result
1st ODI, Rajkot, Nov 14 2008, England tour of India
387/5
(37.4/50 ov, target 388)229
India won by 158 runs
player of the match
12y
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Yuvraj century sets up crushing win

India posted 387 for 5 in 50 overs of ballistic strokeplay and England could only reply with 229, and suffered their third heaviest ODI defeat ever

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Scorecard summary
India387/5(50 overs)
England229/10(37.4 overs)

Massive win. Sehwag indulged, Gambhir enjoyed himself, and Yuvraj Singh dazzled the senses with a blistering attack to propel India to a match-winning total. Zaheer and Munaf pushed England on the back foot and the chase went nowhere. KP and Bopara hit fifties but it was too little and too late.

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Hang on for post-match ceremony.

Pietersen: At the end of the day when you stand up and watch innings like Yuvraj - Sehwag and Gambhir also played well, you just have to say well played guys. The pitch was a perfect batting beauty. They played superb cricket today. We have to regroup and sort things out. There are six games still left.

Dhoni: We want to start on a good note. We also wanted to field but the pitch didn't do much. It was a fantastic start given by Sehwag, Gambhir and Raina. And Yuvraj was fantastic. That kind of innings just takes you through. The bowlers bowled well. Yuvraj stood out as individual. It's tough to set a target - you don't know when to take the powerplay, most of the teams will take from 35 to 40.

Zaheer and Munaf bowled on the right areas; it was a wicket where you had to bowl a bit up. it was not a hit-the-deck wicket. After their spell, the game was ours totally. Just go back and enjoy for a day. Then regroup and practice.

Man of the Match Yuvraj : "It has been a hard couple of bad months. Didnt have a good last series and was not in the Test series. Sat down and thought about what I need to do to improve. The rate at which I carried on, this is one of my best knocks in ODI. I didn't have to run, i just pressed the pedal. Guys around me like Raina helped and before Viru and Gambhir gave a good start. It was a great batting wicket. I pulled a muscle in the back; will try to get fit for the next game."

Yuvraj gets the man of the match and gets a bike. Dhoni can't wait for Yuvraj to get down as he gets on to drive the bike!

Let the boys drive. That's it from us. On behalf of Binoy George, this is Sriram Veera signing off. Thanks for logging on. Alvida!

37.4
W
Pathan to Anderson, OUT

Game over. Fired in full and straight, Anderson misses the attempted paddle. Hawk eye suggets it would have turned and missed the off stump. India have won by 158 runs.

James Anderson lbw b Pathan 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
37.3
1
Pathan to Bopara, 1 run

drags it to deep midwicket for a single

37.2
6
Pathan to Bopara, SIX runs

reaches his fifty and sends notice to KP with a slog sweep.

37.1
4
Pathan to Bopara, FOUR runs

flighted outside off stump, driven through covers. Superbly struck.

end of over 3711 runs
ENG: 218/9CRR: 5.89 RRR: 13.08 • Need 170 from 13 overs
James Anderson0 (3)
Ravi Bopara43 (35)
Harbhajan Singh8-0-47-1
Virender Sehwag9-0-68-1
36.6
Harbhajan to Anderson, no run

leans forward to defend to the off side

36.5
Harbhajan to Anderson, no run

goes for the cut but can't connect

36.4
Harbhajan to Anderson, no run

on the back foot, pushed to the off side

36.3
1
Harbhajan to Bopara, 1 run
36.2
4
Harbhajan to Bopara, FOUR runs

goes back to cut through cover point for a boundary

36.1
6
Harbhajan to Bopara, SIX runs

almost holed up at deep midwicket. It was slog swept to the boundary and Rohit dives over the ropes and lands on his elbow. It could have been dangerous.. Careful boy.

end of over 3615 runs • 2 wickets
ENG: 207/9CRR: 5.75 RRR: 12.93 • Need 181 from 14 overs
Ravi Bopara32 (32)
Virender Sehwag9-0-68-1
Harbhajan Singh7-0-36-1
35.6
W
Sehwag to Bopara, OUT

Harmison is run out. It was turned to Harbhajan Singh at short fine-leg and they go for the risky single. The throw comes in right on target and Dhoni breaks the stumps.

Steve Harmison run out (Harbhajan Singh/†Dhoni) 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
35.5
6
Sehwag to Bopara, SIX runs

biffed away. He went down on his knee and didn't propose. But sent the ball soaring over midwicket

35.4
6
Sehwag to Bopara, SIX runs

friendly full toss and Bopara clubs it to deep midwicket boundary

35.3
W
Sehwag to Broad, OUT

Again too much elevation and it drops into Gambhir's hands at long-on. Eight wickets down. Bopara now, no one is going to argue hopefully, left with tail enders

Stuart Broad c Gambhir b Sehwag 26 (28m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 104
35.2
2
Sehwag to Broad, 2 runs

on the middle and leg, Broad gets under it and swing it over midwicket. But gets more elevation than necessary but it drops safely in the cow corner

35.1
1
Sehwag to Bopara, 1 run

driven through the on side for a single

end of over 3510 runs
ENG: 192/7CRR: 5.48 RRR: 13.07 • Need 196 from 15 overs
Stuart Broad24 (23)
Ravi Bopara19 (28)
Harbhajan Singh7-0-36-1
Virender Sehwag8-0-53-0
34.6
Harbhajan to Broad, no run

full toss, Broad can't put it away; hit back to the bowler

34.5
Harbhajan to Broad, no run

slow through the air, Broad goes hard into the drive and mistimes it back to the bowler

34.4
1
Harbhajan to Bopara, 1 run

slower but on the leg stump line, swept to long leg

34.3
1
Harbhajan to Broad, 1 run

sliced off the outer edge to backward point region

Best performances - batters
Yuvraj Singh portrait
Yuvraj Singh
138 runs (78)
16 fours
6 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
leg glance
35 runs
3 fours
2 sixes
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Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag
85 runs (73)
10 fours
3 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
leg glance
37 runs
5 fours
1 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Zaheer Khan player pic
Z Khan
O
7
M
1
R
26
W
3
ECO
3.71
Steve Harmison
SJ Harmison
O
10
M
0
R
75
W
2
ECO
7.5
Match details
Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
Series resultIndia led the 7-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2774
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30 Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Match days14 November 2008 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
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Amiesh Saheba
Zimbabwe Image
Russell Tiffin
TV Umpire
India Image
Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
India Image
MR Singh
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama