referring to. Shooting done on Sri Lankan cricketing team cannot be forgotten for a very long time. Though I am in favor that International Cricket should return to Pakistan

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  • True Picture
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Fantastic series win, congratulations team Pakistan! bad luck to team India. After wining 2011 WC Indian team has slumped significantly raising questions in my mind that whether 2011 WC was credible or not since the way Pakistan team gifted semi-final to India. One last thing, these “anay do” promos by Indian sports channel are really funny, agaye hum aur lay gaye trophy, thank you ;) P.S no more aman ke asha politics in our cricket any more, politicians should stay away from it! Good luck team Pakistan for the last ODI, make it 3-0 :D

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  • indian
    Jan 4, 2013 - 2:51PM

    many congrats to pakistan cricket team, you guys(specially bowlers) deserved this win. good luck.

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  • Expat Indian
    Jan 4, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Well Played Pak. You guys truly deserved to win.

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  • Oops
    Jan 4, 2013 - 4:07PM

    Fantastic victory team green. Icing on the cake however is the India media theater putting the players under the verbal knife :)

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  • Girish
    Jan 4, 2013 - 4:56PM

    @Oops: :) I know you got every reason to enjoy it. But the media is criticizing them because of their performance, not only in this series but the way the are playing from last 1 year. There is a huge politics in team and fights between the players, it is in most of the teams. And now poor Fletcher will be the BALI KA BAKRA. And talking about Pakistan, they played really well, especially bowlers. The Clean Bowleds were awesome,(though it hurt as I am an Indian :) ). But at the end, well done Pak team.

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  • suhas
    Jan 4, 2013 - 5:25PM

    “CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM PAK”Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jan 4, 2013 - 5:48PM

    More than the victory, i am excited for the upcoming fast bowlers Junaid and Irfan. Our team was never the same when we lost Aamir and Asif. New comers have to work hard and be consistent. Pakistan team is not complete without them. Relying on spinners is not our thing. I hope and firmly believe that they will not disappoint us. Good luck team Green!

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  • antanu g
    Jan 4, 2013 - 6:35PM

    @Gen pasha retd:
    it’s about cricket… so let it be that only. don’t mix up EXTREMISM and all such things for appropriate opportunity.I don’t understand why we indians always try to take away the credit Pakistan deserves now and then.Recommend

  • Bharat
    Jan 4, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Pakistan has shown far more focus and determination to win in India. It is not easy and Pakistan deserves this victory.

    As an Indian,its not easy to lose to Pakistan but the intensity with which the Pak team played
    deserves applause.

    They badly wanted to win in India and one could feel it,.

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  • deep state_ment
    Jan 4, 2013 - 9:50PM

    @antanu g
    Please read this link. If South Africa can be boycotted for apartheid, Pakistan can be boycotted for terrorism.India has done a huge favor to Pakistani cricketers by
    giving them opportunities to play in India despite the deep state’s pawns from Dawood to Hafiz Saeed wreaking havoc in India.

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  • antanu g
    Jan 6, 2013 - 1:02AM

    @deep state ment
    don’t talk rubbish.there has been no boycott of Pakistan from any quarter ..so don’t presume anything.we played cricket with them and they won.we must give them credit fir this instead of talking about extremism and politics.sadly we Indian have lost our senses in respect of Pakistan and fail to digest their achievements.Recommend

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