The Indian cricket team has succumbed to yet another series defeat on home soil after Pakistan beat them at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on January 3, 2013. Pakistan trounced the hosts by 85 runs in what has turned into a nightmare season for the Indian cricketers.
India had barely had time to recover from a series defeat at home by the English when Pakistan handed them another One Day International series loss by winning the 2nd One Dayer. The Pakistani’s now go into the final One Dayer with a 2-0 unassailable victory margin.
The star for Pakistan was young batsman Nasir Jamshed, who tore the Indian attack apart to score 106 runs at a healthy click. He was ably supported by his opening partner Mohammad Hafeez, who put on 76 runs in 98 deliveries. Pakistan managed to reach the very attainable target of 250/10 in their allotted 50 overs. Ishant Sharma picked up 3 wickets for India, giving away just 34 runs.
The Indians came in to bat with Virender Sehwag playing a solid innings of 31 from 70 deliveries, but he was not supported by his team mates as they fell like nine-pins around both him and skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni, who top-scored with a patient 54 of 121 deliveries. Junaid Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan racking up 3 Indian wickets for 39, including the prized scalps of Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.
India have no answers to the questions foreign teams are posing on their home soil as they now have suffered 2 series defeats in the past 2 home-series.