1st ODI: England beat India by 9 runs

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 22:34 hrs

England defeated India in the first One Day International (ODI) match of the five-match series by nine runs at the newly built Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here Friday.

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat first as the visitors posted a massive 325 runs for the loss of four wickets.

Openers, Cook (75) and Ian Bell (85), added 158 runs in the first wicket partnership to give the home side a solid start in the match.

Kevin Pietersen (44), Eoin Morgan (41) made good contributions with the willows.

Samit Patel played a crucial knock of 44 runs off 28 balls. He hammered six boundaries and a six in the innings.

Ashok Dinda picked up two wickets for India.

Chasing 326 for victory, Indian scored 316 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs.

Indian openers gave a good start to the home side with Ajinkya Rahane (47) and Gautam Gambhir (52) adding 96 runs in the first wicket partnership.

Yuvraj Singh remained the top scorer for India with his 61 runs. He hit eight boundaries and a six.

Spinner James Tredwell bowled brilliantly for England as he picked up four wickets by giving away 44 runs in 10 overs.

He picked up the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.

Jade Dernbach and T Bresnan picked up two wickets each for England.

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