Pakistan fail to chase down a target of 168 in final ODI against India

Last updated: 6th January 2013  

Saeed Ajmal took four wickets for Pakistan against New Zealand

Saeed Ajmal: claimed 5-24 to help bowl India out for 167 in 43.4 overs

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni: top-scored with 36 for India in a low-scoring thriller in Delhi

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India made sure they didn't suffer a series whitewash at the hands of Pakistan with a 10-run win in the third and final One-Day International in Delhi.

Ishant Sharma claimed the last wicket, that of Mohammad Hafeez, to finish with 3-36 as the tourists were bowled out for 157 in a low-scoring thriller at a chilly Feroz Shah Kotla.

Chasing a target of 168 after Saeed Ajmal had taken 5-24, Pakistan overcame the early losses of Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan, who both fell to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, thanks to Nasir Jamshed (34) and Misbah-ul-Haq (39).

However Ravi Ashwin removed both well-set batsmen to put the game back in the balance, with the hosts continuing to pick up wickets at regular intervals.

When Umar Akmal was stumped off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja (1-19), Hafeez was left with only the tail for company to try and see his side over the finishing line.

He did his best despite a hand injury, clobbering two fours off Sharma to leave the equation at 11 off eight balls. However, in attempting to find the fence again, he hit the seamer straight to Yuvraj Singh at mid-wicket.

India had earlier been dismissed for just 167 after opting to bat first, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scoring yet again with 36 from 55 deliveries.

Left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan had removed openers Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir with just 29 runs on the board and Virat Kohli fell to Junaid Khan for seven, leaving the home team three down in a hurry.

Pakistan's spinners then took over, starting with Hafeez bowling Yuvraj (23) with an excellent delivery, as India - who next face England in a five-match ODI series that gets underway on Friday - slumped to 63-4.

Suresh Raina (31) helped add 48 for the fifth wicket before becoming the first victim for Ajmal; the 35-year-old didn't have to wait too long for his second, though, as Ashwin went to the very next ball for a duck.

Dhoni - who had hit successive sixes off Hafeez's bowling - departed in the 35th over to Umar Gul, allowing Ajmal to take the final three wickets and claim his second five-wicket haul in one-day cricket. Jadeja was the last man to go when caught at long-on for 27, meaning India only lasted 43.4 overs.

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