Rajkot: It started with a record opening partnership for England, continued as a batting fest with late fireworks, then a spirited chase by India, and finally ended with a packed crowd at the 28,000-strong Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Khanderi, Rajkot going home disappointed as England beat India by nine runs in the first One-Day International on Friday (January 11).
India could make only 316 for nine in reply to England's 325 for four, and that brought England's first win against India in India since they won by five wickets in April 2006 in Jamshedpur, ending a winless sequence of 13 matches.
On a pitch that offered nothing to the bowlers, and with a quick outfield to boot, the match was expected to be dominated by batsmen, and that's exactly what happened. The man who stood out though was James Tredwell, the offspinner, who returned fantastic figures of 4 for 44 off ten overs. Each of his four wickets – Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina – came at key moments, and the wickets were those of India's four highest scorers.