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Rain forces abandonment of first ODI

By The Assam Tribune

CHESTER-LE-STREET, Sept 3 (PTI): Rain forced abandonment of first cricket One-Dayer between India and England after the match was called off 7.2 overs into the home side�s run chase here today.

Chasing 275 for a win, England were 27 for two in 7.2 overs with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell batting on 14 and two respectively before the rain interruption.

Earlier opening batsman Parthiv Patel struck a fluent 95 to steer India to a competitive 274 for seven.

The left-hander, who was a last minute inclusion in the team due to an injury to Sachin Tendulkar, missed out on what could have been his maiden ODI century by five runs after the visitors were put into bat in overcast conditions.

Patel, whose 95 today was his highest ODI score, shared two productive stands of 82 and 103 runs for the first and second wickets with ODI debutant and opener Ajinkya Rahane (40) and Virat Kohli (55).

Patel manipulated the field cleverly and showed a penchant for pulling anything short as England toiled to make any effect on a featherbed of a wicket at Riverside Park.

But for a dropped chance at point off Tim Bresnan when on eight, Patel batted without nerves, facing 107 deliveries and hitting 12 fours, most of them on the onside.

The Indians began slowly with 22 runs from the first six overs but once they had their eyes in, the two openers unfurled some attractive strokes.

Rahane, who made such a fine impression in the one-off Twenty20 International earlier this week, batted with similar aplomb as he cracked 40 off 44 balls with six fours.

The Mumbai batsman played pulls and lofted strokes against England pacemen and also drove well as he showed fine technique and temperament.

James Anderson bowled tightly for his seven overs, conceding 28 runs, but the rest of the bowlers made little impression on Indian openers.

However, England made two strikes in quick succession to send back Rahane and Rahul Dravid (2), who again fell prey to a controversial decision.

The decision of Rahane�s dismissal was a straightforward one as the right-hander pulled Broad into the hands of fine leg fielder. Dravid�s dismissal, however, was contentious as he was given out caught behind the stumps on a referral even as hot spot did not show any contact with the bat and ball.

The 100th of the Indian innings was brought up in the 22nd over and Patel was soon past his previous best score of 56, made against New Zealand in Chennai last year.

The middle overs were period of consolidation as England brought on left-arm spin of Samit Patel from one end and part-timer Jonathan Trott bowled a few overs of medium pace.

England clawed back into the game with two wickets in 13 balls as well as a batsman sent back injured to the pavilion � in the form of Rohit Sharma without scoring.

In the 38th over when James Anderson, recalled for his second spell, had Patel caught behind the wicket and in the next over, Stuart Broad rapped Rohit on his right index finger forcing the right-hander to retire hurt.

Anderson�s success, in the form of Patel�s wicket, was his 200th wicket in 148 ODIs. England removed Virat Kohli in the 40th over when the right-hander rocked back on his heels to cut the left-arm spin of Samit Patel and was clean bowled.

Kohli made 55 off 73 balls with four fours and India were 207 for four at the end of the 40th over.

SCORECARD

India: Parthiv Patel c Kieswetter b Anderson 95, Ajinkya Rahane c Samit Patel b Broad 40, Rahul Dravid c Kieswetter b Broad 2, Virat Kohli b Samit Patel 55, Rohit Sharma retired hurt 0, Suresh Raina c Cook b Dernbach 38, MS Dhoni c Kieswetter b Bresnan 33, Praveen Kumar not out 2, R Ashwin b Bresnan 0, Vinay Kumar not out 1. Extras: (LB-5, W-3) 8. Total: (for 7 wkts in 50 overs) 274. Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-87, 3-191, 4-206, 5-266, 6-272, 7-272. Bowling: James Anderson 9-0-41-1, Tim Bresnan 10-0-54-2, Stuart Broad 10-0-56-2, Jade Dernbach 9-0-62-1, Samit Patel 10-0-42-1, Jonathan Trott 2-0-14-0.

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Rain forces abandonment of first ODI

CHESTER-LE-STREET, Sept 3 (PTI): Rain forced abandonment of first cricket One-Dayer between India and England after the match was called off 7.2 overs into the home side�s run chase here today.

Chasing 275 for a win, England were 27 for two in 7.2 overs with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell batting on 14 and two respectively before the rain interruption.

Earlier opening batsman Parthiv Patel struck a fluent 95 to steer India to a competitive 274 for seven.

The left-hander, who was a last minute inclusion in the team due to an injury to Sachin Tendulkar, missed out on what could have been his maiden ODI century by five runs after the visitors were put into bat in overcast conditions.

Patel, whose 95 today was his highest ODI score, shared two productive stands of 82 and 103 runs for the first and second wickets with ODI debutant and opener Ajinkya Rahane (40) and Virat Kohli (55).

Patel manipulated the field cleverly and showed a penchant for pulling anything short as England toiled to make any effect on a featherbed of a wicket at Riverside Park.

But for a dropped chance at point off Tim Bresnan when on eight, Patel batted without nerves, facing 107 deliveries and hitting 12 fours, most of them on the onside.

The Indians began slowly with 22 runs from the first six overs but once they had their eyes in, the two openers unfurled some attractive strokes.

Rahane, who made such a fine impression in the one-off Twenty20 International earlier this week, batted with similar aplomb as he cracked 40 off 44 balls with six fours.

The Mumbai batsman played pulls and lofted strokes against England pacemen and also drove well as he showed fine technique and temperament.

James Anderson bowled tightly for his seven overs, conceding 28 runs, but the rest of the bowlers made little impression on Indian openers.

However, England made two strikes in quick succession to send back Rahane and Rahul Dravid (2), who again fell prey to a controversial decision.

The decision of Rahane�s dismissal was a straightforward one as the right-hander pulled Broad into the hands of fine leg fielder. Dravid�s dismissal, however, was contentious as he was given out caught behind the stumps on a referral even as hot spot did not show any contact with the bat and ball.

The 100th of the Indian innings was brought up in the 22nd over and Patel was soon past his previous best score of 56, made against New Zealand in Chennai last year.

The middle overs were period of consolidation as England brought on left-arm spin of Samit Patel from one end and part-timer Jonathan Trott bowled a few overs of medium pace.

England clawed back into the game with two wickets in 13 balls as well as a batsman sent back injured to the pavilion � in the form of Rohit Sharma without scoring.

In the 38th over when James Anderson, recalled for his second spell, had Patel caught behind the wicket and in the next over, Stuart Broad rapped Rohit on his right index finger forcing the right-hander to retire hurt.

Anderson�s success, in the form of Patel�s wicket, was his 200th wicket in 148 ODIs. England removed Virat Kohli in the 40th over when the right-hander rocked back on his heels to cut the left-arm spin of Samit Patel and was clean bowled.

Kohli made 55 off 73 balls with four fours and India were 207 for four at the end of the 40th over.

SCORECARD

India: Parthiv Patel c Kieswetter b Anderson 95, Ajinkya Rahane c Samit Patel b Broad 40, Rahul Dravid c Kieswetter b Broad 2, Virat Kohli b Samit Patel 55, Rohit Sharma retired hurt 0, Suresh Raina c Cook b Dernbach 38, MS Dhoni c Kieswetter b Bresnan 33, Praveen Kumar not out 2, R Ashwin b Bresnan 0, Vinay Kumar not out 1. Extras: (LB-5, W-3) 8. Total: (for 7 wkts in 50 overs) 274. Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-87, 3-191, 4-206, 5-266, 6-272, 7-272. Bowling: James Anderson 9-0-41-1, Tim Bresnan 10-0-54-2, Stuart Broad 10-0-56-2, Jade Dernbach 9-0-62-1, Samit Patel 10-0-42-1, Jonathan Trott 2-0-14-0.