A spirited India clinched a sensational 10-run victory in a low-scoring thriller to avoid a series whitewash and restore some pride in the third and final cricket one-dayer against arch-rivals Pakistan here on Sunday.
A day after calling off his visit to the capital in the wake of a controversy over the Indian government giving him visa, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad on Saturday said that he should be seen just as a sportsman and not as a relative of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
It was not just the combined effort of bowlers but also the preparatory training camp under former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq back home which helped Pakistan to tame the Indians on their own backyard, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday.
Licking the wounds of yet another series defeat, India`s struggling cricketers will seek to restore some pride when they go into the last one-dayer against arch rivals Pakistan here on Sunday with their captain M S Dhoni being a doubtful starter because of a sore back.
Humiliated at home for the second straight time in less than a month, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday blamed his batsmen and termed their performance "disappointing", but added that the team needs to access the situation with a cool-headed approach.
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said the government followed proper procedures in giving a visa to former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad, whose visit has sparked off a political controversy.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is maintaining a silence over the issue of its director-general cricket, Javed Miandad going to New Delhi to watch the third and final One-day International between India and Pakistan.
Stating that relations between the two neighbouring nations have improved, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf on Thursday said he wants an Ashes-like cricket series with arch-rivals India.
BJP and Shiv Sena on Thursday lashed out at the Government for granting visa to former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad, asking how allowing a person related to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to visit India will help improve bilateral ties.
Delighted with the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between the arch-rivals after a gap of five years, former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam on Thursday said it is now India`s turn to tour the neighbouring country.