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Friday, 14 October 2011

Ind vs Eng: Graeme Swann dismisses Ajinkya Rahane, India 2 down

NEW DELHI: India got off to a bad start as they lost openers Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel against England in the first ODI of the five-match series at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.


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Rahane, who scored a patient 15 off 41 balls, went for the big heave but missed Graeme Swann's delivery completely as wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter made no mistake in removing the stumps.

Earlier, India suffered an early setback when they lost Parthiv Patel in a dramatic run-out. Patel, who made 9 off 10 balls, got run-out after he was caught outside the crease at the non-striker's end.

Seamer Steven Finn tried to stop the ball which touched his fingers on the way to hit the stumps. Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat against England.

India have decided to go with three seamers in Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav along with lone specialist spinner in R Ashwin.

The tourists left out seasoned batsman Ian Bell to accommodate exciting youngster Jonathan Bairstow, who smashed an unbeaten century off 53 balls in a practice match on Tuesday.

It's redemption time for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men as they will be itching to settle scores having failed to secure a single victory in international matches in England, having lost four Tests, three ODIs and one Twenty20 international during their recent tour.

This will be the first series where the new ICC rule of using separate new balls from both ends will be implemented along with changed Powerplay rules.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach  TNN

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