Clinical Pakistan sealed fate of the three-match One-Day International series in their favour, humiliating India by 85 runs in the second enounter at the Eden Gradens here this evening.
Nashir Jamshed set the tone of visitiors’ victory with a majestic century and bowlers complemented his effort restricting India to 165 in 48 overs.
Chasing a fighting target 251 in a must win match, Indian batting came a cropper again and were found wanting against some fiesty bowling from tourists.
Junaid Khan, who ran through the Indian line up in the previous game by claiming four, jolted the home side again with twin blows in his first spell.
He first cleaned up opener Gautam Gambhir (11) and in his very next over, send back Virat Kohli.
Umar Gul multiplied the hosts pain by first trapping Virendra Sehwag in front of his stumps and then claimed Yuvraj Singh to reduce hosts to four for 70.
The tweakers too were not left behind as Md Hafeez and Sohaib Mallik dented the hosts further pocketing Suresh Raina and R Ashwin respectively.
The match was virtualy over when Sajeed Ajmal claimed Bhubaneshwar Kumar leaving India in tatters at 131/8.
MS Dhoni delayed the inevitable and even entertained the home-bound Eden crowd with his trademark helicopter shot.
Junaid completed the formality by catching Ishant Sharma, while the Indian skipper remained unbeaten at 54 runs.
Junaid and Ajmal shared the spoil claiming three wickets apiece.
Earlier, touring openers-Nashir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez-gave their side a solid start by forging a 141-run stand for the first wikcet after MS Dhoni won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat.
Jamshed-Hafeez treated Indian bowlers with complete disdain and hit shots all around the field, much to the dismay of virtually packed Eden crowd.
Ravindra Jadeja, making a comeback in the side, brought the cheers back in the Indian camp by cleaning up Hafeez.
The Pakistani all-rounder’s vigil at the crease came to an end when Jadeja breached his defence. The 32-year-old’s classy knock of 76 was studded with 10 elegantly struck boundaries.
The home side got another breakthrough immeditaly when Azar Ali fell short of his crease while attempting an impossible single.
The two quick dismissals brought India back in the game when Suresh Raina trapped senior player Younis Khan in front of his stump.
Undeterred by development at the other end, Jamshed countinued the fight and brought his second consecutive century of the series, third overall, by carting Ashwin for a beautiful boundary.
The 23-year-old’s chanceless knock of 106 came to an end when he came charging down the track, but missed the ball of Jadeja and Dhoni tapped it on to the stumps in second attempt.
His 124-ball effort was adorned with 12 hits to the fence and two towering sixes.
The Indian bowlers, who were all over the shops in early part of the innings, found their straps, triggering a dramatic collapse of the tourists.
At one stage, Pakistan were eyeing a 300 plus score, but Ishant and Jadeja spoiled their plan by skilting them out in 48.3 overs.
Justifying his selection over in-nform Ajinkya Rahane, Jadeja proved his worth with ball and claimed three wickets at the expense of 41 runs.
Ishant was the pick of Indian bowlers and ended with a figure of three for 34.