Pakistan should go all out to complete 3-0 whitewash against arch-rivals in the final ODI being played at Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday (today). The win will boost players morale and will also prove helpful in Pakistan tour of South Africa.

On the other hand, India will try to thwart Pakistan whitewash bid to save his captaincy and the team from total humiliation at the hands of arch-rivals as the peoples of two countries did not want defeat at the hands of neighbouring country. If Dhoni succeeded in saving the defeat and earned consolation win then he might save his captaincy and place in the Indian team despite severe Indian media criticism.

A win against India is always big one and if Pakistan clinch the final ODI then it will prove a big achievement for the visitors. And if Pakistan pacers continue their momentum going in the final match then they surely complete clean sweep against the neighbouring country. The pace trio Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and M Irfan once again rocked the famed Indian batting line-up to hand the hosts defeat in the first two one-dayers to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They have to bowl a bit better to make it 3-0.

Pakistan have the edge for the quality of bowling that surprised Indian batsmen as they exploited the conditions better than the hosts attack. Though India made batting pitches but in the first two matches the tracks were different and difficult. Pakistani bowlers exploited the conditions and made India batsmen struggle. The fast bowlers’ bowl spells in the middle overs and did not allow hosts score easy runs.

It is a good omen for Pakistan as bowling attack gain rhythm and form that will help them in the Pakistan tour to South Africa.

Pakistan team management must make one change in the squad and include in-form Harris Sohail in place of Azhar Ali as the left-handed batsman is far better batsmen than Azhar. He performed superbly in the domestic cricket and scored four centuries in President’s Cup tournament including three back to back centuries. He deserves a place in the playing XI that will boost his morale. If, he prove his credentials than there is a chance he may get place in South Africa-bound squad.

On the other hand, India try to save clean sweep at any cost. They might play another bowler to strengthen their bowling attack after the failure of their batting on which they were banking.

India media were very harsh against skipper Dhoni who played well in both the matches they lost to Pakistan but other senior batsmen like Kohli, Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj failed miserably on a difficult pitch in both the games while BCCI refusal of utilising DRS were also letting Indians down.

Skipper Dhoni had blamed senior batsmen for disappointing performance for the loss against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. Though Indian bowlers did well to restrict Pakistan to 250 runs but poor batting from the senior batsmen let India down in the series, he added.

Cricket expert and former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is of the opinion that sacking Dhoni as the captain is not the right choice right now. In fact, it is time for him to make some tough calls in shuffling the squad to make sure the right bench players play for the team. The non-performing seniors should be dropped for the next game and the future series,” he feels.

Manoj Prabhakar said Dhoni should have played at No 3 since he was in a good form but blames the entire batting line-up for the dismal show. Nasir Jamshed’s liking for Indian bowling rivals that of another left-handed opener from his country - Saeed Anwar’s. Jamshed’s third successive ODI hundred against his preferred opposition and India’s irremediable vulnerability to quality bowling translated into a coveted ODI series win for Pakistan.

On the other hand, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf is in talks with his Indian counterpart and convincing him to hold Pakistan-India bilateral series annually. 

If he succeeded in convincing Indian Board, this will be his another big achievement. While the people of two countries heading towards good relations and it seemed the neighbouring peoples want cricket matches between them regularly. 

It felt that Zaka Ashraf is taking sincere steps for revival of international cricket in Pakistan and it looked that his efforts will yield fruit and international cricket will be back to country in 2013 soon.