England v India, 1st ODI, Bristol August 25, 2014

Series begins with Bristol washout

ESPNcricinfo staff

England v India Match abandoned

The one-day series between England and India began with an abandonment on a dank Bank Holiday in Bristol, as persistent rainfall prevented any possibility of the players taking to the field.

Rain had begun to fall the previous evening and continued through the night, with the pitch under covers ahead of the scheduled 10.30am start. Although it eased off for periods and the possibility remained for a 20-over game to begin as late as 3.45pm, another heavy shower spurred the umpires to call things off at around 1.30pm.

It meant that for the third year running, the first ODI of the latter part of the English summer was washed out, after series against South Africa and Australia began in similar fashion in Cardiff in 2012 and at Headingley last year. There was also disappointment for Gloucestershire, with Bristol set to host its first ODI since 2010.

The teams will move on to Cardiff for the second of five matches, taking place on Wednesday, with Alex Hales still awaiting his 50-over debut for England. Having lost the Test series 3-1, India will be hoping the change in format brings with it a change in fortune.

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  • siddhartha on August 26, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    India should play a one day series with Sri Lanka. Just like past India will win it by 4-1 and everybody will get back into form

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Tomorrow at Cardiff it may rain in the evening (around 4 pm). If this weather forecast is correct then the rain may affect the later part of the 2nd session. This also means the D/L method may come into picture. This also means the team which wins the toss may prefer fielding first unless there is something else compelling to do the batting first.

    As far as the toss pattern goes doni generally has very high luck for winning the toss and he most often chooses to field first. Hope tomorrow cook has more luck than doni so that cook can win the toss and choose fielding first unless there is some very strong reason for batting first. Even toss is won england still have to play very very well to win the ODI because india has one of the best ODI teams.

  • John on August 26, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    @thozar on (August 25, 2014, 16:23 GMT) Stop blaming everything on luck. There were times when it was overcast when Eng batted too and one of the worst sessions India had (and IMO the pivotal session) was when MSD decided to bat 1st when the overhead conditions were ideal for bowling. If Eng had won the toss then you may have had a point but MSD made a poor decision after being lucky to win the toss.

  • Android on August 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Well.. India's luck... i must say...

  • Rahul on August 26, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    RISE AGAINST HATE...!! #MindBogglingWin To #SpinelessCricket - Current Indian team has shown both colors of being nostalgic in the swinging conditions of England, However after the end of test series and a shameful performance from the trusted talent of rising Indian team must have rang the bells of shock for the SELECTORS as well. New format will bring new mind set as well as new roster of players for ODI's, A huge task for #RaviShastri will be to get the team together for a TEAM EFFORT to strike back on full force. Cardiff is known to help both batters & bowlers when it comes to playing conditions, However a huge task awaits for the Indians to grab the command & prove why they are WORLD CHAMPIONS reliving the likes of CHAMPIONS TROPHY & ICC WORLD CUP 2011. It's all about one spark which can ignite the fire of hunger within players of being around runs. Remember the OLD GLORY of 1983, 2007 & 2011...The dominance of TRI-COLOR on the world & STRIKE BACK...!!

  • piyush on August 26, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @ thozar-- Let them say what they want about Indian team.. But you can't argue that if Indian test team tours SriLanka now, India will be white washed..

    You have to admit that Indian test team is currently poorer than most other teams.. But as time passes the young Indian players will find form and Indian test team will be stronger as ever...

    We as a fan can just hope that it happens sooner than later....

  • Android on August 26, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Is it going to be another 3-1? Conditions seem to conspire for that result

  • piyush on August 26, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @Ind.rosh11 says " why we Indians are so selfish & over confident as we never give respect to any other team. ".. mate atleast we don't bash or target a particular country when they play bad cricket...

    We Indian fans are obssessed about our own team so what problem do you have with that.. We don't mock other teams.. So why don't other fans do the same by focussing on their own teams...

    And if you think Indian fans donot respect other teams then you are terribly wrong...

  • raghuveer on August 26, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Best team: AMRahane, RAJadeja, VKohli, ATRayudu, MSDhoni*†, SKRaina, STRBinny, BKumar, KVSharma, DSKulkarni, MohammedShami

  • raghuveer on August 26, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Jadeja and Rahane should open. Binny should be in team.

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