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Impressive showThe opening partnership of 158 between Ian Bell (in pic) and Alastair Cook gave England a solid base to build on.PHOTO: PTI
Impressive showThe opening partnership of 158 between Ian Bell (in pic) and Alastair Cook gave England a solid base to build on.PHOTO: PTI

Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane built a 96-run partnership in reply to the imposing run chase of 326 runs that the visitors had set for the hosts in the first one-dayer here on Friday.

At the end of 35 overs, India were in need of 128 runs with 6 wickets remaining with MS Dhoni (0) and Suresh Raina (18) at the crease. James Tredwell picked the wickets of both the openers and Yuvraj Singh while Tim Bresnan dismissed Virat Kohli for 15 runs.

England skipper Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, earlier, broke a 30-year-old opening partnership record as the visitors piled on an imposing total of 325 for 4. Cook, who had buried India with three tons while totalling 562 runs in the four-Test series won by his team last year, and Bell compiled a partnership of 158 for the first wicket, breaking a 30-year record for England against the hosts in the process.

Left-handed Cook made 75 in 84 balls with 11 fours and a six while his right-handed partner was slightly more aggressive in making 85 off 95 balls with nine fours and one six. The duo left in close succession just past the half way stage of the innings but their good work was continued by Kevin Pietersen (44 in 45 balls) and Eoin Morgan (41 in 38 balls).

However, Samit Patel smashed 44 not out in 16 balls, and added 70 runs in the last six overs with Craig Kieswetter who remained unbeaten on 24 off 20 balls.

Bowlers give away runs

The Indian bowlers leaked runs aplenty in the face of the sustained assault on a good batting track by the England opening duo after Cook won the toss and chose to take first strike. Ashok Dinda, who was preferred over Shami Ahmed despite the latter's impressive debut against Pakistan in Delhi last Sunday, was the most successful with 2 for 53.

Ravindra Jadeja (0 for 46 in 10 overs) and Suresh Raina (1 for 18 in 5 overs) bowled economically. Ashwin was expensive with poor figures of none for 61 in nine overs. Senior placer Ishant Sharma conceded 86 runs in his 10 overs, including 20 in his last, which is his worst display in his 51 ODIs while rookie Bhuvneshwar Kumar was also punished by the England batsmen.PTI


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