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Delhi ODI: India snatch unlikely win to avoid whitewash

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January 06, 2013


19:50  - Scorecard

INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN BY 10 RUNS!!!

Pakistan 157 all out (48.5 overs) vs India 167


At one stage, Pakistan were comfortably placed at 113 for three in 34 overs but they lost their way from that stage. They lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs in 14.5 overs to end up on the losing side.

Jadeja was instrumental in India's comeback in the latter stages, taking one for 19 in ten overs. Shami Ahmed shone on his debut, claiming one for 23 in nine overs and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two for 31 in 10 overs.
19:38  Delhi ODI: India snatch unlikely win to avoid whitewash:   - Scorecard

INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN BY 10 RUNS!!!

Pakistan 157 all out (48.5 overs) vs India 167


Ishant bowls a full delivery which Hafeez smashes down to mid-off where Raina half stops it despite slipping and Hafeez turns down the single.

Hafeez then attempts to play the paddle scoop but Ishant tries a slower ball which is a huge wide on the off-side. The next ball is again wide and full and Hafeez chips it over point for a boundary. 18 needed from 10 balls.

The next ball is again short of length and Hafeez pulls it through midwicket for a couple. 16 needed from 9 balls.

The fifth ball is in the slot, a half volley outside the off-stump which Hafeez lofts over the cover for a boundary. 12 from 8 balls.

Ishant then bowls a beamer, a high full toss, which Hafeez hits straight to the short fine leg fielder. Irfan has charged down to the batting end and is sent back but Ishant fails to break the stumps after getting the throw from the fielder. 11 needed from 8 balls.

Hafeez looks to chip over the leg side but is caught at midwicket by Yuvraj as India snatch an unlikely victory.
19:31  Pakistan need 23 from 2 overs for victory:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 145-9 (48 overs) vs India 167

Debutant Ahmed bowling under pressure here. The first ball is in the channel and Ajmal is beaten as he tries to play it through the off-side. The next ball is again outside the off-stump which Ajmal tries to steer to thirdman but gets an edge to Dhoni to gift Ahmed his first wicket in international cricket.

Brilliant bowling from Ahmed under pressure in his debut match!

And Pakistan throw away another wicket. Junaid Khan hits it on the off-side where Raina makes a diving stop at short cover but the batsman is halfway down the pitch before he is sent back by Hafeez. Raina gathers himself and hits the wicket at the batsmen's end to effect a run out as Pakistan slip further.

What a remarkable turnaround from the Indian bowlers!!

The tall Mohammad Irfan drives the first ball to mid-off and this time the Pakistan don't attempt a run.

Irfan lets the next ball go through to the keeper as Ahmed continues to move the ball away while blocking the final ball of that over.

Ahmed bowls a wicket maiden, his fourth of the innings, and his figures now read one for 23 in in nine overs which include four maiden overs. Take a bow young man!
19:23  Pakistan need 23 from 3 overs for victory:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 145-7 (47 overs) vs India 167

Ishant replaces Shami Ahmed to bowl the 47th over which means the young Bengal pacer will bowl the 48th and 50th over.

The first ball is on the mark and Gul taps it back to the bowler. He has had enough and chances his arm but holes a catch to Jadeja at long-on as Pakistan losing their grip on the match.

Gul is dismissed for a strange knock of 11 from 28 balls with Pakistan needing 24 from 22 balls for victory with three wickets in hand now.

Pakistan in danger of throwing this match away from a position where they should they registered an easy victory with lots of overs to spare. But strange things happen in cricket and credit to the Indian bowlers for never losing hope.

New batsman Saeed Ajmal hits the third ball to the cover fielder and then looks to pull the next ball but misses it and hits his body for a bye on the off-side.

Hafeez is beaten outside the off-stump as Ishant gets it leave the right-hander.

What a superb over from Ishant, just a single and the wicket of Gul.

23 needed from 18 balls now.



19:15  Pakistan need 24 from 4 overs for victory:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 144-6 (46 overs) vs India 167

Jadeja comes on to bowl his final over. Gul cannot find the gaps off the first four balls as Jadeja bowls it flat and straight. The fifth ball is on the pads as it hits Gul on the pads and they sneak a quick leg bye.

The last ball turns and spins and Hafeez is beaten all ends up. Jadeja ends a good spell of one for 19 in ten overs and has played a big role in keeping India alive in this contest.
19:12  Pakistan need 25 from 5 overs for victory:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 143-6 (45 overs) vs India 167

Ahmed will bowl in a pressure situation with 27 needed from 36 balls for victory. The first ball is hit to point for no runs but Hafeez gets the second ball in the gap and gets two runs before Ishant can field at sweeper cover.

The third ball is on the spot and Hafeez can only defend it back to the bowler as he does with the next delivery. He then tries to force it through the off-side but Kohli makes a good stop at point to keep Hafeez on strike before the last ball is also hit back to the bowler.

Just two runs from the over as Pakistan make it tight with 25 needed from five overs for victory.


19:09  Pakistan need 27 from 6 overs for victory:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 141-6 (44 overs) vs India 167

Hafeez plays Ashwin to the off-side for one. Gul plays a dot ball before turning it to deep midwicket for one. Hafeez steers it behind point for another single.

Ashwin then has a very close appeal for LBW against Gul turned down by umpire Sudhir Asnani. Gul missed the straight ball and was hit on the back leg and that was as plumb as any LBW you would get but umpire Asnani got it wrong.

Ashwin finishes with ordinary figures of two for 47 in ten overs on a wicket where all the batsmen struggled for runs. A better performance from Ashwin could have well put India in a much better position but he disappointed yet again as he has been in all his recent games.
19:05   - Scorecard

Pakistan 138-6 (43 overs) vs India 167

Ahmed bowls a good length to Gul who defends the first three balls. The third ball is short and wide and Gul times it perfectly past the point fielder for a boundary. Ahmed giving away a boundary each in his last two overs to help Pakistan release the pressure.

He shows some anger hitting Gul with a quick bouncer that strikes him on the helmet and the young Ahmed even has a few words to tell the batsmen after that blow.


18:59  Pakistan need 34 from 8 overs for victory:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 134-6 (42 overs) vs India 167

Ashwin comes back and he will bowl from round the wicket, operating with a slip and a leg slip. The first four balls are milked for singles by the two batsmen. Hafeez then tries to play the paddle sweep but it goes straight to Rahane at leg slip, who drops the easy chance.

Pakistan now need 34 runs from eight overs for victory.
18:54  - Scorecard

Pakistan 130-6 (41 overs) vs India 167

Shami Ahmed back into the attack. Hafeez gets a thick outside edge off the first delivery for a single to the thirdman region. Gul is beaten off the next ball and he lets the next ball go to the keeper and hits the next ball on the off-side.

The fifth ball is on the slot and Gul slams it through the covers for a much needed boundary while offering no shot to the last delivery.

Pakistan need 38 runs from nine overs for victory.
18:50  Jadeja strikes to keep India in the hunt:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 125-6 (40 overs) vs India 167

It is the last over of Batting Powerplay and Pakistan looking to attack Jadeja. Hafeez tries to loft it over the off-side but mistimes it and it goes on the bounce to the fielder at long-off.

Akmal's impatience finally costs him his wicket. He gives Jadeja the charge but the spinner beats him and Dhoni completes the stumping to dismiss Akmal for 25 and make the match more interesting.

Pakistan's tail begins as Umar Gul walks out to bat. India will be looking to keep it tight and force the batsmen into mistakes.

Gul plays three dot balls to end the over in which Jadeja has conceded just a single while picking up a wicket. His figures read one for 19 in nine overs.

Pakistan need 43 runs from 10 overs for victory with four wickets in hand. They lost two for 12 in the last five overs to give India some hope.
18:44  - Scorecard

Pakistan 124-5 (39 overs) vs India 167

Hafeez hits the first ball from Ishant through point where Kohli's diving stop saves some runs. Ishant then slips one on the pads which Hafeez helps to the fine leg region for a single.

Akmal cannot find the gap on the off-side as he plays out three dot balls.
18:42  - Scorecard

Pakistan 123-5 (38 overs) vs India 167

Jadeja comes on to bowl his eighth over. Hafeez gets an inside edge for a single off the third ball. Akmal decides to attack Jadeja as he lofts him on the leg side but fails to get enough connection and it falls in the vacant spaces on the leg side for two runs.

Pakistan need 45 from 12 overs for victory.
18:38  Malik out for 5, Pak lose 5th wicket:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 120-5 (37 overs) vs India 167

Ishant Sharma is back into the attack despite Ashwin picking up a wicket in his previous over. The first ball is a bit short and Malik hits it behind point for a boundary.

Ishant then strikes back with the wicket of Malik, who is trapped leg before wicket for five.

Mohammad Hafeez, who injured his left thumb in the field, walks out to bat at No. 6. He gets a thick outside edge off the fifth ball to get off the mark.

India have taken two wickets for seven runs in the last three overs to keep themselves in the hunt.
18:29  - Scorecard

Pakistan 115-4 (36 overs) vs India 167

The Batting Powerplay is active now as Jadeja comes on to bowl. Akmal cuts the first ball as Rahane makes a diving stop at point to keep it down to one.

Malik keen to get off the mark trying to find the gap through the off-side. He plays a good drive off the fourth ball but Yuvraj makes a diving stop and stops the runs. He tries to cut the next ball but it comes back and bounces to hit his gloves.

An impatient Malik chips the next ball over the cover region for a single.
18:26  Misbah out for 39 but Pakistan in control:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 113-4 (35 overs) vs India 167

Against the run of play, Ashwin gets another wicket. Misbah must be annoyed with himself as he hits a full delivery on the pads straight into the hands of Rahane at leg slip to be dismissed for a steady knock of 39 from 82 balls.

But Pakistan are still in control and they now need 55 runs in 95 balls for victory.

India need a few more wickets in succession to make a match out of this. New batsman Shoaib Malik is cautious to start off and watchfully plays the first three balls he faces. Ashwin then bowls the quicker ball that goes straight and Malik is beaten outside the off-stump.

A wicket maiden for Ashwin.
18:21  - Scorecard

Pakistan 113-3 (34 overs) vs India 167

For a change Jadeja gives the ball some flight and it turns and bounce to beat Misbah. But he turns the next ball on the leg side for two runs to bring up the 50-run partnership from 13 overs for the fourth wicket to take his team closer to a series whitewash.


18:16  - Scorecard

Pakistan 110-3 (33 overs) vs India 167

On a wicket where runs are hard to come by, Ashwin has been hit for more than five runs per over for 1-32 in six overs.

He starts his new over with a full toss which Akmal eases through the covers for a four. And three balls later he sweeps it over the square leg region for the second boundary of the over.

Ashwin has given away 40 runs in seven overs. Disappointing stuff!
18:15  - Scorecard

Pakistan 102-3 (32 overs) vs India 167

Jadeja runs through his fifth over, bowling a quick maiden as he keeps it flat and on the wickets. Misbah is on hurry and is content to play out the over.
18:13  - Scorecard

Pakistan 102-3 (31 overs) vs India 167

Misbah and Akmal milk Ashwin for singles from the first three balls of his sixth over to bring up Pakistan's 100 in the 31st over.

He turns the fourth ball fine on the leg side for two runs as Pakistan reach 102 for three after 31 overs.

Despite a wicket in his first over, Ashwin has been disappointing giving away 32 runs in six overs.
18:08  - Scorecard

Pakistan 97-3 (30 overs) vs India 167

Pakistan in control with 72 needed from 21 overs for victory and seven wickets in hand.

Jadeja keeps it steady as Misbah blocks the first two balls and takes a single from the third ball. Akmal struggling to find the gaps and plays out the last three balls of that over.
18:06  - Scorecard

Pakistan 96-3 (29 overs) vs India 167

India not able to make an impact in the middle overs with the two spinners not able to make much of an impact. Misbah seems unperturbed as he drives the second ball of Ashwin's new over to long-on for one.

Akmal plays a few good drives but all them go straight to fielders as Ashwin concedes just a single in that over.

18:04  - Scorecard

Pakistan 95-3 (28 overs) vs India 167

Jadeja to Misbah, who defends the first ball on the off-side and the second too. He gets an inside edge off the third ball for a single on the leg side. Akmal plays the next two balls cautiously before unleashing a cracking cover drive for a boundary.
18:03  - Scorecard

Pakistan 90-3 (27 overs) vs India 167

Umar Akmal is playing cautiously as he defends the first two balls from Ashwin before taking a single on the leg side. Ashwin then bowls another wide on the leg side as he struggles to control the turn. Misbah drives the last ball down to long-off for a single.
18:01  - Scorecard

Pakistan 87-3 (26 overs) vs India 167

Misbah taps the second ball from Jadeja's new over to the point region for one. Two balls later Akmal hits to the cover region for another single. Misbah is then beaten all ends as Jadeja gets one to turn and bounce.

Pakistan are 87 for three in 26 overs.
18:00  Indian bowlers fight but Pakistan on top:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 85-3 (25 overs) vs India 167

Akmal drives the second ball of Ashwin's third over down to long-on for a single. A few balls later he bowls another big wide down the leg side for five wides as Pakistan prosper again.

Pakistan are 85 for three at the halfway stage and need 83 from 25 overs for victory.
17:58  - Scorecard

Pakistan 76-3 (24 overs) vs India 167

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now in place of Ishant, who bowled a good first spell of six overs in which he conceded just 17 runs.

Misbah drives the second ball to long-off for one. Akmal defends the next two balls before a single to sweeper cover and Misbah (27) is dropped off the last ball of that over. Jadeja got one to grip and turn but Dhoni failed to hold it.
17:51  - Scorecard

Pakistan 74-3 (23 overs) vs India 167

Ashwin to Umar Akmal, who looks for a quick single but is sent back by his captain. Ashwin giving it plenty of air as Akmal drives it on the leg side but Raina makes a good stop at midwicket. He hits the fifth ball to sweeper cover for one before Misbah gets one to the same region.
17:49  - Scorecard

Pakistan 72-3 (22 overs) vs India 167

Sharma starts with a full pitched delivery on the pads which Misbah helps through the square leg region for a boundary. However, he gets his line and length right for the rest of the over as Misbah can only defend the remaining five balls.
17:47  Ashwin strikes, Pakistan lose 3rd wicket:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 68-3 (21 overs) vs India 167

So finally we have spin as off-spinner R Ashwin comes into the attack. Misbah takes a single from the first ball while Jamshed rocks back and flays the short ball through midwicket for a boundary.

But Ashwin gets his revenge as Jamshed is dismissed leg before wicket for 34. The left-hander attempted to play the reverse sweep off a full delivery but missed and was caught right in front of the stumps. That is an important breakthrough for India.

Ashwin then bowls a horror delivery way down the leg side which even Dhoni missed for five wides.

Pakistan are 68 for three after 21 overs.
17:35  - Scorecard

Pakistan 56-2 (20 overs) vs India 167

Misbah taps the ball to mid-off to take a single. Jamshed looks to steer it to thirdman but it goes on the bounce to the fielder at second slip and he defends the next ball. He cuts the next ball but Jadeja makes a good stop, while he defends the next two balls.

Pakistan are 56 for two in 20 overs. At the same stage, India were 75 for four.

Pakistan now need 112 from 30 overs for victory, with eight wickets in hand.
17:30  - Scorecard

Pakistan 55-2 (19 overs) vs India 167

Kumar comes on to bowl his final over. Jamshed defends the first four balls before he crashes the fifth delivery through the covers for a boundary as Kumar concedes just four in his final over.

Kumar ends with good figures of two for 31 in 10 overs having bowled his 10 overs on the trot.
17:26  - Scorecard

Pakistan 51-2 (18 overs) vs India 167

Jamshed is beaten yet again outside the off-stump by Ishant and he takes a single from the next delivery to the fine leg region. Two balls later Misbah edges it to the thirdman region for another single. Jamshed continues to live a charmed as he is beaten off the fifth ball while the thick outside edge off the final delivery goes through gully to thirdman for one.

Pakistan reach 51 for two in 18 overs with Jamshed on 26 from 51 balls and Misbah on 18 from 39 balls.
17:24  Jamshed, Misbah steady Pakistan:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 48-2 (17 overs) vs India 167

Kumar is set to bowl out here as he comes on to bowl his ninth over. Jamshed plays the first ball to thirdman for a single and Misbah defends the next ball.

Three balls later he crashes a full delivery through the covers for a boundary as Pakistan continue to look steady.
17:18  - Scorecard

Pakistan 43-2 (16 overs) vs India 167

Ishant slips down the leg side and Misbah drives it behind square on the leg side for a boundary. So that's two boundaries in a row for Pakistan, who have struggled so far to get the scoreboard moving.

A single each for the two batsmen in that over as Pakistan reach 43 for two in 16 overs at the first drinks break.

17:10  Pacers lead India's fightback vs Pak:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 37-2 (15 overs) vs India 167

Dhoni decides to continue with Kumar, who will bowl the eighth over of his first spell. Jamshed flicks the first ball fine on the leg side where Ahmed runs to his left and makes a good stop just inches inside the ropes with his foot to save a four and give just two runs. The left-hander taps the next ball on the leg side for one and two balls later Misbah turns it to deep square leg for another single.

Jamshed tries to drive the last ball but gets a thick outside edge which flies past second slip for a four.
17:07  - Scorecard

Pakistan 29-2 (14 overs) vs India 167

Jamshed steers the first ball from Ishant to the thirdman region for one. Misbah is then beaten outside the off-stump as he dabs his bat at it and gets beaten off the next ball too as he tries to force it through the off-side.

Ishant concedes just a single from that over as Misbah is forced to defend the five deliveries of that over.
17:05  - Scorecard

Pakistan 28-2 (13 overs) vs India 167

Misbah gets an inside edge off Kumar's first delivery, who is bowling his seventh over. He over-pitches the second ball which Misbah drives down the ground past mid-off for a boundary. However, Kumar gets his length right from the rest of the over to keep Misbah glued to that end.


16:57  Pakistan struggle after two early wickets:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 24-2 (12 overs) vs India 167

India make the first bowling change with Ishant Sharma replacing Ahmed, who bowled a good first spell of five overs, conceding just 12, and included three maiden overs to Jamshed.

Jamshed taps the first ball to point before he turns the next on the leg side for one. Misbah lets the third ball go through before turning the next ball on the leg side and then steers it past point for one. Jamshed plays out the last ball.
16:55  - Scorecard

Pakistan 22-2 (11 overs) vs India 167

Kumar continues, coming on to bowl his sixth over. Misbah is quite watchful in that over, not willing to push at the deliveries outside the off-stump and plays out a maiden over from Kumar, whose excellent figures read two for 10 in six overs, including two maidens.

Pakistan are in no hurry at the moment as with 146 needed from 39 overs, with the required run rate at 3.74.
16:53  - Scorecard

Pakistan 22-2 (10 overs) vs India 167

Misbah steers Ahmed's second ball to the thirdman region for a single. Jamshed breaks the shackles as he pulls a short ball over midwicket for a four. On the two occasion that Ahmed has dropped short, Jamshed has pulled him for boundaries. The next ball is full and quick and nearly breaks through Jamshed's defence but the inside edge carries it past the stumps for two runs.

Pakistan are 22 for two in 10 overs. At the same stage, India were 38 for three.
16:45  - Scorecard

Pakistan 15-2 (9 overs) vs India 167

Three slips in place and yet Misbah-ul-Haq tries to steer it to the thirdman and gets an edge but it falls short of Suresh Raina at third slip.

He is playing very cautiously as the fourth ball hits the inside edge and goes on the leg side for a single. Jamshed continues to bat patiently and plays out the last two balls of that over.
16:41  - Scorecard

Pakistan 14-2 (8 overs) vs India 167

Ahmed has been impressive with the new balls, especially when bowling to the in-form Jamshed. The left-hander is beaten outside the off-stump as he looks to drive it through the covers but misses. The next ball bounces a bit more and Jamshed has no clue again. The third ball darts in sharply hitting Jamshed on the pads who is late on the flick.

Jamshed carefully defends the last three balls as Ahmed bowls his third maiden over again the left-hander.

Pakistan are struggling at 14 for two in eight overs, chasing 168 for victory.
16:36  Kumar's double strike lifts India:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 14-2 (7 overs) vs India 167

Kumar continues to keep it tight. Younis looking to break free as he drives the fourth ball through point but Kohli's diving stop saves runs for India, who have been brilliant on the field so far.

Kumar then makes another breakthrough as Younis is bowled through the gate for six. He looked to drive through the covers but the ball came in sharply and the slight edge carried it on to his stumps.

India back in the hunt now as Pakistan are reduced to 14 for two in the seventh over.

Kumar has made most of bowling with the new ball in helpful conditions, taking two for nine in four overs.
16:31  - Scorecard

Pakistan 14-1 (6 overs) vs India 167

Ahmed, who has not conceded a run in his first two overs, finally concedes a run as Younis pushes to the covers and steals a quick single.

Ahmed then continues to bowl dot balls to Jamshed who is content to defend. He drives it through the covers but again Rahane makes a full length dive to save a boundary.

Ahmed then drops one short and Jamshed pulls it behind square on the leg side for his first boundary that also breaks the shackles.
16:28  Pakistan struggle after early wicket:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 9-1 (5 overs) vs India 167

Kumar beats Younis with the first ball of his third over before the right-hander defends the next two balls and then takes one to mid-on. Jamshed plays another two dot balls as his score stays at three from 18 balls.

India's opening bowlers have put on the pressure as Pakistan have struggled to nine for one in five overs.
16:24  - Scorecard

Pakistan 8-1 (4 overs) vs India 167

Jamshed defends the first ball of Ahmed's second over down the pitch and does the same to the next delivery. Jamshed drives the third ball through the covers where Rahane makes an excellent diving stop to save a boundary. The left-hander fails to get any runs off the remaining three deliveries as Ahmed bowls two maiden overs in a trot to start his international career.

16:20  Kumar strikes, Akmal out for a duck:   - Scorecard

Pakistan 8-1 (3 overs) vs India 167

Kumar strikes with the first ball of his second over. Akmal plays on the backfoot to an incoming delivery which strikes him right in front of the stumps to dismiss him leg before wicket for a duck.

Three slips in place for new batsman Younis Khan, who taps the first ball to the point region. Kumar then tries a bouncer but it goes high over the batsman and is called a wide.

Younis gets off the mark in cracking fashion as he punches a short wide ball through the covers for a stylish boundary.


16:15  - Scorecard

Pakistan 3-0 (2 overs) vs India 167

Debutant Nasir Jamshed to bowl the second over. Jamshed offers no shot to the first three balls before he is beaten off the fourth ball as he throws his bat at one outside the off-stump. The last two balls are also right on the spot as Ahmed starts his international career with a maiden over.
16:09  Pakistan chase 168 for series whitewash:  - Scorecard

Pakistan 3-0 (1 over) vs India 167

Pakistan have a new opening pair as Nasir Jamshed walks out to open with Kamran Akmal, who will open in place of the injured Mohammad Hafeez, who hurt his left thumb while fielding.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will bowl the first over for India. Jamshed lets the first two balls go through to the keeper before clipping the third past midwicket for two runs and the next to fine leg for one.

Kamran Akmal taps the first ball to point before he is beaten off the last delivery.

15:29  India 167 all out as batsmen fail again:  - Scorecard

India 167 all out (43.4 overs) vs Pakistan

Another disappointing batting performance from the Indian team as they don't even last the 50 overs. Raina (31) and Dhoni (36) were the only two batsmen to get past the 30-run mark while the rest struggled again to come to grips with the variety that the Pakistan bowling line-up had to offer.

Ajmal finishes with career best figures of five for 24 bettering his previous best of five for 43.

At this stage, Pakistan are the favourites to make it a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series.
15:23  Ajmal takes 5, India bowled out for 167:  - Scorecard

India 167 all out (43.4 overs) vs Pakistan

With just one wicket left, Jadeja decides to attack Ajmal. He lofts down the track and lofts the off-spinner over long-on for a six.

Two balls later he attempts another big shot but holes out a simple catch to Umar Akmal at long-on.

Jadeja is dismissed for 27 (39 balls) as India are bowled out for 167 in 43.4 overs.

Ajmal finishes with excellent figures of five for 25 in 9.4 overs.
15:19  - Scorecard

India 161-9 (43 overs) vs Pakistan

Debutant Shami Ahmed walks out to bat at No.11 for India. Jadeja takes one from Junaid's first ball to bring Ahmed on strike, who watchfully steers his first ball in international cricket straight to the point fielder.

Junaid goes round the wicket and tries a bouncer at Ahmed who sways out of the way. The next ball is too good for Ahmed who is caught fishing outside the off-stump and is lucky not to have edged it.

The last ball is a quick full toss which Ahmed can't get hit and it passes close to the off-stump.
15:15  Ajmal takes 4, India lose 9th wicket:  - Scorecard

India 160-9 (42 overs) vs Pakistan

Ishant gets off the mark in style with a boundary as he lofts Ajmal over mid-off and immediately Pakistan send the fielder back.

Three balls later Ishant chips it to long-on as it bounces a few times before the fielder stops it and Jadeja gets one to the same region.

Ishant tries another big shot but fails to get enough connection as Ajmal comes up with a good catch on his follow through. Ishant is dismissed for five to give Ajmal his fourth wicket. 
15:11  Indian batting fails yet again, Pak on top:  - Scorecard

India 154-8 (41 overs) vs Pakistan

Junaid, who bowled a magnificent first spell of one for 12 in seven overs, comes back for another spell. Jadeja flicks the fourth delivery through midwicket for two runs before he drives a full toss down the ground where Gul runs across to keep it down to two runs.

Just four runs from the over as India reach 154 for eight in 41 overs.
15:07  - Scorecard

India 150-8 (40 overs) vs Pakistan

The Batting Powerplay also didn't work out for India, who scored just 22 runs in the five overs while losing two wickets.

Jadeja plays Ajmal to deep midwicket for one to bring up India's 150 in the 40th over. Ishant continues to defend offering a straight back to everything pitched at him, not trying anything fancy as Ajmal concedes just a single.
15:02  - Scorecard

India 149-8 (39 overs) vs Pakistan

Jadeja has decided to cut loose now. He chips down the track to Gul and lofts him back over his head for a six to make use of the last over of Batting Powerplay.

Gul then bowls a wide down the leg side before Jadeja steers it to thirdman for a single. Ishant Sharma plays out the rest of the over.

 
14:55  Ajmal takes 3, India lose 8th wicket:   - Scorecard

India 141-8 (38 overs) vs Pakistan

Ajmal strikes again, in his seventh over. The ace off-spinner bowled the doosra which Kumar didn't pick up at all as he tried to play across the line on the leg side but missed and was trapped leg before wicket for two.

Ajmal's wonderful figures read three for 11 in seven overs.
14:49  - Scorecard

India 139-7 (37 overs) vs Pakistan

Bhuvneshwar Kumar defends the first ball to the covers before Gul gets it to reverse swing and strikes the youngster on the pads but the ball is sliding down the leg side and umpire turns down the LBW appeal.

Two balls later Kumar tries to cut a short ball but gets an edge which is spilled by Younis at first slip as Akmal distracts him by diving in front of him. And to add salt to injury the ball hits the helmet behind the stumps to give India five extra runs. Kumar then taps it on the leg side for a single and Jadeja defends the last ball of that over.


14:47  - Scorecard

India 133-7 (36 overs) vs Pakistan

Ajmal continues to bowl as Pakistan will look to bowl out India as soon as possible. Jadeja plays four dot balls before stroking it down the ground where the long-off fielder runs around and makes a good stop to keep it down to two.

Just two runs from that over as Ajmal's figures currently read two for nine in six overs.
14:42  Dhoni out for 36, India in tatters:   - Scorecard

India 131-7 (35 overs) vs Pakistan

India have taken the Batting Powerplay at the end of the 34th over. Perhaps Dhoni will look to take on the bowlers and somehow take his team past the 200-run mark.

He slaps the first ball from Gul to the covers but cannot beat the fielder there. Dhoni flicks the second ball past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary as Gul comes under some punishment again.

However, Gul gets his revenge as Dhoni cuts it straight to the fielder at backward point to be dismissed for the first time in the series. Dhoni walks back after scoring 36 from 55 balls to leave his team in complete shambles at 131 for seven in the 35th over.


14:36  - Scorecard

India 127-6 (34 overs) vs Pakistan

Hafeez to bowl his final over. Jadeja flicks the first ball on the leg side for two runs before he is unable to score any runs from the next four deliveries. He ends the over with a single as Hafeez finishes an excellent spell of one for 44 in 10 overs. 
14:33  - Scorecard

India 125-6 (33 overs) vs Pakistan

Pacer Gul back into the attack now. Dhoni plays the first three balls watchfully before taking a few steps down the track and flicking Gul to deep square leg for one. Jadeja plays the last ball for a single as India continue to bat with caution as the score trickles to 125 for six in 33 overs.
14:29  India's batting woes continue in Pak ODIs:  - Scorecard

India 123-6 (32 overs) vs Pakistan

Hafeez bowls one down the leg side as Dhoni looks to play it fine but misses and keeper Akmal and the bowler appeal for a caught behind but umpire Bowden turns down the appeal.

Dhoni then smashes it back powerfully as Hafeez sticks his hand out trying to catch it and dislocates his left thumb in the process and is getting treatment from the physio.

Three singles from the last three balls of that over as India reach 123 for six in 32 overs.
14:19  - Scorecard

India 119-6 (31 overs) vs Pakistan

Dhoni pushes the first ball from Ajmal back to the bowler and he defends the next three balls before a single from the fifth delivery. Jadeja is beaten off the final delivery and he is yet to open his account from six balls.
14:18  - Scorecard

India 118-6 (30 overs) vs Pakistan

Dhoni has changed gears now. He jumps down the track and heaves it over midwicket for his third six against Hafeez before taking a single to deep midwicket.

Jadeja plays five dot balls as India's disappointing batting showing continues.

India are 118 for six in 30 overs with Dhoni on 28 from 37 balls, having hit three sixes.
14:13  Ajmal's double puts Pakistan in control:   - Scorecard

India 111-6 (29 overs) vs Pakistan

India are being watchful against Ajmal. Raina defends the first three balls before he is trapped leg before wicket by Ajmal. The left-hander looked to play the forward defensive shot but was struck right in front of the stumps and was given out LBW after a watchful knock of 31 from 60 balls.

R Ashwin comes ahead of Ravindra Jadeja but the promotion fails as he is dismissed off the very first delivery. He tries to play off the backfoot but misses the off-spinning delivery and is caught plumb in front of the wickets.

Ajmal on a hat-trick now!! The Nelson (111) has struck for India with two wickets in a row as India face another batting disaster.

Jadeja averts the hat-trick as he defends the last ball on the off-side.
14:06   - Scorecard

India 111-4 (28 overs) vs Pakistan

The Pakistan spinners have continued to keep things tight by bowling a good line and length. Raina chips down the track but Hafeez again is quick to adjust his length and he can only defend it. Raina gets a single from the third ball before Hafeez bowls a wide down the leg side.

Dhoni then decides to break the shackles as he chips down the track and lofts it over midwicket for a six to take India past the 100-run mark. He repeats the dose off the next ball as he lofts it over long-on for another maximum and the crowd have woken up again and started cheering for India.

14 runs from the over as India reach 111 for four after 28 overs.
14:02  - Scorecard

India 97-4 (27 overs) vs Pakistan

Raina defends the first two balls from Ajmal before a single to the covers. Dhoni once again struggle to find the gaps and the last three balls of that over are dot balls.

Dhoni is struggling on nine from 32 balls as India reach 97 for four after 27 overs.
14:00  - Scorecard

India 96-4 (26 overs) vs Pakistan

Raina drives the first ball back down the pitch where Hafeez makes a good stop but he finds the gap off the next ball for a single.

Dhoni hits the next four balls on the leg side as Hafeez bowls another tight over as his figures read one for 17 in six overs with India scoring just 12 runs from the last five overs.
13:57  - Scorecard

India 95-4 (25 overs) vs Pakistan

Ajmal to bowl the 25th over. He bowls the second ball down the leg side and it is ruled a wide. Just three runs from that over as India reach 95 for four at the halfway stage.

Raina is on 28 from 42 balls and Dhoni on nine from 25 balls.
13:56  - Scorecard

India 92-4 (24 overs) vs Pakistan

It's spin from both ends now. Raina flicks Hafeez to deep square leg for one and Dhoni chips down the track but is forced to defend as the spinner adjusts his length and hits the next ball to midwicket.

The Indian captain then plays the fourth ball to midwicket for a single before Raina can't get runs from the last two balls to end the over.


13:50  - Scorecard

India 90-4 (23 overs) vs Pakistan

Finally Saeed Ajmal comes into the attack now. Raina plays the first ball carefully off the backfoot before turning the second on the leg side for one.

Dhoni plays the fourth delivery to the off-side for one and Raina drives it long-on for one as four runs come from Ajmal's first over.
13:49  Top order fails again as India struggle:  - Scorecard

India 87-4 (22 overs) vs Pakistan

Hafeez continues as Pakistan decide to hold back their premier spinner Saeed Ajmal. Raina takes a single from the first ball and Dhoni plays the next three balls watchfully before punching it down to long-off for one and Raina does the same off the next ball.
13:48  Meanwhile Sachin Tendulkar has scored a half-century for Mumbai against Baroda in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.

Tendulkar, who started cautiously, has stroked his way to a fluent 60 from 109 balls and Jaffer has eased his way to 72 from 154 balls as Mumbai have scored 154 for two in 50 overs in their first innings on day one at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
13:44  - Scorecard

India 84-4 (21 overs) vs Pakistan

Raina hits the first ball from Gul to sweeper cover for one and Dhoni also picks one from the next ball. A single each for the two batsmen from the next two balls before Raina lofts it over the cover region for a boundary.

Raina then turns the last ball to deep midwicket for one to keep the strike.

13:41  - Scorecard

India 75-4 (20 overs) vs Pakistan

Dhoni takes a single from the first ball of Hafeez's third over. Two balls later Raina chips down the track and lofts Hafeez back over his head for a six, the first of the match. He defends the next two balls before a single to long-off.

India have reached 75 for four from 20 overs, having scored 14 runs from the last five overs.

Raina is on 15 from 34 balls and Dhoni on four from nine balls.
13:39  - Scorecard

India 67-4 (19 overs) vs Pakistan

Gul to bowl his third over. Dhoni runs the first ball down to third man for one before Raina continues his defensive approach, playing the next three deliveries watchfull before getting one to midwicket. And Dhoni squeezes out a full ball on the leg side for another single.
13:34  - Scorecard

India 64-4 (18 overs) vs Pakistan

New batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is watchful against Hafeez. The Indian captain defends the first four balls before a single to long-on from the fifth ball. And Raina continues to defend as India reach 64 for four after 18 overs.
13:30  - Scorecard

India 63-4 (17 overs) vs Pakistan

Despite conceding 18 runs in his first over, Misbah decides to persist with Gul. Raina lets the first ball go and defends the next ball to mid-on. The left-hander is beaten off the third ball as Gul gets the ball to move and Raina defends the last three balls.

A good comeback by Gul as he bowls a maiden over after that horror first over.
13:26  Yuvraj out for 23, India lose 4th wicket:  - Scorecard

India 63-4 (16 overs) vs Pakistan

Part-timer Mohammad Hafeez into the attack now and again ahead of regular spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Yuvraj turns the first ball on the leg side for one and Raina drives it to long-off for another single. Yuvraj defends the next delivery before being beaten off the next ball as he looks to play it on the leg side.

India sink further as Yuvraj is bowled by Hafeez for 23 from as many balls. Hafeez got one to turn big and Yuvraj could not do anything except watch it spin past his bat and strike his off-stump/
13:19  Yuvraj, Raina steady India after early wkts:  - Scorecard

India 61-3 (15 overs) vs Pakistan

The first bowling change for Pakistan as Gul replaces Irfan, who took two for 28 in seven overs in his first spell.

He starts with a short ball which Raina pulls on the leg side for one. Yuvraj then drives the next delivery through the cover region for a boundary, only the sixth four for India in the 15th over.

Gul then tries another short ball which Yuvraj looks to pull but misses and it is called a wide. Gul continues to drop it short and Yuvraj swats it back over the bowler's head for a boundary to bring up India's 50.

Gul switches to round the wicket and continues to bounce Yuvraj, who plays the pull again but it hits the toe of the bat and it goes on the bounce to mid-on.

Yuvraj is on fire at the moment as he drives it through the covers for a couple before Gul bowls a no-ball which Yuvraj turns on the leg side for one.

The free hit ball is smashed over midwicket for a four by Raina as India get 18 runs in that over to break the shackles.

Yuvraj has raced to 22 from 19 balls having hit four boundaries and Raina is on six from 17 balls. The duo have put on 24 from 5.3 overs to steady the innings.
13:11  - Scorecard

India 43-3 (14 overs) vs Pakistan

Junaid will also keep bowling, into his seventh over now. The ball continues to move away as Yuvraj is beaten outside the off-stump as he looks to drive it. He gets behind the next delivery and defends it and taps the next ball on the off-side.

Junaid sends down a maiden as Pakistan continue to pile on the pressure.

India have scored just six runs from the last five overs, while losing a wicket.
13:08  - Scorecard

India 43-3 (13 overs) vs Pakistan

Pakistan looking to continue the torture on Indian batsmen as Irfan comes on to bowl the seventh over. Yuvraj steers the first ball to the thirdman region for one and Raina shuffles across his stumps as the short ball comes into him and passes over the leg stump. Raina defends the third ball to point and does the same with the next three balls.

Just one run from that over as India struggle to 43 for three after 13 overs. Raina is on 1 from 15 balls and Yuvraj on 11 from eight balls.
13:04  - Scorecard

India 42-3 (12 overs) vs Pakistan

Raina is facing a testing spell out in the middle. He is waiting on the backfoot and is looking to play with a straight bat. The first ball strikes him high on the pads as Junaid appeals but it is turned down. The fourth ball again hits him on the pads but it goes down towards the thirdman for a leg bye and Yuvraj flicks the last ball to fine leg for one.
12:57  Pakistan pacers leave India in a mess:   - Scorecard

India 40-3 (11 overs) vs Pakistan

Irfan to bowl his sixth over. Yuvraj plays away from his body to a full delivery outside the off-stump and the thick edges goes towards the thirdman region for one.

Raina lets the next ball go through before shuffling across and turning it to the fine leg region for one.

Irfan then bowls a short ball which Yuvraj ducks under and offers no shot to the next delivery.

He taps the last ball to point as just two runs come from that over.
12:53  Kohli out for 7, India in trouble:   - Scorecard

India 38-3 (10 overs) vs Pakistan

Kohli has no clue at all as to what Junaid is doing with the ball and is once again beaten by the outswinger. And it is not long before Junaid has his man as Kohli looks to defend but gets a thick edge that is taken by Younis at second slip for 7.

New batsman Suresh Raina offers no shot to the first ball while the next delivery is a high bouncer which is called a wide. He lets the next ball go to the keeper before playing the last ball cautiously.

India are struggling at 38 for three in 10 overs.

Junaid has taken one for 11 in five overs, while Irfan has claimed two for 25 in five overs.
12:45  Gambhir fails again, India lose 2nd wicket:   - Scorecard

India 37-2 (9 overs) vs Pakistan

Kohli defends the first ball on the off-side before steering the next ball to thirdman for one. Two balls later India are dealt another blow as Gambhir chops it straight to Umar Akmal at point as he tries to steer it to thirdman but is done in by the extra bounce.

Another failure for Gambhir as he walks back after a struggling innings of 15 from 27 balls.

Yuvraj Singh starts off positively with two boundaries in a row. Irfan tries to bowl a yorker but it turns out to be a low full toss which Yuvraj eases through the covers and flicks the next delivery behind square on the leg side.
12:38  - Scorecard

India 28-1 (8 overs) vs Pakistan

Junaid is keeping it tight as Kohli defends the first two balls of his fourth over before turning the third on the leg side for one.

Junaid then drifts on the pads which Gambhir plays fine on the leg side where Umar Gul dives full length to stop a certain boundary. Gambhir and Kohli had a big misunderstanding as they went for the second run but Gul missed with the direct hit else India would have lost another wicket.

Gambhir is then beaten outside the off-stump as Junaid moves it away from the right-hander. He is lucky not to edge the last ball as he again tries to push at one outside the off-stump but it passes close to the edge.

12:34  India struggle after early wicket:  - Scorecard

India 25-1 (7 overs) vs Pakistan

Irfan gets extra bounce which Gambhir defends awkwardly on the leg side and plays the next ball to point. Irfan bowls another bouncer which Gambhir ducks under and lets it go to the keeper.

Gambhir then defends the fourth ball on the leg side before letting the last two deliveries go through to the keeper as Irfan bowls the first maiden of the match.


12:29  - Scorecard

India 25-1 (6 overs) vs Pakistan

Junaid beats Kohli from the first ball of his third over as the right-hander plays inside the line. Kohli is then struck on the pads by an incoming delivery but umpire Billy Bowden is not interested in the LBW appeal. The next ball is full and it leaves Kohli, who again has no clue and is beaten.

Kohli then confidently defends the next ball, a bit short in length before Junaid bowls a wide down the leg side. He lets the next two balls go through to the keeper.
12:26  Rahane out for 4, India lose early wicket:   - Scorecard

India 24-1 (5 overs) vs Pakistan

Gambhir takes a single from the first ball of Irfan's third over. Rahane turns the next ball on the leg side before he is dismissed off the next delivery.

Irfan drew him forward with a full delivery which he was forced to play and the resultant edge was taken by keeper Akmal.

Rahane walks back after a disappointing knock of four from 11 balls as India are reduced to 19 for one after 4.3 overs.

New batsman Virat Kohli is off the mark with a bang, flicking a full delivery from Irfan for a boundary from the first ball he faces. What a start!

He defends the fifth ball before taking a single from the last ball.
12:20  - Scorecard

India 18-0 (4 overs) vs Pakistan

Gambhir lets the first two balls go through to the keeper before defending the third on the off-side. He gets a leading edge from the fourth ball which gets him a couple and then picks a single on the leg side.

Three runs from that over as India progress to 18 for one after four overs.
12:15  India off to steady start vs Pakistan:  - Scorecard

India 15-0 (3 overs) vs Pakistan

Gambhir clips the second ball from Irfan which is on his rib cage area fine on the leg side for a boundary. The tall pacer then gets it to bounce a bit extra and Gambhir is completely beaten outside the off-stump and is lucky not to have edged it.

Gambhir then picks a quick single to mid-on. Rahane defends the fifth ball confidently on the off-side before steering the last ball past the second slip fielder for his first boundary.
12:13  - Scorecard

India 6-0 (2 overs) vs Pakistan

The impressive Junaid Khan to bowl the second over. Gambhir nearly drags the first ball back on to his stumps as he looks to play a forceful drive through the covers without any footwork. The left-hander flicks the second ball behind square on the leg side and gets three runs in the process.

Rahane looks to steer the ball to thirdman but it goes on the bounce to Younis Khan at second slip. Rahane then looks to turn it fine as it strikes his pads and goes to the fine leg region for two leg byes.

India are six for no loss in two overs.
12:05  - Scorecard

India 1-0 (1 over) vs Pakistan

So India have a new opening combination as Ajinkya Rahane walks out to open the batting with Gautam Gambhir. Rahane is quite eager to get a piece of the action as he is way ahead of Gambhir as the teams walk out to the middle.

It's very cold and foggy in Delhi and not a single person in the crowd without a jacket. The floodlights are also on with so much of fog around. The weather forecast says high of 11 degrees and low of 6, so it is going cooler as the day goes on.

Mohammad Irfan to bowl the first over. Gambhir lets the first ball go through to the keeper and he turns the second ball on the leg side and third to mid-on.

Gambhir steers the fourth delivery to thirdman region for one and Rahane plays out the last two deliveries as just a single comes from the first over.


12:00  The team management finally lost patience with Sehwag, who has not enjoyed a good run with the bat in the last year or so.

Statistician Rajneesh Gupta points out Sehwag's poor run since the 2011 World Cup.

"After 2011 World Cup, Sehwag scored 513 runs in 15 ODIs (avg 34.20).43% of them came in just one inns (219 v West Indies). In the remaining 14 ODIs he made 294 runs @21.00" he writes.
11:58  Pacer Shami handed his debut:   - Scorecard

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the third and final One-Day International in Delhi, on Sunday.

India, who have already lost the series 2-0, made two changes to their team.

Ajinkya Rahane finally got a game and he replaced the out of form opener Virender Sehwag at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla.

Pacer Shami Ahmed was handed his debut as he replaced fellow Bengal team-mate Ashok Dinda.

Pakistan made one change to their team, bringing in Umar Akmal in place of Azhar Ali.