Rajkot: In a nerve-wrecking match, India lost to England by nine runs in a day-night first one day International cricket match at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Khanderi, on the outskirts of the city here today.
In an attempt to accelerate the run rate, India who being well started losing wickets even after batsmen settled on pitch.
England kept their nerve in the slog over and with accurate bowling in slog overs by medium pacers and spinners, India could reach 316 for nine in stipulated 50 overs.
Captain M S Dhoni who looked in knick of bat, gave away catch at boundary line to J Root after making quick-fire 32 from 25 balls in which he smashed fours over the rope.
From England, most successful bowler was spinner J Tredwell who scalped four wickets for 44 runs in 10 overs while medium pacers J Dernbach and T Bresnon took two wickets each by conceding 69 and 67 runs, respectively.
Chasing stiff target of 326 to win, India started well on the batting track. Openers A Rahane and G Gambhir played with ease and moved the scoreboard at will, putting and on 96 runs in 16.4 overs for the first wicket stand. The England bowlers failed to get early wicket after imposing formidable target of 326 to win on a placid wicket. A Rahane while trying to hit the boundary of spinner J Brenson, was was caught at mid-off by Jade Dernbach of spinner J Tredwell after making 47 runs from 57 balls and smashing six boundaries.
V Kohli joined Gambhir, but Gambhir also soon departed after completing his half century. He too fell to spinner J Tredwell. While hitting the ball, caught at short mid-wicket by I bell. His 52 runs innings in as many balls included 7 fours.
Kohli’s poor form continued here against England. He gave away a simple catch to wicket keeper C Kieswetter after scoring 15 in 22 balls of T Brenson.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, England got off to a good start, Captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell put on 158 run for the first wicket before the later was run out from direct throw off A Rahane. Ian Bell was more aggressive than his partner, he hammered as many as nine fours and one six in his innings of 85.