India vs England 2008-09 Rajkot ODI

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IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: India thrash England by 158 runs (IND: 1-0)

Yuvraj Singh marked his return to form with a swashbuckling unbeaten 138 as India recorded its biggest victory by runs against England by spanking the hapless visitors by 158 runs in the series-opening cricket one-dayer at Rajkot today.
After rattling up a record total of 387 for five at home, the hosts then bundled out England for 229 in 37.4 overs in a lop-sided contest to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series. India's previous best victory margin by runs against England was 86 at Sydney in 1985 and their biggest margin is 257 runs against Bermuda at Port of Spain in 2007.
Yuvraj's ninth ODI hundred spurred India to post its second-highest ODI total ever -- well behind their 413-5 against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup but ahead of its previous home record of 376-2 against New Zealand in 1999. Clobbered by the in-form Indian bastmen, the English attack conceded more runs than ever in one-dayers, surpassing the 353-6 against Pakistan at Karachi in 2005. India's highest previous total against England was 329-7 at Bristol in August 2007.
Yuvraj defied a troublesome back to roar back into form in great style as he plundered runs at will, belting as many as 16 boundaries and six sixes during his 78-ball massacre.
The dashing Virender Sehwag (85), Gautam Gambhir (51), Suresh Raina (43) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39) were the other notable performers after England captain Kevin Pietersen put India in to bat on a belter of a track at the Madhavrao Scindia stadium.
IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: India 387 for 5 (50.0 overs) beat England 229 all out (37.4 overs) by 158 runs

IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: England faces tough challenge against India

England's record of winning all its one-day internationals under new captain Kevin Pietersen will be severely tested as the tourists fight poor form and injury concerns going into Friday's opener of a seven-game series against India.
Arriving in India after an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat by the West Indies-based Stanford Superstars in a one-off C$24.6 million Twenty20 match, England was bowled out for just 98 runs in its tour warm-up game Tuesday against a Mumbai XI. Pietersen, who led England to wins in all four one-dayers since taking over the captaincy, says his batsmen need to greater focus for the coming games, and must learn from the tour match debacle.
England is also seeking an effective bowling combination, including paceman Jimmy Andersen and lone spinner Samit Patel in the lineup for the first one-dayer. Paceman Stuart Broad passed a fitness test and was included, after fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom was ruled unfit.
England is ranked third in the one-day rankings and India is placed fifth, but India has been buoyed and hardened by a just-completed series win over Australia while England was relatively short of competitive cricket.
England last won a limited-overs series in India in 1984-85 when it prevailed 4-1. It drew limited-overs series in 1992-93 and 2001-02 but was hammered 5-1 when it last toured India in 2006. Rejuvenated after new skipper Mahendra Dhoni took over India's one-day captaincy last year, the hosts will be looking to avenge a 4-3 series defeat in one-dayers when it toured England last year.
Dhoni lost his first one-day series to Australia at home last year, but went on to lead India to a tri-series triumph in Australia this year, followed by another win in Sri Lanka. India goes into the contest against England fresh from a 2-0 Test series victory over Australia, but Dhoni said switching to the one-day format so quickly would be difficult.
India team (from): M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, M. Vijay, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, R.P. Singh, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.
England team (from): Kevin Pietersen (Captain), Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wicket-keeper), Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann, Tim Ambrose, Ryan Sidebottom and Luke Wright.

IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: India, England hit by injuries ahead of ODIs

Pace bowlers Ishant Sharma of India and Ryan Sidebottom of England will miss Friday's opening match of the seven-game One-day series in Rajkot due to injuries.
Sharma, 20, suffered an ankle sprain during the recent Test series against Australia and has been advised to rest for five days, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement. The lanky fast bowler was judged the Man of the Series for his 15 wickets as India took the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-0 win over Ricky Ponting's world champions on Sunday.
Left-armer Sidebottom will sit out the opener due to an Achilles tendon problem picked up during England's brief tour of the West Indies earlier this month. England were, however, hopeful that paceman Stuart Broad will play in Rajkot after suffering a knee injury during a practice match in Mumbai on Sunday.

India vs England 2008-09 Cricket Series

India vs England First ODI at Rajkot


England won the toss and decided to field
387 for 5 (50.0 overs)
229 all out (37.4 overs)

India Innings - Close
Gambhir c Shah b Patel
63 8 0
Sehwag c Bell b Patel
73 10 3
Raina c Collingwood b Flintoff
44 0 3
Yuvraj not out
78 16 6
Y Pathan c Bell b S Harmison
2 0 0
b S Harmison
32 3 1
R Sharma not out
8 1 0
10w 1b 9lb 20
for 5 387 (50.0 ovs)

Anderson 8.0 0 52 0
Broad 10.0 0 74 0
Flintoff 10.0 0 67 1
S Harmison 10.0 0 75 2
Patel 9.0 0 78 2
Collingwood 1.0 0 15 0
Pietersen 2.0 0 16 0
Fall of wicket
127 Gambhir
153 Sehwag
242 Raina
247 Y Pathan
352 Dhoni

England Innings - All out
Bell c Dhoni b Zaheer
35 3 0
Prior c Sehwag b Patel
9 0 0
Shah c Sehwag b Zaheer
5 0 0
Pietersen run out
56 7 2
Flintoff lbw b Zaheer
3 1 0
Collingwood c Dhoni b RP Singh
23 3 0
Patel st Dhoni b Harbhajan
28 0 2
Bopara not out
38 2 5
Broad c Gambhir b Sehwag
25 2 0
S Harmison run out
0 0 0
Anderson lbw b Y Pathan
4 0 0
4w 2lb 6
all out 229 (37.4 ovs)

Zaheer 7.0 1 26 3
Patel 6.0 1 20 1
RP Singh 4.0 0 25 1
Y Pathan 3.4 0 41 1
Sehwag 9.0 0 68 1
Harbhajan 8.0 0 47 1
Fall of wicket
12 Prior
17 Shah
34 Bell
38 Flintoff
76 Collingwood
147 Patel
150 Pietersen
195 Broad
207 S Harmison
229 Anderson

Umpires: A M Saheba, R B Tiffin
India: Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina, R Sharma, Dhoni, Y Pathan, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Patel, RP Singh
England: Bell, Prior, Shah, Pietersen, Flintoff, Collingwood, Patel, Bopara, Broad, S Harmison, Anderson

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.