January 11, 2013
First ODI, Rajkot
England 325-4 (50 overs) beat India 316-9 (50 overs) by nine runs
England beat India in a thrilling one-day international in Rajkot to earn a 1-0 series lead in the best of five match series.
Batting first, England posted a healthy 325-4 from their allotted 50 overs. England got off to a good start thanks to Ian Bell (85), and Alastair Cook (75) as the pair put on 158 for the first wicket, which is a record against India in this form of the game.
There were good contributions in the middle of the innings from Kevin Pietersen (44) and Eoin Morgan (41) as England looked to up the rate. The visitors had an explosive finish to the innings thanks to Samit Patel scoring 44 off just 20 balls.
In reply India looked well in the chase right throughout the innings with half centuries from Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, and Suresh Raina.
James Tredwell was the hero for England as he took 4-44 in what was a match changing spell by the Kent off-spinner.
England’s victory was their first on India soil in this form of the game for 14 matches. Their last victory came back in April 2006, and it also gives Ashley Giles a winning start as the limited overs coach. The victory also means England stay top of the world rankings in ODI cricket.
England will be looking to take a 2-0 series lead in the next match on Tuesday in Kochi.
The Scoop 11/01/13