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The performance of India’s batsmen in the first ODI against Pakistan at Chennai was shambolic to say the least. Agreed, they had to deal with extremely tough conditions and some exceptionally scything bowling.

Pakistan tour of India 2012, 2nd ODI Live Score: India Vs Pakistan at Kolkata, Jan 3, 2013. Match begin at 12:00 local time (06:30 GMT).

Skipper MS Dhoni’s great century went in vain as Pakistan cruised to a 6-wicket win in the opening ODI at Chennai. Played under gloomy conditions, the First ODI started an hour late at 10:00 AM and went on and on until 6:00 PM under the floodlights!

Pakistan tour of India 2012, 1st ODI Live Score: India Vs Pakistan at Chennai, Dec 30, 2012. Match begin at 09:00 local time (03:30 GMT).

If the two-match T20 series was any indication, the ODIs between India and Pakistan will, in all probability, be decided on the basis of how well India bat and also how good Pakistan are with the ball. It was clear in the last two T20s and even in the series against England that unless India put up a very big score on the board, they are likely to struggle.

Left arm pacer Mohammad Irfan and experienced allrounder Shoaib Malik would remain in India with the national squad for the three-match One-day series, beginning in Chennai on Sunday.

India clinched a 11-run win in the Second T20I at Ahmedabad thanks to a powerful batting display. Yuvraj Singh starred in the Indian victory with a dazzling knock of 72 from 36 balls with 4 fours and 7 sixes.

Pakistan tour of India 2012-13, 2nd T20 Live Score: India Vs Pakistan at Bangalore, Dec 28, 2012. Match begin at 17:00 local time (11:30 GMT)

While keeping the merits of inviting Pakistan for a short tour aside, I think Christmas Day at Bangalore produced an interesting cricketing contest. Both India and Pakistan keep on producing thrilling games against each other probably because the two teams have their shares of problems and strengths to come up with see saw kind of battles.