Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has urged Pakistan to take a consolation one-day victory over India Sunday to demonstrate their recent improvement, reports BBC.
Pakistan took the first match by seven runs but India hit back by winning the next three to clinch the series.
"Our team has been playing good cricket for the last 15 months and results prove this," said Inzamam ahead of the final match in Karachi.
"India has outplayed us in this series and deserve the win."
The batsman conceded: "You have high-scoring one-day matches in the subcontinent so fielding is vital, and it was the difference between the two teams in this series."
Counterpart Rahul Dravid believes his side thrive on playing teams higher than them in the one-day rankings.
India, who beat Sri Lanka and South Africa in series last year, are just a point behind fourth-placed Pakistan.
"Sri Lanka was higher than us, so was South Africa and now Pakistan was number two. We have played well against teams higher than us," said Dravid,
"This last match is as important as the other matches - the objective is to win every time we play."