India vs England: First ODI called off due to rain
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
6:10 pm IST: The first match of the ODI series was washed off due to rain, and the next match is scehduled to take place on August 27 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
5:45 pm IST: Sad news for the cricket fans as the first ODI of the five match series between Indian and England has been abandoned. The match was called off without a ball being bowled or even the toss taking place.
5:00 pm IST:Covers are still on as rain hasn't stopped yet. It's quite frustrating for the players as well as for the ground staff.
4:45 pm IST: Presence of few limited over specialists like Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu might give the Indian camp some freshness. In fact, in youngsters like Sanju Samson and Karan Sharma India have infused their squad with young legs. This was much needed after the tiring five-match long series.
4:30 pm IST: Now it's highly unlikely that the match will start, as it's still raining.
4:15 pm IST: After the Test drubbing the big question is that can a few fresh Indian legs revitalise Team India in the limited overs?
4:05 pm IST: Still waiting for the rain to stop. Players from both the teams are eagerly inside there dressing rooms and waiting for the match to start, which is looking highly unlikely, at least at this moment.
3:40 pm IST: We have an update of another match where Zimbabwe and Australia are plying against each other. Australia is batting first and dangerous Maxwell is on song. He is batting on 50 off 28 deliveries, as Australia has put up 266 runs on board in 44 overs.
3:20 pm IST: Bad news for the cricket lovers as the rain has got heavier. Though rain was predicted on Monday but such heavy showers, not at all. 3:05 pm IST: News is not good from the centre as it's raining havily in Bristol, due to which captains are still awaiting for the toss and the umpires will take a call once the rain stops.
England start a run of almost seven months of limited-overs action ahead of February`s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand at Bristol on Monday.
Cook and Hales will open the batting with Ian Bell at number three.
Ravi Shastri assumes overall control of India from head coach Duncan Fletcher after England`s 3-1 Test series win. India will look for a wind of change as the visitors need desperate measures to seek redemption from the Test series mauling.
Alastair Cook knows India will be a fresher side and that the change of format may benefit them and it marks an interesting series on the cards. Indian batsmen and bowlers will hope for a much better show this time around.
Bristol`s first ODI in more than four years may produce curtailed game of cricket, as there is big chances of big rainfall. The rainfall has delayed the toss here so far. Covers are on with fans under umbrellas on the stands.
England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Chris Woakes/Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Jordan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Harry Gurney
India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav