Rain washes out first England v India ODI

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Rain ruined the first one-day  international between England and India yesterday with the  match at Durham being abandoned when the hosts were on 27 for 2  chasing India’s 274 for seven.

The umpires called the game off at 1630 GMT when rain began  falling again after England were set a revised target of 164 to  win from 20 overs.

India, who were thrashed 4-0 in the test series by England,  could at least take some heart from a reasonable batting effort  with Parthiv Patel scoring 95 before becoming James Anderson’s  200th one-day international victim.

Fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane also managed 40 in an opening  stand of 82 with Patel while Virat Kohli scored a fluent half  century for the visitors who suffered a blow when Rohit Sharma  retired hurt with a broken finger from a Stuart Broad fizzer.

Suresh Raina blasted a couple of sixes in his 38 off 29  balls while MS Dhoni managed 33 off 36 but England stemmed the  flow of runs towards the end of the innings.

In reply Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter fell cheaply to  Praveen Kumar before rain intervened.

India innings
P. Patel c Kieswetter b Anderson                                            95
A. Rahane c Patel b Broad                                                 40
R. Dravid c Kieswetter b Broad                                               2
V. Kohli b Patel 55 R. Sharma retired hurt                               0
S. Raina c Cook b Dernbach                                                  38
MS Dhoni c Kieswetter b Bresnan                                         33
P. Kumar not out                                                                     2
R. Ashwin b Bresnan                                                               0
R. Vinay Kumar not out                                                            1
Extras (lb 5 w 3)                                                                   8
Total (for seven wickets; 50 overs)                                      274
Did not bat: M. Patel
Fall of wickets: 1-82 2-87 3-190 3-191* (Sharma, retired not out) 4-206 5-266 6-272 7-272
Bowling: J. Anderson 9-0-41-1, T. Bresnan 10-0-54-2 (2w), S. Broad 10-0-56-2, J. Dernbach 9-0-62-1, S. Patel 10-0-42-1, J. Trott 2-0-14-0 (1w) (Editing by Toby Davis)

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