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Friday, 14 October 2011

Dhoni, Raina lift India to 300-7 against England in opening one-dayer at Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, India - Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and middle-order batsman Suresh Raina struck half-centuries to help India reach a challenging 300-7 in 50 overs against England in the opening one-dayer of a five-game series.

Dhoni hit 87 not out and Raina 61, adding 72 runs for the fifth wicket, as the home side made up for a sluggish start after electing to bat at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
The pair took charge after the England bowlers had managed to limit the batsmen in the early part of the innings when India was on 87-3 after 20 overs.
Dhoni batted himself in before opening up. He hit 10 fours and a six to Steven Finn during his 70-ball knock and also added 65 for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.
Raina paced his innings well to score 61 off 55 deliveries. He hit five fours and a six each off pace bowlers Tim Bresnan and Finn before he was out trying to force the pace.
Earlier, England took the early wicket of Parthiv Patel and then removed other opener Ajinkya Rahane, who was stumped neatly by Craig Kieswetter to give off-spinner Graeme Swann a wicket in his first over.
Captain Alastair Cook brought Swann into the attack in the 11th over, as soon as the field restrictions were off.
According to new rules, bowling and batting powerplays have to be used between the 16th and 40th overs, restricting bowling sides from the use of their five powerplay overs immediately after the mandatory 10.
England also used its powerplay well, taken from the 16th over, conceding only 20 runs while taking Gautam Gambhir's wicket.
India struggled to get big partnerships with Gambhir and Virat Kohli being dismissed when well set.
Gambhir was trapped lbw to a fine slow full toss from pace bowler Jade Dernbach for 32 while Kohli was out for 37 when he lofted the ball off left-arm spinner Samit Patel only to see Kevin Pietersen pull off a lovely catch on the long-off boundary. AP

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