India v England, 1st ODI, Rajkot January 11, 2013

Patel swings it

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening ODI between India and England

Understudy of the day

James Tredwell is the sort of unassuming type you might meet pushing a shopping trolley around his local supermarket, pausing to check whether the artichokes are in season. He replaces Graeme Swann with the air of a locum and lacks Swann's sharp turn or devilry, but his offspin is well crafted all the same and his best England figures of 4 for 44 - four out of India's top five - prepared the ground for England's victory.

Coach of the day

Ashley Giles was asked before the match if he regarded Duncan Fletcher as the best coach he had played under. "I wouldn't say he was and I wouldn't say he wasn't," was the gist of his reply. He clearly knows a loaded question when he sees one. Giles had the upper hand in Rajkot, though, winning his first match in charge of England's limited-overs team while another defeat will have done nothing for Fletcher's draining popularity.

Spurt of the day

When Samit Patel replaced Kevin Pietersen at the crease, England were 255 for 4 with 37 balls remaining and by no means unassailable. They added a further 70 with Patel responsible for an unbeaten 40 from 20 balls, one of his most assertive innings for England. His Test series did not entirely go to plan, but he has proved himself an assured batsman in Asian conditions.

Stutter of the day

Perhaps somebody should have a word with R Ashwin? His deliberate delay in his delivery stride, presumably adopted to help him second-guess a batsman, as well as breaking a batsman's rhythm, is simply not working. It was an over-complication which did him few favours, leaving him the least impressive spinner on view - and that included part timers such as Suresh Raina and Joe Root.

Forgiveness of the day

There are times when Jade Dernbach becomes so consumed by the need for variations that they seem to do him more harm than good. He would have been better advised, for example, to concentrate on sorting his line out to the left handers. When he started the 45th over with a slow leg-side wide to Ravindra Jadeja, the frustration of his captain, Alastair Cook, was obvious. Two balls later, he had dismissed MS Dhoni, a slower delivery of full length which Dhoni failed to muscle over long off. All was instantly forgiven.

Debut of the day

India's list of impressive new stadiums grows ever larger. The Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium might not have a catchy name, but for its first international match it produced an excellent batting surface and a glassy outfield. In general terms, it will require better toilets, more imaginative catering and more respectful crowd management for Indian grounds to achieve their full potential, but the progress has been impressive nonetheless.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Damon on January 13, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    @ RandyOz. Ed Cowan and Phil Hughes as two of your top 3 and the England cupboard is bare ? If that's true, the Aussie cupboard has been sold off for firewood.

  • Sharon on January 12, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Blistering innings from Patel. Excellent. As for you @RandyOZ - how bare was YOUR cupboard on Boxing Day 2010.....?

  • j on January 12, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @RandyOz, Remember that whitewash you got handed to you last year? There's plenty more in store this year. What you fail to realize is you make English dominance over Australia even sweeter for it's supporters by your bitterness at being constantly bested. Do keep it coming :)

  • John on January 12, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    @pappadu on (January 11 2013, 18:18 PM GMT) Probably poor captaincy by Dhoni in bowling Ishant the full quota

  • John on January 12, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @Rajraman on (January 12 2013, 04:42 AM GMT), I'm not sure that India's woes are Fletcher's fault specifically. The BCCI seem to have hamstrung him somewhat and, from what I've heard of the relationships between Indian players and their coaches, I'm not sure that they are really giving him a proper chance either. Fletcher did a good job with England so he certainly can make a difference in the right conditions. I think it's clear, though, that he's not the right coach for this India team. I'm not quite sure who is but I think that, personality-wise at least, Ganguly might be a good choice because he would have the respect of the players he obviously made a difference to the players attitudes when he was captain.

  • Rajveer on January 12, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    totally disappointed with india s performance . . Duncan Fletcher should be Sacked immediately

  • Randolph on January 12, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    You know the cupboard is bare when players like Patel and imports like Dernbach, Meaker and Kieswetter are still making the side.

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Said for a while that i'm not convinced with Dernbach and think he should be nowhere near an England shirt.....the only reason he is picking up ncaps is because the likes of Anderson, Broad and Swann are rested on regular occasions. I would much prefer a younger type in there more often who will be potentially around after Anderson retires....Woakes, Meaker (jury still out on that one!), Stokes, Borthwick or even Onions / Tremlett!!

  • Ian on January 12, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    I reckon you've described Dernbach perfectly there. Variations lose their surprise element if you expect one every ball. Also requires more control to get right than he is at present able to attain with sufficient consistency.

    Indian fans, prepare to feel a little bit ill. I actually like Ashwin. I'll accept that there comes a time when he needs to replace potential with performances and there's more than a grain of truth in what Lmaotsetung says below. However, I think the bloke is a pretty good bowler when he stops trying too hard, and as a bonus he knows which end of the bat is which too.

  • j on January 11, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Some entertaining batting from Patel, who has spent years trying and failing to be a regular in the side. He probably won't feature in the test team again, but one only had to watch his talent locally in England to get a real feel for his impact. Would be great to see this vein of form continue for him.

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