India vs England updates
Raina added 72-run stand for the fifth wicket with skipper Dhoni as they resurrected Indian innings after a slow start. The left hander hit two sixes and five boundaries in his 55-ball knock before Steven Finn got better of him.
Pietersen’s fine catch at the boundary brought curtains to Virat Kohli’s gritty innings as India continued to struggle against the visitors.
Kohli played a gritty knock of 37 off 63 balls that too without any boundary or six. India were in deep trouble as they lost their three top-order batsmen inside 80 runs against England.
England picked up their third wicket in the form of Gautam Gambhir. Seamer Jade Dernbach slower one did the trick as Gambhir was trapped leg before in front of 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.
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.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar.
Alastair Cook (captain), Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Graeme Swann, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach
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