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

Series begins with Bristol washout

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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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  • siddhartha87 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

  • 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.

  • JG2704 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.

  • on August 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

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

  • The_Creator 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...!!

  • subcontinent-expert 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....

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:39 GMT

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

  • subcontinent-expert 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...

  • ragcool81 on August 26, 2014, 7:34 GMT

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

  • ragcool81 on August 26, 2014, 7:27 GMT

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

  • siddhartha87 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

  • 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.

  • JG2704 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.

  • on August 26, 2014, 8:15 GMT

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

  • The_Creator 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...!!

  • subcontinent-expert 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....

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:39 GMT

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

  • subcontinent-expert 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...

  • ragcool81 on August 26, 2014, 7:34 GMT

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

  • ragcool81 on August 26, 2014, 7:27 GMT

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

  • on August 26, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    I was expecting, and hoping, that there will be a real fightback from India in the ODIs. But even the elements seem to be deserting us. English summer decided to make an early exit; making way for an early autumn. With the new weather conditions, the England bowlers can become even more difficult to tackle. Hence, I am pushed back into a pessimistic mood.

    The men on the spot, the "Coaching Crowd" (Shastri, Fletcher, Dhoni, Bangar, Arun & Sridhar) are in the best position to judge India's chances. Our cricketers are really good, especially in the short format; but not necessarily in the current English conditions. IF (big if) they think that our chances of winning are low, they should use this opportunity to try out new players.

    If the new set wins, it is superb. If they lose, at least they will gain valuable experience against the right opposition; not the kind of experience one can get playing a second string Middlesex, which has just three potentially national level players.

  • balaji1961 on August 26, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Now one thing is quite sure. India will not be defeated by England by the margin of 5-0. thank God.

  • on August 26, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    How's much chance should rohit sharma required to prove himself????... Frm last 7 years we r hearing he gots more talents... But he never prove himself tht he hv talent.. Just give chances some other guys like sanjuy samsung.

  • Varun_Khaitan on August 26, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    India should have included Aron or Ishant, considering they had done well in the tests apart from Bhuvi. India badly need a fast bowler who has had a month long experience in these English conditions. Umesh is fast but very new to these conditions.

  • JustIPL on August 26, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Not practical to have a reserve day for each ODI as there will be nightmare of logistical issues, advertising, fans can't take off for two consecutive days for each ODI they want to watch. Weather is an integral part of cricket game as covered stands cant produce swing, movement, spin that open air provides which is the beauty of cricket. Any other method such as D/L should be employed to find results and that is all.

  • on August 26, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Well done India, this is the best result you can hope for. now hope for the 04 other ODIs and you are thru to a squared series. Good luck

  • MelbourneMiracle on August 26, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    @ thozar: Do you already put Mathews in the same league of Clarke and Smith already? That alone proves how much Mathews' captaincy has risen up and feared the other teams in the world. Get ready for some pummeling from the most informed Cricketer in the world during WC 2015.

  • SANATP22 on August 26, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Nice that Dhoni and his team mate get enough rest now. but want to see some one Indian batman, kick off Anderson blowing all over because he is fail as one day cricketer same as Michel Vaughan who don't want speak and what that do after retirement.

  • on August 26, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Will Cardiff 2014 ODI go the Cardiff 2012 way? If so, India has avoided 0-5 today, and can avoid 0-4 too!

  • on August 26, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    There is nothing for shame if any team loses badly..if Brazil can lost 7-1 in a wc semi,worse thing can happen in sports.....talkin at cricket..my point is,dhoni debut at 23 n became captain in 25 of his age...virat debut at 20 n he is almost 26 nw...tym for him to take sum responsibility !!

  • kazun1 on August 26, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    At least if it allow to play for 20 overs England could easily win the match. In 20 overs England can all out this India side.

  • Indian_Kari_Pakku on August 26, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    These international series defeats doesn't matter. Next year in IPL our players will perform. May be we should consider sending our women team to the 2015 world cup. Couldn't be worst than this men team. Dhoni should quit captaincy. If Kohli and Dhawan do not perform in this series let them play for India A for a while.

  • landl47 on August 26, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    MSD press conference:

    A wonderful effort by the lads, especially considering we didn't win the toss. The batsmen were consistent from 1 to 11 and the bowlers didn't concede a run. Those who said my wicketkeeping wasn't good enough should look at the extras- not a single bye.

    The fielding was brilliant, too. Samson dropped a ball during the course of the afternoon, but he's a very young guy and we expected that. It's a process.

    This proves those who predicted we would lose the ODI series 5-0 were wrong. We've already shown that we can achieve better results in the ODIs than we did in the last 3 tests. I've looked at the weather forecast for Wednesday and I'm confident we can repeat our success here in the next game.

  • jmcilhinney on August 26, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    @thozar on (August 25, 2014, 19:47 GMT), that attitude is exactly what's wrong. Who cares if Dhoni has won a WC? I don't think anyone has questioned Dhoni's limited-overs credentials here. It is specifically Dhoni's captaincy in Test cricket that is the issue and keeping him as Test captain because he's good in limited-overs cricket is not doing India's Test team any favours.

  • sudhindranath on August 25, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    @Chetan Asher: I can't say that Indian players are "spectacular" fielders in the outfield! A more accurate statement would be that they are not as bad as they used to be, say 20-25 years ago.

    However, it is no exaggeration to say that as close-in fielders, they have been really lousy.

  • thozar on August 25, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    So-called great captain Misbah lost badly to S Africa and Sri Lanka. So-called great captain Angelo Mathews lost to S Africa at home. So-called great captain Clarke lost to England and S Africa away. Smith lost to Oz. But no one blames them. When India loses, everyone blames Dhoni. Dhoni has one big achievement that none of these other captains have. That is winning a world cup. He also won T20 world cup and Champions trophy. Do you remember the final of 2011 world cup when he promoted himself up the order and made a rapid 90+ to win the world cup for India? Lankans are still sore because they were at the receiving end of that and several other thrashings.

  • on August 25, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Indian cricketers, fed on a Diet of IPL are spectacular fielders in the outfield, absolutely useless in the slip cordon. That is what has cost India the series. Whereas English bowlers had to get India's top order out once in an innings, from the 3rd test onwards, India's slipping fielders have ensured that our bowlers get tired & have nothing to show with catches being dropped. One of the strategies that could be applied to improve India's Intl. performance - All IPL franchisees contribute to an Indian test fund by paying what they pay their highest paid player. This fund to be equally distributed between 12 test prospects who will not play the IPL, will instead work on their batting, bowling & fielding skills in the English counties & Sheffield Shield games in Australia. Players receive from the corpus commensurate to their performance on the field, non performers' share going to the Prime Minister's Relief fund

  • doubtingthomas on August 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Team India must be a happy lot today. They were spared the ignominy of a loss, and who wants to play cricket when there's so much fun to be had on a paid trip to England?

  • on August 25, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    It's always easy to point out someone's caliber as a test captain and his strategies. The first thing we need to understand that there is no replacement for dhoni as of now. I have seen many comments about dhoni leadership qualities for recent debacle from sub continent cricketing nations. I don't understand one thing why people are posting rubbish comments about indian batsmen and bcci. Let sleeping dogs lie. Yes, I do agree that we are disappointed with the way things are gone in the recent times and yet again we have given chance to critics that we are flat tract bullies. If we are flat track bullies then y don't they ask themselves . If You see recent bilateral series are won by host countries. Every cloud has a silver lining

  • thozar on August 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    @kartcric, well said my friend. Lankan fans have been humiliating us since the 3rd test. Their over the top comments have been fueled by their win and our loss. What they conveniently forget is that they did not play a 5 test series. Their feeble "series" win was a 1-0 win in a 2 test "series" in which they barely drew one and barely won another. India would also have won 1-0 if we played a 2 test "series". Conversely had Lanka played 5 tests, they would also have lost. It is sad that some so-called Indian fans have also jumped into this bandwagon and are bashing our team.

    Lanka has not won a single test in India. Let them first win one test and then we can talk.

  • on August 25, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    A 0-5 has been avoided by India xD

  • india_boy33 on August 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    @kartcric- Yes you are right mate. I apologise for my hard words but if a country/team (no matter if it is Aus, Ind, Eng or SA) is performing well in any format then they deserve it because they played it very well in comparison to other teams/country. I just want to say that Oz are played as No.1 against Zim. They outplayed Zim in each & every department. I know that we are not as aggressive as Aussies are on field but we have calibre & potential as much as Aussies have.

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Good result for Ind. A draw/abandonment is as good as win on this tour. 0-5 avoided for ODIs.

  • Ramansilva on August 25, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Thanks to rain gods, India cannot lose 3-0 now.

  • thozar on August 25, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    This is what I call bad luck. India is not the best when it comes to test matches and our luck also didn't help. It was overcast when we were batting and when we were bowling the sun shone making it easy for England batsmen to score runs. Now one day is a format in which we are among the best if not the best. But look what happens? It rains and the match is abandoned without a ball being bowled. Just when Kohli was getting back to form and when Dhawan and Rohit were ready to replicate their performances in the champions trophy last year, when Bhuvi was ready to rock England with this swing and when the best finisher in the world Dhoni was ready to finish games and get some morale for the team back, the rain plays spoilsport. Lets hope our bad luck doesn't continue anymore. We should sign off this wretched tour on a high. No better sign off than a strong ODI performance that will boost our morale for the world cup.

  • india_boy33 on August 25, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @Prashanth Narasimhan Ashokan- I think #Calvin Palmer Warbah is talking about ODI matches & test matches. He is right in his every line he wrote. I still remember the brutal whitewashes of our team India in SA & NZ & just on behalf of champions trophy you think that Indian team is the best in the world. I am not an Aussie fan but this is damn true that they are deserve No.1 team in ODI & also close to the No.1 test side in the world. I can't understand why we Indians are so selfish & over confident as we never give respect to any other team.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Lucky india...thanks to the rain gods

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    If weather remains to be like this in Cardiff Wales too i would suggest ecb should be considering to shift it too some other venue. with world cup coming up each n every odi is gonna be important to both the teams. there's no point in just sitting in the dressing room and seeing the match getting washed out.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Normal bank holiday weather. ECB should know by now.

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    @Calvin, pretty much the same guys in the Aussie team, weren't even able to get their team to the semis of the World T20. Our Indian team with the laughing stock bunch you mentioned, made it to the finals. Don't tell me it were the conditions that helped India. Then I would have to point out the Champions League. The tourney started bright and sunny with dry pitches, but turned to typical Eng conditions towards the latter half and India won it. It's all recent performances that make one team look powerful and another weak.

  • Sanjoy_Shillong on August 25, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Even the rain Gods seem to have gotten bored with the performance of this Indian team and decided to do away with this match..

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    having watched the Australian squad against Zimbabwe and their batting and bowling creates goosebumps among an Indian fan like me. With the likes of Maxwell, finch, Johnson, starc etc..the Indians would be doomed. We don't have an aggressor like Maxwell or a pace like starc or Johnson. the Dhawans the kohlis the kumars would be a laughing stock for sure.

  • dur.dungar on August 25, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Next ODI at Cardiff also looking to be washed out. Weather does not look good for Cardiff.

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  • dur.dungar on August 25, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Next ODI at Cardiff also looking to be washed out. Weather does not look good for Cardiff.

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    having watched the Australian squad against Zimbabwe and their batting and bowling creates goosebumps among an Indian fan like me. With the likes of Maxwell, finch, Johnson, starc etc..the Indians would be doomed. We don't have an aggressor like Maxwell or a pace like starc or Johnson. the Dhawans the kohlis the kumars would be a laughing stock for sure.

  • Sanjoy_Shillong on August 25, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Even the rain Gods seem to have gotten bored with the performance of this Indian team and decided to do away with this match..

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    @Calvin, pretty much the same guys in the Aussie team, weren't even able to get their team to the semis of the World T20. Our Indian team with the laughing stock bunch you mentioned, made it to the finals. Don't tell me it were the conditions that helped India. Then I would have to point out the Champions League. The tourney started bright and sunny with dry pitches, but turned to typical Eng conditions towards the latter half and India won it. It's all recent performances that make one team look powerful and another weak.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Normal bank holiday weather. ECB should know by now.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    If weather remains to be like this in Cardiff Wales too i would suggest ecb should be considering to shift it too some other venue. with world cup coming up each n every odi is gonna be important to both the teams. there's no point in just sitting in the dressing room and seeing the match getting washed out.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Lucky india...thanks to the rain gods

  • india_boy33 on August 25, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @Prashanth Narasimhan Ashokan- I think #Calvin Palmer Warbah is talking about ODI matches & test matches. He is right in his every line he wrote. I still remember the brutal whitewashes of our team India in SA & NZ & just on behalf of champions trophy you think that Indian team is the best in the world. I am not an Aussie fan but this is damn true that they are deserve No.1 team in ODI & also close to the No.1 test side in the world. I can't understand why we Indians are so selfish & over confident as we never give respect to any other team.

  • thozar on August 25, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    This is what I call bad luck. India is not the best when it comes to test matches and our luck also didn't help. It was overcast when we were batting and when we were bowling the sun shone making it easy for England batsmen to score runs. Now one day is a format in which we are among the best if not the best. But look what happens? It rains and the match is abandoned without a ball being bowled. Just when Kohli was getting back to form and when Dhawan and Rohit were ready to replicate their performances in the champions trophy last year, when Bhuvi was ready to rock England with this swing and when the best finisher in the world Dhoni was ready to finish games and get some morale for the team back, the rain plays spoilsport. Lets hope our bad luck doesn't continue anymore. We should sign off this wretched tour on a high. No better sign off than a strong ODI performance that will boost our morale for the world cup.

  • Ramansilva on August 25, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Thanks to rain gods, India cannot lose 3-0 now.