ODI: Tredwell stars in England win

2013-01-12 00:00

JAM ES Tredwell took 4-44 as England restricted India to 316 for nine to win the first of five ODIs by nine wickets at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium yesterday.

The hosts started off well enough, adding 96 runs for the first wicket, before both Gautam Gambhir (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (47) became Tredwell’s first couple of victims.

Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina also got starts, both recording half-centuries, but Tredwell did not allow them to prosper, cleaning them up just as they started to look threatening.

Losing wickets at regular intervals, India struggled to keep up the pace, and even though Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave them a whiff of hope smashing four sixes in his 25-ball 32, the tail could not match his big-hitting power and fell short of the total by a small margin.

Earlier, solid performances by all England’s batsmen lifted their score to 325 for four.

England skipper Alastair Cook and fellow-opener Ian Bell enjoyed the flat track provided, and they put together a hefty 158-run partnership for the first wicket inside 28 overs.

India’s bowling attack seemed flat, and the first wicket came against the run of play — Bell tried for a quick single to short fine leg, but found himself short of his crease when Rahane fired in a bullet-throw to end the batsman’s stay for 85.

Kevin Pietersen (44), on his return after nearly a year’s absence in this format, combined with Eoin Morgan (41) to reach 248 before both batsmen fell victim to Ashok Dinda.

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