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Hyderabad: India sounded a clear warning to the England squad that the tour would serve as a platform for revenge with a dominating 126-run victory at Hyderabad.
It was India’s first win in any format since the Jamaica Test in June.
It was a game that saw India outplaying England in all departments of the game, be it batting, bowling or fielding. Dhoni’s young and charged-up lads took the task at hands with full vigour and wrapped up the English batsmen with ease, not allowing them a breather.
In the end, England were all out for a paltry 176 on the board.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were the pick of the bowlers with three scalps each to their name as Umesh Yadav got two.
On the batting front, skipper MS Dhoni (87*) stole the limelight from Suresh Raina (55) in a competition that spelled only good for the home team.
In the second part of the match, Ashwin got his second victim of the night in the form of Tim Bresnan (4) as the pressure tactics got the better of him. The scorecard read a disturbing 134/7 (29.2 Overs) for the visitors as the spinners settled into a rhythm of destruction after a long time.
Jadeja was the man with the golden fingers, spinning three wickets in no time at all, his latest victim being Jonny Bairstow (3), as the middle order crumbled under pressure.
The fifth man to fall was Ravi Bopara (8) who was caught and bowled by Ashwin who opened his account as well. Just before that, the fourth wicket fell in the form of Jonathan Trott (26). The batsman was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja to give his team a clear advantage at half way point of the England innings.
England captain Alastair Cook had hit back with a run-a-ball fifty to keep the challenge on to the visitors. But the bowlers kept a tight line and length that was complimented by refreshing agile fielding, reaping the rewards as Cook was caught by Vinay Kumar at a score of 60 off Jadeja’s spin.
At the end of 25 overs, the scorecard read 122/4 as the new pair of feet on the turf tried to keep up the challenge.
Earlier, Kevin Pietersen was the second Englishman to walk back early into the pavilion as he was brilliantly run out by R Ashwin. With the scorecard reading 40/2 (9.1 Overs) and the dangerous KP in the dressing room, the Indian fans were rejoicing in Hyderabad.
For the Indian outfit, Praveen Kumar drew first blood, getting opener Kieswetter caught behind the wicket at a score of seven runs as the scorecard read 7/1 in 2.2 overs.
It was a solid display by the batsmen at home as the Indian scorecard read an intimidating 300/7 at the end of 50 overs. MS Dhoni (87*) and Suresh Raina were the wreckers of the day with the former being particularly free flowing.
Dhoni stood up to the task when it was asked of him and hit a quick fifty to set the scorecard racing in the death overs. Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with a quick 22 ball 27 before he was run out off a brilliant effort by Tim Bresnan.
Dhoni was instrumental for posting a decent total on the board along with Suresh Raina, who got a solid half century to his name with a six, stamping his class all over the stadium before he was caught in the deep at a score of 55 runs.
The scorecard read 195/5 (38.5 Overs) at Raina’s fall. The run-rate was also helped to some degree with the effort of Raina and Dhoni in the middle overs after the fall of top order batsmen. Towards the death overs, it was pure energy that got the boost to take it beyond an average of 6 per over.
Samit Patel had claimed Virat Kohli (37) just when he looked set for a big one. Earlier, Gautam Gambhir’s innings came to an abrupt end too as he was adjudged lbw at a score of 32 runs. He was claimed by Jade Dernbach just when he was on his offensive best, charging down the crease and pressurising the bowlers to change their game plan.
Before the fall of the third scalp, Ajinkya Rahane was stumped at a score of fifteen runs off Graeme Swann’s spin special. The batsman was living dangerously after he was thrown a lifeline in the early part of the match.
The Indian scorecard read 50/1 at the end of the eleventh over as the top order batsmen tried to show their skills on home turf. The fall of the second scalp shortly after saw Virat Kohli taking guard.
The first wicket was lost in the form of opener Parthiv Patel (9) as he was unlucky to be out of the crease as Rahane’s shot ricochet off the fingers of Finn to hit the stumps.
Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat first against England to start the five match ODI rubber after a disastrous overseas tour against the same opposition.
There was confusion for millions of fans across the globe as the match begun without it being shown, apparently due to some problem between the official broadcasters and the BCCI. The match was finally available live on the last ball of the third over.
England skipper Alastair Cook decided to keep Ian Bell out of the playing eleven due to the failure of recovering from an injury. India on the other hand, went out with a three-pronged pace attack to be complimented by R Ashwin as the lone specialist spinner.
Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav
Alastair Cook(c), Craig Kieswetter(w), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach