Pakistan, India will start their One-day cricket rivalry in Chennai on Sunday (today) with the hopes that the visitors will do their best to win the series against the arch-rival. Pakistan has to work hard to clinch the One-day series being commenced from today at Indian soil

India have an edge over Pakistan and their morale is on a high after levelling the Twenty20 series 1-1. MS Dhoni will be a relieved man and handle the pressure in much better way to beat neighbouring countries in ODI series with crowd backing. Pakistan now starts preparations for the One-day series and go all out to win it on Indian home soil. India will prepare batting tracks because batting is their strength, to pile up 300 plus runs in every match to win the one-day series against Pakistan whose batting is a bit weaker.

Now it will depend on Misbah and Younus Khan to deliver for Pakistan in the 3-match series to become victor as they need to play as a unit to combat Indian challenge in the series. Selectors must give chance to Junaid Khan, Harris Sohail and other players who have proceeded to India with the team to boost their morale and international exposure against India.

Pakistan have retained lanky fast bowler M Irfan and Shoaib Malik for the One-day series. Irfan bowled superbly in the two Twenty20 games and troubled every Indian player. He gave 20 runs in the second Twenty20 high-scoring and bowled brilliantly.

Afridi failed to make any impression in the Twenty20 matches as he took 1 wickets in the two matches and proved costly in the second T20 high-scoring match and has to return to Pakistan as he fails to lure tour selection for his space in One-day internationals.

It is imperative for the tour selection committee and management to chalk-out strategy for the One-day series if they want to beat India in their own backyard. The management also keep players under severe check to monitor their activities and movements and stop any indecent happening in the dressing room and to save them from any allegations regarding fixing. The India is hub of betting in the world and management must take steps to keep players away from this menace to avoid any indecent incident.

Though Saeed Ajmal, premier spinner of Pakistan, has ability to bowl well against the right handers but he failed in improving his skills against the lefthanders and looked struggled while bowling to left hand batman despite earlier thrashing in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals against Australia when Michael Hussey took around 25 runs in the crucial match and helped Australia to chase 210 runs to enter the semi-finals.

Saeed Ajmal needs improvement to bowl against left-handers if he did not remove his weaknesses against the left-handers then he will be at receiving end in the One-day series as well. Indian have included four explosive left-handers in their squad in Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina and they can tore apart oppositions bowling on their day.

Hafeez failed in reading the wicket and invited the arch-rivals to bat first. Pakistan were in control till the 15th over of the game as India was struggling at 118/3 but in last five Indians took 75 runs and pile up 192 runs a difficult task to chase on a slow track. Prior to start of the match Indian captain MS Dhoni was under immense pressure but he silenced critics with his superb show in the match. His counterpart from Pakistan Hafeez failed to maintain his momentum in leadership and his changes in bowling let him down.

The 19th over of both the innings proved crucial for Pakistan and cost Pakistan dearly as first in Indian innings in second last over Saeed Ajmal gave 22 runs that made a difference in the match. India scored about 75 runs in the last five overs as they were struggling at 118/3 after the end of 15th over. The partnership between Dhoni and Yuvraj worked as a tonic for India and they collected more than 70 runs in the last five overs. Yuvraj scored 36-ball 72 with six sixes including five at mid-wicket and four boundaries.

While chasing the big target Pakistan were on track for achieving the target in a better way as the openers provided 75 runs for the opening stand and then Hafeez kept the momentum going with his 26-ball 55 but after his departure later order batsmen maintained the tempo of game and put India camp in immense pressure and their fans and players looked praying to their gods and at that stage the two quick wickets of Dinda in the 19th over changed the fortune of the match and tilted the balance of game in favour of India. Finally Pakistan fell 12 short of the target and succeeded in levelling the series 1-1.

India team though succeeded in levelling the Twenty20 series but they faced stiff challenge from Pakistan as the visitors put Indian under immense pressure by showing their aggressive batting display and not given up till the last ball was bowled. But the better team won the match on their day.

Pakistan will have to search replacements for spinner Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal as there is no one young spinner has the ability to make his way in place of the two spinners in Pakistan spinners presently.