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James Tredwell (r) celebrates a wicket. -File photo

On a day that saw 641 runs being scored, England held their nerve to edge out India in a thrilling opening to the five-match ODI series.

After having won the toss and opting to bat first on a flat Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium wicket, Alastair Cook along with Ian bell plundered the Indian bowling line, amassing 325-4 from their 50 overs.

They were ably supported by fluent but brief knocks by Kevin Pietersen (44) and Eoin Morgan (41) and a late flurry by Samit Patel who smashed 44 off just 20 balls, including six fours and one six.

The effort reflected heavily on the Indian bowling charts, with Ishant Sharma going for a whopping 86 off his 10 luckless overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made a dream debut to his ODI career against Pakistan, went for 52 from his 7 while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin conceded 61 from 9.

India’s reply packed a punch, largely due to half-centuries from three lefties Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina but they were up against too big a task.

James Tredwell, England’s most successful bowler in the match with 4-44, largely put the breaks before pacer Jade Dernbach (2-69) cleaned up to leave India nine short of the target.

England's victory was their first in 14 away matches against India - a barren run stretching back to April 2006.

The two teams will now head to Kochi to face off in the second ODI on January 15.

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Comments (7)

Anony
January 11, 2013 5:51 pm
This is excellent news. Well done England.
john
January 11, 2013 5:47 pm
India Lost!!Yeay!!!!England will crush India once again
Cover Drive
January 11, 2013 5:05 pm
Someone messed up, Man of the Match is not Dhoni.
khan
January 11, 2013 7:41 pm
Indian Board is not bagging yet.
Mohammed
January 11, 2013 7:45 pm
Dhoni is man of the match again!!!!
AKAK
January 11, 2013 11:22 pm
India is just a big talk???
S M Inohd
January 13, 2013 3:55 am
Australia beat New Zealand in the first ODI. MS Dhoni is man of the match.
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