Match-fixing and spot-fixing have been the bane of cricket and have come into effect many a time lately, showing the murky face of the game. Where, on the one hand, some players were given befitting punishments as a result, on the other, many fans have lost their hopes in cricket.

[caption id="attachment_95" align="alignright" width="300"]Pakistani batsmen lost wickets at the time when the match was in their grip Pakistani batsmen lost wickets at the time when the match was in their grip (Photo: BCCI)[/caption]

The penalties given to three Pakistani players after 2010 spot-fixing scandal set an epitome of what could have been the repercussions of pursuing such devious means. But still eyebrows are raised over a few matches. For instance, the third match of the just-concluded one-day international series between Pakistan and India came in the limelight after match-fixing allegations surfaced.

The archrivals came face-to-face first time in five years. After levelling the two-match Twenty20 series, Pakistan unexpectedly took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match ODI series. The third match in Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi started off with Pakistani bowlers stealing the show, restricting India to 167 runs. Chasing the target, Pakistan got a steady hold on the match and at one stage they required just 55 runs in 16 overs with seven wickets in hand. But the result: Pakistan lost the match by 10 runs as India bowled them out with one over remaining.

This unexpected result prompted many people to dub the match “fixed”. Former England cricketer Paul Nixon suggested on Twitter that Pakistan had deliberately lost the match.

“Pakistan throwing this game away eh ! #thereisasurprise 24 from 24 ...Strangely my money is on India $$$$ from here ...Watch this space,” he tweeted.

He was tweeting as Pakistan were giving back-to-back wickets to India and losing their grip on the game.

He also retweeted many posts, including the one in which someone criticised Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez for playing a lap sweep despite knowing there was a fielder in the leg slip: "this game is a joke especially when u see hafeez play a lap sweep with a leg slip in place."
"It must be India's 12th Man.....the Bookmaker!" Nixon retweeted another post.

Nixon opined that it wasn’t a big deal for Pakistan to hand victory to Indians as they had already won the series 2-0.

The 42-year-old played one T20 and 19 ODIs for England, including the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Given Pakistan’s performance in the match, do you think the match was fixed? If your answer is in the affirmative, then do you think ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will come forward to address the issue?
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