England v India, 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street

India denied as rain wrecks contest

The Report by Andrew Miller

September 3, 2011

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7.2 overs England 27 for 2 (Trott 14*, Bell 2*) v India 274 for 7 (Parthiv 95, Kohli 55) - match abandoned
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Parthiv Patel guides one towards third man, England v India, 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street, September 3, 2011
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Parthiv Patel's frustration at falling five runs short of his maiden international century was matched by that of his team as a whole, as India's hopes of their first victory of the summer against England were thwarted by a washout in the opening ODI at Chester-le-Street. Chasing a stiff target of 275, England had been struggling on 27 for 2 after 7.2 overs after a fine new-ball display from the swing bowler, Praveen Kumar, but despite two attempts at a restart, the umpires eventually abandoned the match at 5.30pm.

It was a cruel end to a contest in which India made all the running, yet still finished with a net loss going into the second match at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, after their hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Rohit Sharma, suffered a broken right index finger from the the one and only delivery he faced from Stuart Broad. With Sachin Tendulkar missing the match as well due to an inflamed right toe, India's casualty list for the tour is almost into double figures. Tendulkar, who remains stuck on 99 international hundreds, is due to see a specialist later this week.

Despite all that, India could and should have won this one. Alastair Cook's decision to insert his opponents on a seam-friendly wicket was influenced by the unusually early 10.15am start, but it was Parthiv and his ODI debutant sidekick Ajinkya Rahane who claimed the early initiative, as they reached 33 for 0 after a cautious first nine overs, before accelerating through the bowling Powerplay to post a first-wicket stand of 82 - India's highest in ten innings against England this summer, and their first in excess of 50 since the Lord's Test in July.

Parthiv, whose appearance in Wednesday's Twenty20 at Old Trafford had been his first against England since India's Test tour in 2002, showcased a range of eyecatching strokes including a confident pull to repel England's short-pitched approach, and a cunning ramp over the slips to dent James Anderson's figures after a typically tidy start to this day's work.

Parthiv had one key let-off, on 7, when the local debutant, Ben Stokes, spilled a low edge in the gully off Tim Bresnan, but beyond that he was virtually chanceless until, with a hundred in his sights, he was lured into a wild drive to a wide ball from Anderson, and snicked a simple chance to the keeper, Craig Kieswetter.

Virat Kohli, who was unused in the Tests, backed up Parthiv's efforts with a battling 55 from 73 balls in a third-wicket stand of 103, while Suresh Raina again proved he's a transformed character in coloured clothing, as he racked up 38 from 29, including a brace of sixes off Broad and Jade Dernbach.

It was Dernbach who eventually extracted Raina in the penultimate over of the innings, courtesy of another brilliantly disguised slower ball - this time a bouncer - that took an eternity to reach the batsman and was eventually flapped to short backward square. MS Dhoni, whose form has been unconvincing so far on this tour, never quite got going to the same degree. He had managed 33 from 36 balls before feathering a loose carve off Bresnan, who then yorked R Ashwin first ball to keep India's total below 280 in a superb final over.

India's imposing total was achieved despite yet another controversial dismissal for Rahul Dravid, following on from the shoe-lace incident at Edgbaston and the disputed bat-pad catch at The Oval. He made 2 from six balls before umpire Billy Doctrove initially turned down an appeal for caught-behind off Broad, only for the decision to be reversed on review, despite no clear evidence from Hot Spot.

Broad, who had earlier removed Rahane for 40 from 44 balls via a top-edged pull to fine leg, was also responsible for Sharma's tour-threatening injury. He had come to the crease after Parthiv's departure, but lasted one delivery before being forced to retire hurt after an excellent lifter from Broad rapped Sharma on the gloves. He was in clear pain as the physio attempted to pull the damaged joint back into position, and the suspected break was confirmed by the BCCI soon afterwards.

With six wins out of six so far on India's tour, England came into the contest brimful of confidence, but without their star spinner, Graeme Swann, who failed to recover from a virus and was replaced by Patel. But after a chastising time in the field, England's day got even worse when their own turn came to bat.

In the 40 minutes that were possible before England's chase was interrupted, Praveen's performance opened up a gulf between the two teams that would have been hard to surmount had the match resumed either with 224 required from 32 overs, or with 164 required from 20 - the two proposed scenarios when the rain did threaten to abate. Though Jonathan Trott had been nailing his cover-drives nicely in a run-a-ball 14 not out, the going had been tough at the top of the innings.

First to fall was the captain Cook, who had been in ruthless form against Sri Lanka in the last ODI series of the summer in June, but whose only scoring shot in ten attempts on this occasion was a first-ball edge past second slip for four. Kumar refused to allow him even to escape the strike, and midway through his second over, he cramped Cook on the cut, and bent an inswinger into his stumps, via a bottom edge.

At the other end, Craig Kieswetter had an even less productive stay. He too got off the mark first-ball, with a clip for two through midwicket, but was then pinned down for 13 consecutive deliveries before a rare bad ball from Praveen was turned off the hip for four. He hadn't added to his score when Praveen bent a delivery into his front pad, and he was sent on his way lbw for 6 from 19 balls. In the end, England dodged a bullet, but after two months of one-way traffic on this tour, India served a timely reminder of their formidable reputation over 50 overs.

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Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 5, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

well done Australia. I am an Indian/Rahul Dravid supporter, but I still feel that Australia are the best(other than 20-20) in the world. That India was No.1 for a couple of years,was more due to our persistance at not loosing tests, rather than winning matches. Sad but true.Though England are No.1 in tests, at present, they won't stay there for long. Australia is coming hard at everybody. Watch out England.Most/all of the teams in the world (including India & Pakistan) find it either hard or impossible to beat SL in SL. As far as SL is concerned, welcome on board, you are losing your touch(just as we are). Days are not far ahead when Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will beat you. Bring back Vaas, Murali and Jayasurya.

Posted by IndiaPrevails on (September 4, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

It seems a little paradoxical that a lot of SL fans in this forum keep criticising India for their poor performance this summer in England. Agreed that it was a disasterous test series for India, but what have Sri Lanka exactly won outside the subcontinent in their entire history as a cricket playing nation. Have they ever won a series in England or for that matter test matches in either Aus or SA. India has atleast done that. SL fans should do some serious intropection before commenting on India's performance. Or is it simply the case of sour grapes at losing the WC final to India recently.

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (September 4, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

Very sad that the rain wrecked India's chance of winning the match!! But I am still in euphoria coz we have won three tour matches!! Otherwise this team would have been named "DHONI'S LOSERS" just like "Bradman's Invincibles!"

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 4, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

The results are not important for this ODI but the performaces are. India must use this ODI as an opportunity to go back to basics eg opening batsmen to take their to adjust to the pace, look for gaps in the field rather than just 4s and 6s, turn 1s into 2s, 2s into 3s without risk of run outs, not giving their wickets away, bowlers to bowl line and length and not to the strengths of the English batsmen, Dhoni to set fields to make run scoring difficult even it makes for dull cricket, stopping singles so batsmen have to go over the top thereby creating chances and so on. All players should use this opportunity to get use to the conditions so they are better prepared for the next England tour and the future generally. Above all don't drawn verbal exchanges - it's a sign their bowlers are getting frustated. We saw this in the 4th test with Sachin and Mishra and signs their bowlers were losing their discipline. Then Mishra got out followed by the inevitable collapse.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 4, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

@demon_bowler although India were thrashed particularly in the last 2 tests they had england at 62-5 and 124-8 plus 1st innings lead of 70 odd in the 1st 2 tests. What India didn't have is 4 bowlers who performed consistently or strength in depth. @dicky_boy I am long suffering Indian fan but am amazed at my fellow supporters who think that we have, say, Sehwag who will come in and score 300+ without any match practice or we won the WC so we're going to win the ODI series now. A lot of hard work went into the WC over a period of time but for this series it seems that some of the players would just turn up and win. India's performance off the field by BCCI has been scandalous but masked by performances on the field by the big 3 and Zaheer and previously Ganguly and Kumble. Where is the succession planning and new names to replace the old. Kumble was not the greatest turner of the ball but was intelligent and a warrior competitor. Who now apart from Dravid has these qualities?

Posted by Valavan on (September 4, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

@Indian fans, Speak after winning a match.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

@dicky_boy, i know india won the worldcup, theres no doubt about that. well i guess you forgot what happened to England only last year? the same team who posted 600+ scores a number of times were dismissed for not more than 300 or occasionally 400, well thats a stat you would like to look at!

Posted by Cr1cket_Lover on (September 4, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

Good news for us India fans, we can't lose 5-0 anymore... England still have the mental edge, so a series loss for us is not out of the question. I bet though that we win the match - we are excellent in the early games of an ODI series, but we shrivel up in decider games...

Posted by Valavan on (September 4, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

Funny fans speak the same as SL after 1996 WC win. We are world champions so on. England is not still a dominant side, but surely better than Indian counterpart. You have a Team of champions, we have champion team. Ye ye if T20 would have abanded after 0 for 1, these could have been comments. BTW even SL won 2 ODIs in England, without even winning an international game, so much smoke comes out of indian fans rather fire. WC champions are No.3 in ODI rankings, during Aussie domination it wasnt the same story. Keep your starstudded team and make your windies series 3 - 0 to get points. But be aware if aussies will keep discipline like now, you will be just whacked out in Australia as well.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 4, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

thank god india did not win. all this euphoria for a washed out game. it must have been a long wait this summer. dpk

Posted by hiriyannaiah on (September 4, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Rahul Dravid was again deceived (again with controversy),After looking at the hot spot there was no nick. How all the three umpires declared that he is out.Why this sort of controversy happens with the honest & dependable players.UDRS is of no use at all.It goes always against Indians????!!!!

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 4, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

Mr ayaz we beat you in the semis we won the world cup so deal with it and if we play on lively pitches ur batsmen will struggle even more . They can't handle normal pitches only how will they handle green pitches . Get a good team and comment on others please

Posted by deconstruct on (September 4, 2011, 10:31 GMT)

Ah well, if only we had more "knowledgeable" cricket fans like samincolumbia! Seems like the only consolation such Indian fans have is of never having lost to Pakistan in a world cup. Because other than that, there is precious little to savor. Not only is it 69-47 (in Pak's favor) in ODI's, its also 12-9 in test matches, again with Pakistan coming out on top. Why not ask your board to agree to play a test and ODI series with Pakistan on any neutral venue (your choice) and see where you actually stand. But then, of course, it was the Indian team that ran away from playing in Sharjah after being humiliated continuously by Pakistan, accusing the administrators of bias, even though the umpires were always neutral in those contests!

Posted by AlfAlpha on (September 4, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Never mind India about not winning this one .You did at least notch up a victory against some quite good second XI county players the other week. Well done. You have shown your class.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

Am I alone in being slightly puzzled by so many Indian fans' assertions that India wallop us every time we go to the sub-continent while they regularly give us a run for our money in England? Let's take a quick glance at the overall stats: 27-5 to England in England; 14-11 to India in India; so, overall, 38-19 to England. Now let's take a look at the last two series in India: the 2005-06 series was drawn 1-1. We thrashed India by 200 runs in Bombay & in the only Test that was drawn, India held on grimly with six wickets down. In 2008-09, yes, India won 1-0 - but only after a generous declaration by KP in Madras followed by a Sehwag Special. The assumption that preparing spinning tracks in India in 2012 is somehow going to derail the English juggernaut is as big a fallacy as India's supposed historical 'domination' of England (disproved above): Bhajji's a spent force & Mishra & Ashwin are no better than club spinners. Spinning tracks will favour no one but Swann, Panesar & Borthwick.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

This tour was an out an out disaster for India and krici_lover pointed out very correctly when he talked about the English side without Anderson, Broad, Cook, Bell, Trott and Swann. Well let me guess who would have played then, Strauss and someone would have opened, the middle order would have had only KP and Eoin Morgan. Tremlett and Bresnan would have had a workload like Praveen and ishant, and Samit Patel would have been the spinner...? Eh, really...? Forget a tour, they would have been running ragged in the seamer friendly climes of England

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Anyone willing to take a bet on how many of India's 'injured' players - i.e. Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer, Bhajji, Ishant, Rohit, Tendulkar & Yuvraj - will magically be fit again once the flat-track multimillion-dollar Champions' League gets underway? I hate to be cynical, but my guess is ALL of them...

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

India is the world champion....lolz

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

@getsetgopk and 5wombats : getsetgopk,If you believe India has bowling attack second to Sudan..vat abt your world class bowlers...Overcast conditions at Chester Le Street,pitch with some grass in the beginning and India still score 274 mind you its not 174 with many of our 1st choice players missing while you can only boast of Kevin Pietersen nt in ur team...This is not an excuse but even our new look team can give a much tougher fight to you at your home.May be they could have won it yesterday or may be they could have lost it but they played according to some planning which was nt thr in test series...We can still welcome you in England in October with same team tht will play next 4 Odis and would like England to send its full strength team including Pietersen to give some fight on our flat tracks..yes England was a very gud side in tests n it beat us 4-0 but Odis are a different format...I believe India can still improve n atleast draw odi series 2-2 after the test debacle..

Posted by krici_lover on (September 4, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

@ADB1, First of all England has 4 new but not second choice player except Samit for Swann. And these players have not replaced your key players. It would really have been interesting to see England team's performanace minus - Anderson, Cook, Bell, Trott, Swann in a same match that too when they are travelling.

Posted by krici_lover on (September 4, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

This match showed the reality of English Cricket Team (sorry mixed cricket team) because england as a country cannot produce 11 good cricketers, therefore they import them. The crowing of english fans shows their frustrations, as they see their mixed cricket team getting back to reality of 1975 to 2008 - A Filler, particularly when they are supposed to travel subcontinent, where truth will come out in black and white.

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 4, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

Well wombat everyone is tired that England got crushed by aus and others for twenty years so no need of English getting tired after winning a home series . Please first win a wc home or away .last two series England lost 5-0 5-1 so please k we r the world champs in this format

Posted by NP_NY on (September 4, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

5wombats: Why so much hate and anger towards the India team and fans? Maybe because we are world champions in ODIs? If you find watching India play to be boring, just don't watch it. As simple as that! Without your excellent "fanship" Indian cricket will still survive.

Posted by CandidIndian on (September 4, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

India were in a good position, yes, but still match could have gone either way.I believe this as Kohli and Raina would have struggled to contain as part timers ,also Vinay Kumar would have struggled too.I dont understand the logic of Dhoni who keeps backing up Chawlas,Jadejas, Vinay Kumars instead of backing up right guys.Vinay Kumar may have done well at domestic level but with his medium pace and his inability to ball the slower balls he is likely to struggle at international level every-time.Playing Vinay Kumar and ignoring RP and Aaron is hard to understand.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (September 4, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Why didn't this rain stop a test match when India was in losing situation? Why only when India is in winning situation?

Posted by karl43 on (September 4, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Why didn't India pick this team for the tests? they look so much better in the field whereas in the tests they were slow and clumsy and the batting now looks more solid at the top of the order with more aggression and power..I think india could win this ODI series because england are bowling too short but if england go back to line and length just outside off stump as they did in the test series, it could be a different story.

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 4, 2011, 8:15 GMT)

Mr ravenous looks like u r very angry at the England team for not playing well at all and never having won anything major in the odi format please everyon knows the English odi team is very bad and like last time they r going get a very good hiding from the Indian team. They r just a good test playing nation at home that's all they have never won in India for the past thirty years . Just that one situation is better that at least they r winning at home after twenty years of pounding by the Aussies so English are happy

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

@samincolumbia, wow its interesting to see you picking up only ONE stat and ignoring all the others, i would suggest you to take a look at Pak vs Ind head to head stats, if you have more sense than i assume. let me give one (a lot more meaningful) stat, out of 120 ODIs, Pak have won 69, while Ind only 47, while 4 have been tie/no result. so look at the numbers in a greater perspective before posting them here. our "rookie" Wahab Riaz got your top batsmen in the semi, leading to a 5 wicket hall, but obviously you ignore really meaningful stats, rather you stick to the words like "The so called PAk fast bowlers choke against the might Indian batting lineup when it really matters." talk about that when you play on lively pitches, not dead ones like of subcontinents!

Posted by 5wombats on (September 4, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

Judging by all the - entirely predictable - crowing trolling garbage here about "Lucky escape for England", "rain saves England", the "Dravid was not out - it's a conspiracy" and india fans claiming victory (LOL). It just shows the desperation, the clutching at straws, the utter silliness. The wombats are getting really sick and tired of it in just the same way they got sick and tired of watching hapless india in the Tests. We've had weeks and weeks of it and it is getting so tiresome. In 2 or 3 weeks this abandoned ODI match will have been forgotten about forever. Please india fans - get a grip.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

i have a right to predict anything that i feel just like people here were predicting India for a 4-0 white wash in test (before the series) and also people are predicting India to white wash England in the ODIs. well dont question my prediction if you're doing the very same thing.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

India looked very good with there side without several key players. Serves to prove that england's bowling attack is not as potent, as some thought to be, and will be severely tested outside of england. As for india, parthiv patel played well, while dhoni needs to start playing like a the dhoni he was before. Praveen kumar has been the most consistent bowler on this tour from both sides.

Posted by Ravenous on (September 4, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

"India denied"? Seriously? Why are these Cricinfo writers ridiculously biased? "India saved as rain wrecks contest" would have been a fitting heading

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 4, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

Why is everyone saying England could have won common I guess the English are very happy that now they avoided a loss and their fans can now say they could have won . Man everyone knows who would have won and we have k bowlers in one day format . Munaf showed in the last game , ashwinn could not grip the ball last game that's all and what's with swann coming back except one innings he could not take wickets in tests so I think samit bowled well in this side containing new Zealand's Ben stokes and players from all over the world lol

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

I think india have found good opening left n right pair for the rest of the season in the absence of sehwag n gambhir.I feel that ajynkya rahane would have been picked for the test series when gambhir got injury.Nevertheless it's been a treat to watch parthiv n rahane thrashing the troika's bownsers hooking,pulling n wacking them all over the park.And istead of dravid india should have palyed virat at no.3 because he is in good form.hope india conitinue their form for the remaining matches.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 4, 2011, 6:09 GMT)

"parthiv patel's frustration at falling five runs short of his maiden international century was matched by that of his team as a whole, as India's hopes of their first victory of the summer against England were thwarted by a washout in the opening ODI at Chester-le-Street". first positive article from miller for india .

Posted by Percy_Fender on (September 4, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

An excellent and observant post by Sitanshu Shekhar. The luck dries up when it has to. But I think it is a cycle.

Posted by rsurya on (September 4, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

I dono wat that dhoni guy do in the middle when it was over no 45 and he still struggling to make even singles. Its ok if you are a kenyan batsman but you are dhoni man, worldcup winner....

Posted by Marcio on (September 4, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

Looks like God is an Englishman after all. This explains why it rained incessantly during the last Ashes tour, and Australia got the heaviest rains in 100 years; and why it rained every morning a couple of hours before Anderson was due to bowl, LOL.

Posted by agam99 on (September 4, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

Even Gods aren't with India throughout their tour. What seemed like an easy victory went down as an abandoned game bcz of lovely rain. What more good to hear, another player got injured and now India doesn't have even 7 fit batsman to play in next game and now we will have to witness Sir Jee back in Indian colors for the second ODI at least.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

This tour ought to be one jinxed one! The one match India were in a dominant position is also rained off! For the sake of Indian fans, when will India win an international match on this tour?

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

Rightly commented by @yorkshirematt........Fraudulent decisions cannot persuade India to use the DRS...only England could be helped get the No:1 position and England supporters keep on singing....

Posted by crichammer on (September 4, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

if India can take a positive from this game it would be the batting of young Parthiv Patel. I like the look of this guy. He is confident and aggressive - particularly off the back foot. Reminds me very much of one Alvin Kallicharan, another little lefthander who could handle the willow.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 4, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

"India denied as rain wrecks contest" seriously? two wickets down and u think India would have won this game considering the bowling attack they possess which is second best to sudan.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

@samincolumbia Pak & Zim still they are playing better than Indian test cricket team, indian's couldn't cross 300 mark in 4 tests lol

Posted by ADB1 on (September 4, 2011, 3:39 GMT)

Hilarious. One "No Result" game and the bragging from India fans begins. @dickyboy:"Winning a world cup is a lot different than winning just a home series." True, especially when the home series referred to is a Test series, the pinnacle of the game. And didn't Indian win the World Cup at, er, home? @Nampally: "Throughout this tour Luck favoured England which led them to a 4-0 Test win." You don't win Test sereis 4 nil through luck. If the BCCI takes this line, India will be cellar-dwellers in Tests for the next decade. @krici_lover"This match showed if Indian Team minus 6 first choice can put a almost full strength England team in england under pressure" Actually, this England team is still very much in the experimental stage. Dernbach, Stokes, Patel and Keiswetter are hardly veterans. Who can say what would have happened if debutant Stokes had caught Parthiv on 7?

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (September 4, 2011, 2:39 GMT)

@ samincloumbis & Anup Kale: FYI Ayaz is die hard indian fan from Mumbai. Also we've seen indian batting lineup might, against a very good english bowling attack, almost identical to Pak bowling attack. Ciao

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 2:01 GMT)

Really, who gives a tinker's cuss whether India happen to favour the DRS or not? India simply don't count anymore: they're an ageing team long past their sell-by date with a popgun bowling attack, a batting line-up collectively cowed into submission by the merest hint of pace or swing, zero bench strength in either batting or bowling (with the honourable exceptions of Rahane & Praveen Kumar), a group of 'star' players who return home from difficult tours 'injured' if they so much as bruise a thumb, & a 'demon' fast bowler - Zaheer - who, apart from being a perpetual fitness liability, has a preposterously large beer belly & a Test bowling average of almost 32. Of the four Asian teams to have toured England in the past 15 months, India haven't just been the weakest in all departments; they've also been - by some distance - the most spineless. In short, they've become an irrelevance.

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 4, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

I have to say that rain spoilt supposed-to-be a competitive ODI. IND had a good chance to win the match due to two viable factors, 1) absence of SRT and Sehwag was a good omen for IND; and 2) IND has not bowled out completely for the first time on this tour, CHEERS TO THAT. IND lasted for 50 overs without loosing all its wickets is not only a great achievement in itself but it is a WIN for IND. Having said that, it will be a mistake to write off ENG totally, only 7.2 overs were bowled, and it was a long way to go. Well, good luck for second ODI of the series. This is a sport, injuries happen, and will always happen to any team. Win or Loose, just don't surrender and show some fight.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 1:07 GMT)

See guys now in 50 over format India rule. England played with a B team and were about to loose. Thats why India r the WORLD CHAMPIONS! India's only problem is the test team, which needs a serious concern!

Posted by SnowSnake on (September 4, 2011, 0:41 GMT)

Personally, for me, Praveen is the best fast bowler from both sides. I think England will start falling in ranking as soon as they start playing outside England. Having seen their fast bowlers, it seems that they mostly rely on bounce and that can keep England as a top team only so long.

Posted by pkuma1987 on (September 4, 2011, 0:41 GMT)

I'm afraid i disagree with all the people saying that England's batting lineup is rampant and deep. Yes, it is in tests, but this line up is far from that. In fact, I would say that this batting line up is rather fragile. Compared to India's current B team batting line up there combined averages are more than 40 points lower. Cook, Trott and bell are the only players capable of building an innings in this team. So before the England fans get too cocky, they should check to see which players are actually ODI team. Getting rid of kieswetter and playing Prior would be a start. In my eyes, this line up is there for knocking over, even with India's bowlers. Not saying India would have won but with Englands batting lacking any real quality I would say they were most likely heading towards victory.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 0:37 GMT)

@dicky_boy..exhaustion from IPL is the lamest excuses of all time! I think it should go into Guinness World of Records! I really never heard Brett Lee fans complaining about him being tired from IPL. Five days test is a lot more tiring from a few hours of IPL. A lot of the Sri Lankan players played in IPL. Then they played against England (test, ODI and 20/20). Now they are playing against Australia. Their fans aren't complaining! First you guys bigmouthed about how India was going to destroy England in their homeland and now that India has been completely beaten, all you do is find excuses. Be fair and be realistic.

Posted by   on (September 4, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

It's really pathetic to see all the Indian fans talking a whole lot about how England got lucky today and India could've won with their 'third tier' team etc. etc. etc. Do you guys realize the FACT that India had their first chance of winning today with this team! The senior guys (except Dravid) have successfully failed throughout the series. And England's batting lineup goes to no. 9 or so. So seriously, what exactly are you guys talking about? Broad and Bresnan have already shown they can easily tackle the Indian bowlers. Just losing the top two did not mean ANYTHING for England. I mean come on stop blaming luck and rain and whatever else and accept the fact that luck is not the only fact helping England win. They are a good team and unless India beats them 4-0 or 3-1 from here on, we all know India needs changes. Stop finding excuses after excuses.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 4, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

Yes, the match could have gone either way. But as it stands, it is fair to say that India had lot to lose because of the rain and that England was saved by the Rain Gods. Anyways, let us move on to the 2nd ODI.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (September 3, 2011, 23:48 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas. The decision wasn't necessarily wrong, Snicko suggested he nicked it, however I do agree it should not have been given out, there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the decision as they weren't using snicko. I was very surprised they gave it out, really not great umpiring to be honest. Right decision may have been gotten, but in the wrong way.

Posted by Fijicricket on (September 3, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

Can anyone tell me are Steve Bucknor and the video umpire of this match related in any way? Very similar brains

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 3, 2011, 23:17 GMT)

Ayaz...You should be watching two deadbeat teams (Pak & Zimb) playing test cricket!! No wonder people would rather watch paint dry. As for ODI's, first try and win a match against India in a WC before posting. The so called PAk fast bowlers choke against the might Indian batting lineup when it really matters.

Posted by Valavan on (September 3, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

From all the excuses by the indian fans, one thing is confirmed, India cannot perform without their best players, which says they dont have any depth whatsover. English team is pretty new. And ye they have forgot in T20 , england were 1 down for 0, if that was washed away they would claim the same story. We have seen lamest of excuses in tests, half of team got depressed by nottingham test, thats why harbhajan and yuvraj escaped or axed.27 for 2 in 7 overs, how can the indian fans claim they could wrap it. 42 overs to be bowled, english batting depth till no.9 and they are playing in england. Except RD and PK, rest all are cannon fodders. SL loss to new look aussie is an eye opener for any sub continent side, that shows we play as a team, you depend on stars, well ye if India would have lost. The most comments would be ROHIT and SACHIN injury... Lamers..We saw the so called sultan looked like dust in england.

Posted by demon_bowler on (September 3, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

"Rain saves England." I should have thought that India was more lucky. Unlike 20:20 it is possible to recover from a poor start in 50-over cricket. We have seen nothing from Indian bowlers all summer to suggest that they could have contained a rampant England batting line-up. And as for India's fielding -- well, pick your slow, ungainly beast of burden of choice for comparison.

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 3, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

Mr it's the way u play we are the world champions in this format k so need of warning us and u have two players whos scoring rate is slower than snails and u should stop being so overconfident with winning just a home series against a exhausted squad because we had to play till the wc final and then ipl unlike losing in the quarters

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 3, 2011, 22:08 GMT)

it was a draw but i would have rather have been in the indian camp.11 an over which was one of the totals mentioned on sky seems very high. i was always under the impression that batting last using the DL favoured that team.on those numbers that cannot be the case.dpk

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 3, 2011, 21:35 GMT)

There just wasn't enough evidence to overturn the decision of notout regarding Dravid's dismissal. What's the matter with DRS? There was no hotspot, no deviation and snicko is not available anyway to the umpires to make the decision? Why was he given out wrongly yet again? Technology is playing a spoilsport here.

Posted by landl47 on (September 3, 2011, 21:27 GMT)

Praveen bowled superbly and deserved the wickets he got. However, India had to find another 40 overs from somewhere and with Trott looking in good touch and Bell being one of the best batsmen in the world this year, plus England's deep lineup, it's by no means certain that India would have won. I didn't see a ball seam, swing or turn in India's innings and only Praveen was able to get a little movement for India. Once a couple of batsmen got in, the runs were there for the taking. I'm not sure why Stokes was playing; if his finger is too sore for him to hold a ball for bowling, it must affect his batting and fielding, surely? Bopara should have been in the side and maybe Parthiv would have been out for 7 as he should have been. Cook had some problems with his bowling changes- giving Trott 2 overs and not bowling Anderson out seemed a strange move. Bad luck for Rohit, with 3 games in the next 8 days it looks as though his tour is finished.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

@ Ayaz How come one can predict so? Would you mind to predict anything in an "interesting" match happening in Zimbabwe? Is is amazing to see that some people are riding on English back and borrowing some courage. Lets see what happens in remaining series, or any prediction about remaining four matches?

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 3, 2011, 20:49 GMT)

From the comments posted it seems that not losing a match (abandoned at that not even drawn) is as good as a win. Is this the height of the expectations of Indian fans? Although the batting was improved it can get better as too often during the Powerplays the batters found the fielders rather than the gaps. If this can be addressed then India should be able to post competitive totals. A word of warning to Indian fans - don't get too excited as not all the pitches will be like this. The others will have something in it for the bowlers and Swann will be back but doubt India will prefer sticky wickets like today rather than green topped ones. Dhoni should consider giving the gloves to Parthiv and have a bowl himself as he can't rely on his bowlers to either stay fit or to bowl line and length.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 3, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

The Dravid dismissal certainly will not persuade India to use the DRS

Posted by pom_don on (September 3, 2011, 20:19 GMT)

I thought it was pretty even really if they had gone back on for twenty overs....just think what happened the other day & we have a bigger hitter down the order than Bopara, Dravid WAS OUT so well done the third umpire for having the courage, shame the full DRS wasn't in use otherwise your top scorer would have scored a few less! Roll on the second match & hopefully a bit better weather too.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

India has been sorely unlucky this tour. I think we had used up all our luck maintaing our test rank and in winning the world cup. I know test cricket is very important, but one test series is not more important than winning a world cup. So, I don't really mind our luck running out. Atleast it did not run out in semis at Mohali or at the final. But some positives for the Indian team from today's match. Rahane looks a very technically correct player. He and Pujara could form a solid top order for tests.

Posted by krici_lover on (September 3, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

This match showed if Indian Team minus 6 first choice can put a almost full strength England team in england under pressure, what would happen when they will visit India in Oct. I can sense repeat of last ODI series played in India between these two countries.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

DRS decisions should be accountable and made public under the Freedom of Information act.

Posted by Toon-Harmy on (September 3, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

Andrew Miller writes "India could and should have won this one." I accept they COULD have won the game - although chasing just over 240 with more than 40 overs and eight wickets left hardly amounted to mission impossible for England. But SHOULD have won the game? Andrew, what are you basing this assertion on? The game was abandoned shortly after the halfway point so I fail to see how anyone SHOULD have won it. As a Durham fan I was as disappointed as anyone with the washout after waiting all summer for our date on the international calendar, but sadly that was always a risk scheduling such a game in September.

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 3, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

@cricmaestro- we are talking about India v England here,you seem to be confused.we already played the odi series vs aus and DIDN'T get whitewashed AND we DIDN'T get whitewashed by England either...can you say that? Deal with facts my friend...no you cant..

Posted by ian_ghose on (September 3, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

coulda, shoulda, woulda...ho-humm...to be fair, the game was fairly open. Yes, a shortened game (224 in 32 or 164 in 20) would have definitely favoured India, but had it been a full 50-fer, I'd have backed England to come through. India's bowling is flakey at best, and once Kumar had shot his bolt, there wouldn't have been too much benzin left in the tank, and as we have seen throughout the test series, in all likelihood, England would have overcome the early losses..and won :) (actually a 20 over-er might have worked for England as well, since India's best bowler - Kumar would have already finished his quota of 4!). Dice it any which way...doesn't matter now, does it?

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

i believe the match was still open for Eng, even after Cook n Craig were dismissed, because Eng has a solid middle order with Trott, Bell n Morgan, anything was possible. Because it happens with India that although they take 2,3 wickets early on, they fail to capitalize on it (as happened in T20). So India were infact lucky to be saved from having another loss here.

Posted by cool2cool on (September 3, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

Under helpul bowling conditions, India scored 274 runs. Was is not so good bowling performance from England or much improved batting performance from India?

Posted by cmunath on (September 3, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

India again gets the rough end of the stick when it comes to the DRS. It is ridiculous to continue with this system if the onfield umpires cannot accept the hot spot findings. Poor Dravid is again the casualty. Its time the ICC amends the rules for onfield umpires in respect of interpretation of the DRS

Posted by Skylight28 on (September 3, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

Poor Dravid. Second time the DRS got it wrong for him. This series and the first AUS-SL test somewhat vindicates BCCI's anti-DRS stand, doesn't it? I am personally all for technology, but I am starting to see why BCCI opposes it. If mistakes are made without DRS, they are merely mistakes and are a part of the game. But if mistakes are made despite technological aids, that mistake becomes all the more difficult to swallow.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 18:48 GMT)

I m a Pakistani,but i m really feeling for India.India played superbly !!! Well done India !!!!

Posted by cric-maestro on (September 3, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

@yorkslanka: but the weather out thr in sri lanka seems to b good.. so i dont see any reason of SL escaping a whitewash.......

Posted by Emancipator007 on (September 3, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

batting skills (has suspect mindset issues which can be addressed) and give him a longish rope as well. Rahane and Pujara's sound batting principles will hold them in good stead in Tests. Only Kohli and Rohit (easily the most talented young Indian batsman) need to step up and then India's Test new -middle order of Pujara,Rohit,Rahane,Kohli looks fantastic (on clear potential) after Sehwag-Gambhir and with Parthiv to follow.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (September 3, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Parthiv's recent consistent performances at the top of the order against pace (against NZ, SA,WI and now Eng) are not surprising. He has been the gutsiest Indian WK batsman this century (after D.Dasgupta's courageous performance in SA Tests 2001) and has scored runs as an opener against the searing pace of Akthar and Bond as a 17 year old!-something which younger fans have forgotten. His performances as a 17 year batsman are second only to teenage SRT's batting performances! Parthiv deserves all the encouragement to re-establish himself again. I have put him down as the first choice WK for Down Under series with Gambhir as new Test captain. Really great to see Rahane succeed. His desperate call shows selectors are not discerning talent properly while choosing some first choice players (everybody knows which young batsman is getting way too many chances in Tests which is shocking really). That's why I am surprised that they also don't seem to notice Manoj Tiwary's coruscating TBC

Posted by Nampally on (September 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT)

Rain Rescues England from a certain Defeat. Throughout this tour Luck favoured England whichled them to a 4-0 Test win. Injury hit half of the Indian players in test series. The same is the case for the ODI's but India found enough bench strength to off set the injuries to some extent. Today, Sharma's injury deprived Indian total of at least 30 runs. Rohit is a big hitter and unfortunately he broke his index finger. SRT's absence was adequately compensated by P.Patel. When India dismissed the openers cheaply England was against the wall. I am sure Kumar would have got both Trott & Bell. So once more Luck came to the rescue of England. In England, the tourists have to get used to weather, play injury free and have lot of luck to beat the home team. What are the odds of all three of these events favouring the visitors!. As long as 3 events favour England theywill escape defeats.

Posted by 1st_april on (September 3, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

congratulations to Indian fans on going 1-0 up in the series(finally!)...... Luck comes full circle...India saved a test at Lords because of rain....

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

The harder you try the luckier you get. We did try hard enough for the first half of the summer so we are not lucky in the second half. There are many positives that we can take away from this match. It took one match to show the depth of Indian cricket in 50 over format. This is possibly the third string Indian Team against the British Team (Combined English and Irish Team). Lets hope the next four games are not washed out. Well the best Dhoni and men in blue.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

Well played india just maintain this form and u'll rock!! Remember we are the team who beat AUSTRALIA IN AUSTRLIA...... so cum on guys!!

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

Guys who do u think should replace robot sharma I think rayudu and god forbid!!! If master is injured then who should come I say pathan or manoj tiwary ... And. I think we should all send a message not to let jadeja and vinay kumar play

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (September 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

It seems both luck and DRS(which is hit&trial method) are against India at the moment....

This match again however proves that Eng bowlers can only do well on custom made pitches.....Indian bowling was far superior today....

This game again proves that BCCI were correct in opposing use of DRS....

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

Parthiv Patel confirms the belief that he should b playing for India at all levels of the game - even at the expense of Dhoni who seems to have lost form in all dept. of the game. And why was Rohit Sharma injured? Was it because he just cant play the sharp rising ball, and if he can't should he be playing international cricket at all?

Posted by dicky_boy on (September 3, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

Lucky English on the other side today they understood what world champions are even without seven premier players a superlative performance . Winning a world cup is a lot different than winning just a home series . So always world champions are world champions

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

god give some luck ......i dont know whats gong on with india....

Posted by CricketChat on (September 3, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

Ind, please get rid of Vinay. He is leaking runs in all games he played. Why don't they play bowlers with pace?.

Posted by ShilajitBava on (September 3, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

We aren't so much in trouble as the experts' multiplicative opinions seem to imply!! All rubbish I'd say!! Our team is mature enough to look into all hurting areas wisely!!

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Well Played Parthiv .... Rahane is impressive on his debut...... India should go with confidence to the next match with today's performance...

Posted by Rakim on (September 3, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

bad luck for India, altho match was pretty open

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

The man to watch out for during the ODI series(RS) is most likely gone..Pity India's luck !!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (September 3, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

Rain saves England. Even God seems to be against India. Anyways, move on to the 2nd ODI.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Indians are not lucky this time as the weather in England could not prevent them from winning this time. Sorry Mr Dhoni, play well in the balance ODI's and help the team stronger and healthier in the matches to come. Well played by Parthiv & Rahane, good support by Virat, & determination by Praveen in the bowling area. Make sure retain the same team for the balance ODI's and replace Rohit by Master.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 3, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Lucky escape for England. India looked more comfortable against the non-swinging white ball and you could at last get a sense that India have arrived on this tour, albeit without most of their stars, which seemed to work in their favour. Unfortunately the forecast for Tuesday also looks disappointing and the long range forecast for the whole month looks iffy as well. But playing in September in England is always a risk, especially with the weather being as it has so far this summer.

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

:-/ Luck is not at all with India in Limited over so many chances goes down in t20 , when we saw out side edges for 6 . and India could have open the account today But it rained at the right time with Rohit Out of series as well

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 3, 2011, 16:55 GMT)

India saved from another whitewash by the weather....

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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