Nasir Jamshed scored another century as Pakistan wrapped up the one-day international series against India with an 85-run win in Kolkata.
The tourists’ total of 250 proved enough to give them a second victory in this three-match series, as India managed just 165 in reply. Jamshed was the star again, following his 101 in the series-opening six-wicket win in Chennai with 106 yesterday.
The 23-year-old shared in an opening partnership of 141 with Mohammad Hafeez, which was only ended in the 24th over when Hafeez – attempting to sweep Ravindra Jadeja – missed and was bowled for 76, from 74 balls.
Jamshed’s innings ended when he advanced down the pitch to Jadeja, but was stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave his team 210 for five. His contribution contained 12 fours and two sixes.
India collapsed to 132 for nine in their reply, but the hosts’ captain, Dhoni, showed late resistance, taking over as top scorer and surviving a late chance offered to Shoaib Malik at long-on before reaching his half-century in a last-wicket stand of 33 with Ishant Sharma, the second highest of the innings.
However, when Sharma was bowled by Junaid Khan for two, Dhoni was left unbeaten on 54 and the contest – and series – were decided, ahead of the finale in Delhi on Sunday.