Dhoni and Raina lift India to 300/7
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina hit robust
half-centuries to lift India to 300-7 in the first one-day international
against England in Hyderabad on Friday.
The pair put on 72 for the fifth wicket in 10 overs after the
injury-ravaged world champions, electing to take first strike, were
reduced to 123-4 by the 29th over.
Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 87 off 70 balls with 10 boundaries and a
six, while left-handed Raina made 61 from 55 balls on a slow pitch at
the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Rajendra Jadeja chipped in with 27 off 22 balls at the end as India
hammered 91 runs in the last 10 overs.
India, playing their first international at home since the World Cup
triumph in April, were without star batsman Sachin Tendulkar and at
least six other regulars, due to injury or poor form.
The hosts will look to defend the total with a new-look bowling
attack in which three specialists have played only 25 one-dayers between
Englandís bowlers contained the top order despite the absence of pace
spearhead James Anderson, who was rested for the five-match series, and
the injured Stuart Broad.
Opener Parthiv Patel was unlucky to be run out in the fourth over
when he backed up too far at the non-strikerís end and the ball
deflected off bowler Steven Finnís fingers on to the stumps.
Ajinkya Rahane, dropped on 0 by Jonathan Trott in the slips, plodded
to 15 off 41 balls when he was stumped from off-spinner Graeme Swannís
India slipped to 79-3 by the 18th over when Gautam Gambhir (32) was
leg-before slow full-toss from seamer Jade Dernbach.
Virat Kohli (37) put on 44 for the fourth wicket with Raina when he
fell to a head-high catch at long-off by Kevin Pietersen off left-arm
spinner Samit Patel.
India were blanked 4-0 in the Test series and lost the one-dayers 3-0
in their recent tour of England. AFP
India v England
P. Patel run out 9
A. Rahane st Kieswetter b Swann 15
G. Gambhir lbw b Dernbach 32
V. Kohli c Pietersen b Patel 37
S. Raina c Bairstow b Finn 61
M. Dhoni not out 87
R. Jadeja run out 27
R. Ashwin run out 8
P. Kumar not out 1
Extras: (lb4, w18, nb1) 23
TOTAL (for seven wickets, 50 overs) 300
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Patel), 2-52 (Rahane), 3-79 (Gambhir), 4-123 (Kohli), 5-195 (Raina), 6-260 (Jadeja), 7-282 (Ashwin).
Bowling: Bresnan 10-0-66-0 (w4), Finn 9-0-67-1 (w4, nb1), Dernbach 10-0-58-1 (w10),
Swann 10-1-35-1, Patel 8-0-49-1, Bopara 3-0-21-0.