Cricket - India struggling as Ajmal shines

India were facing a series whitewash after scoring a disappointing 167 against Pakistan in the third one-day international at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi.

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Saeed Ajmal took five for 24 as India were dismissed from 43.4 overs

The hosts had lost the first two games in the series and any hope they had of regaining some pride in the day-night game looked all-but over after Saeed Ajmal took five for 24 as the home side were dismissed from 43.4 overs.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with an unbeaten century and half-century in the first two games, top-scored with 36 as he hit out with wickets falling regularly around him.

Mohammad Irfan did the early damage as he removed openers Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir with just 29 runs on the board. Rahane went for 19 when he was caught behind by Kamran Akmal after Irfan had taken a slight edge with a ball which was angled across the batsman.

Gambhir had contributed 15 when he was caught by Umar Akmal to become Irfan's second victim, guiding a short and wide delivery straight to point.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for seven when Junaid Khan found an outside edge to give Younis Khan a low but comfortable catch at second slip, leaving the home side on 37 for three. India had reached 63 when Yuvraj Singh was squared up by a straight delivery from Mohammad Hafeez and was bowled for 23.

India were battling their way back into the game and Dhoni, playing despite a sore back, hit successive sixes off Hafeez, but Suresh Raina went for 31 when he was trapped lbw by Ajmal to leave India on 111 for five.

Ravichandran Ashwin went first ball, again lbw to Ajmal who was on a hat-trick with the final ball of his over. Ravindra Jadeja played a forward defensive to deny Ajmal a hat-trick but he had still bowled a double-wicket maiden to rock India who were struggling on 111 for six.

Dhoni responded with a six off the first ball of Hafeez's next over but perished for 36 when he was caught by Umar Akmal at point off Umar Gul. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was dismissed for two, trapped lbw by Ajmal with a doosra, to leave the home side 141 for eight.

Jadeja and Ishant Sharma had put on 19 for the ninth wicket when Sharma was out for five, caught and bowled by Ajmal who took the catch at the second attempt. Ajmal secured a five-wicket haul when he tempted Jadeja to try for a second-successive six and he was caught at long-on by Umar Akmal after contributing 27 to a disappointing Indian total.

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