Openers Nasir Jamshed, pacer Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal played vital roles in Pakistan team’s 85-run victory that sealed the series fate in Eden Gardens on Thursday. This was Pakistan’s fourth match in Kolkata and they went on to win all the four matches. Pakistan wrapped-up series after seven years as they earlier clinched the ODI rubber against India in 2005.

The defeat will put Indian skipper MS Dhoni career at stake as the legends demanded of the BCCI to remove him from the captaincy and give him rest from all the formats of the game.

Pakistani bowler did not allow India to score freely and made the hosts batsmen struggling throughout the match. Except Dhoni no other batsmen faced Pakistan bowler convincingly. Junaid Khan got 3-39 while Saeed Anwar looked in prime form clinching 3-20 while Umar Gul bagged 2-34. Every player played his due part and led Pakistan to a convincing victory. Though Dhoni frustrated Pakistani bowlers and scored 54 but his innings failed to save Indians from defeat while Sehwag made steady 31.

Pakistan won the 14th One-day match against the arch-rivals India who were eyeing victory to level the series but Pakistan outplayed Indians in all the departments of cricket to register a convincing victory.

Credit goes to Pakistan team players who presented a New Year gift to people of Pakistan with their good performances in every field. They batted well, bowled well and fielded well. Kamran Akmal kept wickets magnificently and took brilliant catches including a fine catch while diving to leg side. His movements were very sharp and it felt that team is playing as one unit.

Earlier, the 23-year-old left-hand opener Nasir Jamshed continued from where he had left in Chennai, while Hafeez made up for his duck with a sensible batting display and rotating the strike. The duo never panicked and such clinical was their approach that they put on 100 runs in exactly 100 balls — incidentally, Pakistan’s first century stand by any opening pair at the Eden Gardens.

Under overcast conditions, Nasir Jamshed kept his cool in his superb knock of 106 with 12 fours and two sixes to complete his back-to-back hundred against India. This was his third century and all against India. Younus Khan (10) was unlucky to be adjudged leg before despite a bat-pad as the Indians managed to arrest the free flowing Pakistani run-rate.

At one stage it was felt that Pakistan was going to post around 300 runs on board. After Hafeez’s departure, the Indians came back strongly and wrapped up Pakistan innings for 250 all out in 48.3 overs. Pakistan lost their 10 wickets in 25 overs after adding 109 runs as India made a spectacular fight back in their must-win match. The Indian attack of Ashok Dinda and Kumar fail to take advantage of the overcast conditions as skipper MS Dhoni was expecting from them after winning the toss and inviting Pakistan to bat.

Azhar Ali poor run continued and it felt that he was unable to adjust himself for the One-day format of the game and management should replace him from Harris Sohail who is an explosive batsman Pakistan has.

In his ‘home’ debut, Dinda was wayward with his bouncers, conceding three wides — two in his second over — while Bhuvneshwar too lacked the bite as the Pakistani duo went scotfree. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja’s and Ishant grabbed three wickets each.  The New rules — that stipulate five players inside the 30-yard circle for full 50 overs — added to India’s misery as Pakistani batsmen were not deprived of the boundaries. Part-time spinner Jadeja finally gave the breakthrough almost at the midway stage when Hafeez missed the ball trying to break free to end the glorious opening wicket stand.

The cricket circles of country congratulated Pakistan team for this series victory against India and also congratulated the management and particularly hailed the openers Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez who provided solid foundation for a big total. They also praised Junaid, Gul and Ajmal for brilliant bowling who they did not allow Indian batsmen to score easily. They also congratulated PCB chief Zaka Ashraf over this bilateral series victory.