Pakistani batsmen spoiled their bowlers’ efforts and gifted the match to India and save them from humiliation in the final one-day international at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi on Sunday.

This was the third series victory for Pakistan 2-1 as earlier, skipper Imran Khan had defeated India 5-1 while Inzamam ul Haq-led team had scored 4-2 win. India scored consolation win and succeeded in saving whitewash at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan.

The target was not much big if Pakistani have played the match with a game plan. But players show leniency and shown their individual game that let Pakistan down in the match. Kamran Akmal departure put Pakistan under pressure while Younus Khan’s ouster tilted the balance in favour of India. From that point Pakistan bogged down to pressure and failed to come out of pressure. The middle-order collapse further add the salt to Pakistan’s woes.

Nasir Jamshed proved unlucky as he falls prey to bad umpiring decision as he was in search of fourth consecutive century in a row against India. Nasir was declared lbw of Indian off-spinner Ashwin while playing a sweep shot. The replays show that the ball touched his gloves and then hit pad and he was declared out.

Misbah and Umar Akmal though steadied Pakistan ship but throw away their wickets that also proved costly for Pakistan.

Hafeez, who had injured his finger while attempting to take a caught and bowled chance came late down the order but he could not deliver for Pakistan. 

Sharma got three wickets, Kumar got two wickets, debut Shami Ahmed got one wicket but he impressed his bowling and scored his first over maidan.

Earlier, Pakistani bowlers mesmerised the Indian batsmen and compelled them to play tentatively throughout the match and in series as well. Indian strong batting line-up struggled against their swing bowling, bounce, and speed. The Indians have no reply to Pakistan pacers yorkers and bouncers and failed to pick slow ball as well.

Young pacer Junaid Khan proved the difference between the two sides as hosts could not face his swing bowling laced with out-swingers and in-swingers and were in severe trouble against his yorkers, slow deliveries and bouncers. Junaid Khan bowled splendidly in the One-day series and troubled all of the Indian batsmen famous for their good batting, the strong area of Indian team.

Debutant pacer M Irfan was find of the series but has some weaknesses that have to be removed by the head coach Dav Whatmore and some time felt he has some fitness problems. The reportedly tallest bowlers of the world also bowled superbly and surprised Indian batsmen through his speed and bounce during the series.

Saeed Ajmal proved trump card as Indians failed to pick his doosra. The off-spinner took five wickets for 24 runs in the final ODI. Irfan got 2 wickets while Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Hafeez also bowled well.

Though target was no much big but Indian bowlers also give tough time and fought back hardly but Pakistan managed to achieve the target comfortably.

Earlier Dhoni scored 113 not out, 54 in the second ODI and 36 in the final ODI, Suresh Raina scored 31 runs and Indian six players fail to reach the double figure.

India could score 7 runs and lost two wickets in the 10 overs, 11-20 overs. The bowler bowled splendidly and kept Indian batsmen at bay after India after winning the toss opted to bat first.

The consolation victory might save under-fire skipper Dhoni’s spot as India will announce team for the ODI series against England today. England were on Xmas and New Year break and will return on January 10 to play One-day series against.

Pakistan Cricket Board must axe Umar Akmal, who is proving liability for Pakistan and includes either Umar Amin or Harris Sohail, the best players in the present lot,  in the national squad to gain experience at international level. Umar Akmal, though has very potential but he failed to deliver for despite getting so much chances and now needs rest from all the formats team.  If Umar Amin or Harris Sohail have been given so much chances then these two have leave their marks and stamps their authority at international level. The tour was possible due to hectic efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf who struggled hard to convince its Indian counterpart for the revival of bilateral cricket series between the two neighbouring country.

Now the chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf, who is in India, holding discussions to play the event on annual basis and like Ashes-series style.  It was being expected if the two boards agree then series will be held on annual basis.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Zaka Ashraf said that his country is safe to host international cricket matches as they hosted British Army team, World XI matches and successfully.  Zaka Ashraf criticized Bangladesh for cancellation of their team tour, set to tour Pakistan in January, had called off their tour earlier this week, citing security reasons.

Ashraf expressed surprise over the security fears as he claimed that the visiting Bangladeshi officials were satisfied with the arrangements made at the match venues. Ashraf also shrugged off the controversy over the planned visit of former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad to Delhi for the third India-Pakistan ODI game on Sunday saying that the matter was a non-issue.

Meanwhile, Zaka Ashraf congratulated Pakistan team and nation for winning the series against India 2-1.