England make 325/4 against India

Rajkot, Jan 11 (IANS) England made 325/4 after they elected to bat against India, getting off to a flying start in the first One-Day International (ODI) between the two sides here at the Saurashtra Cricket Assocation Stadium Friday.

Openers Alastair Cook (75) and Ian Bell (85) top scored to take England past the 150-mark without losing even a single wicket till the 27th over.

The Indian pace bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda, looked listless as none of them could either take a wicket or contain them till the death overs.

Only all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and part-time spinner Suresh Raina were able to contain the English batsmen for a while. They were the only bowlers to have an economy rate below six runs per over. Raina was also successful in claiming the wicket of skipper Cook.

Dinda was finally successful after clinching the wickets of Kevin Pietersen (44) and Eoin Morgan (41).

Craig Kieswetter (24 not out) and Samit Patel (44 not out) struck some lusty shots towards the end of the innings to take England past 300, after the Indian spinners reduced the run-rate in the middle-overs.

Batsman Joe Root debuted for England but did not get an opportunity to bat.


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