After Sri Lanka and India bit the dust in their respective ODI series recently in New Zealand and Australia, another Asian powerhouse Pakistan too suffered a jolt. The Misbah-ul-Haq led side lost the first ODI match against New Zealand at Wellington on Saturday.
Medium-pacer Harshal Patel finished with 11-wicket match haul, including five in the second innings, to steer Haryana to a comprehensive innings-and-119-run win over Rajasthan and earn a bonus point in their Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match, here on Saturday.
Australian captain George Bailey is not surprised that India did not qualify for the tri-series final and said that concentrating on Test cricket before heading into the ODI event might have been the reason for their below-par showing.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is pleased with the way his team has shaped up for the World Cup after beating India twice in the tri-series but said they are desperate to test their skills against a much-fancied Australia in the finals, here on Sunday.