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Nasir, Younis guide Pakistan to victory

30 December, 2012

CHENNAI: A steady hundred by Nasir Jamshed and a classic half-century by veteran Younis Khan guided Pakistan to an exciting six-wicket win against India in the first One-day International here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk on Sunday.

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Chasing a modest target of 228, Pakistan were under immense pressure as they lost two early wickets for only 21 runs on the board. Both wickets went to young pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Captain Mohammad Hafeez was bowled on the very first ball of the innings and later Azhar Ali was caught by Rohit Sharma.

However, a 112-run third wicket partnership between Nasir and Younis made the target easy and Pakistan completed the victory in 48.1 overs when Shoaib Malik hit Dinda to boundary.

Younis Khan made 58 off 60 balls. He was caught by Ashwin off Dinda.

Nasir Jamshed completed his second ODI hundred and remained unbeaten on 101 while Shoaib Malik was 34 not out.

Earlier, Mahinder Singh Dhoni leading from the front rescued his team from trouble. He made an unbeaten 113, off 125 balls with three sixes and seven fours.

After Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to take field in the match delayed by an hour due to morning rain, India made a disastrous start when their top-order batsmen could not resist against the fierce bowling by Junaid and Irfan.

First to go was veteran batsman Virender Sehwag who was clean bowled by Junaid in the fourth over. He made only four and India were 17 for one.

Then his partner Gautam Gambhir was also bowled but this time by Irfan at the same score in the fifth over.

Two runs later, the most in-form batsman Virat Kohli departed without opening his account. as Junaid uprooted his stumps

Dashing batsman Yuvraj Singh also could not stay at the crease and he was also clean bowled by Junaid for only two runs and India lost four wickets for only 20 runs.

Later, Rohit Sharma was brilliantly caught by Mohammad Hafeez at third slip off Junaid for four and India were reeling on 29-5.

Then, Rohit Sharma and Dhoni came to rescue and steadily batted to see India reach 100 in 30 overs but just runs later Sharma was bowled by off-spinner Hafeez for 43.

He and Dhoni added 73 runs for the sixth wicket partnership.

Then with Ashwin (31 not out), Dhoni made record 125 runs for an unfinished seventh wicket partnership

Junaid claimed four for 43 while Irfan and Hafeez took one wicket each.

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