Jamshed ton seals series
Nasir Jamshed struck his second successive century to give Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match one-day international series against India.
Jamshed led the way in a six-wicket success at Chennai on Sunday and once again shined today as the tourists sealed the rubber with a comprehensive triumph.
The opener, well supported by Mohammad Hafeez’s 76, struck a fluent 106 as Pakistan - after being asked to bat - posted 250 all out.
That proved far too many for India, who lost wickets at regular intervals and were dismissed for 160; skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only batsman to contribute with a defiant 54 not out.
Jamshed and Hafeez made a fine start, powering Pakistan into a dominant position via a century alliance. The latter, in particular, looked outstanding, showing his usual flair and exceptional timing.
On a surface that did little to aid stokeplay, it was an impressive display - especially as the in-form Jamshed’s effort was at times ungainly.
Yet it was no less effective, and even more crucial. The opener showed remarkable poise when wickets fell with regularity following Hafeez being bowled attempting an ill-advised sweep off Ravindra Jadeja.
That period proved a tricky one, yet Jamshed broke the shackles with a straight six off Ashok Dinda - his second maximum of the innings - before reaching three figures, for the third time in a row versus India, with a driven off-side four.
In between that milestone and Hafeez’s dismissal, Azhar Ali was run out, Younus Khan trapped in front by Suresh Raina and Misbah-ul–Haq likewise off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Jamshed departed soon after bringing up his ton, stumped at the second attempt by Dhoni off Jadeja, after which Pakistan collapsed to their eventual total, in all losing their 10 wickets for 109 runs having initially moved to 141 without loss.
India could not replicate that kind of start and, after battling alongside the surprisingly circumspect Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir played on trying to force Junaid Khan through cover.
The left-arm seamer then got rid of Virat Kohli strangled down leg before Umar Gul’s double strike aided the tourists; Sehwag was trapped plumb in front and Yuvraj Singh caught behind on the pull.
The slide continued as Raina fell stumped off Hafeez and Ashwin was caught behind off Shoaib Malik before Saeed Ajmal piled on the agony with three wickets in an over; Jadeja hit tamely to mid-on, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinda were trapped lbw.
Ishant Sharma kept Dhoni company as the skipper battled valiantly, yet eventually fell to Junaid Khan, who finished with 3-39 to leave Pakistan jubilant.