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India loses the first ODI against England
In the first one day match against England played in Rajkot on Friday, India lost to the visitors. But the nine-run-defeat in the very first match of the current five ODI series also came with some positive things for the Indian side.

ALMOST ALL the batsmen opened their hands and scored to some extent satisfactory runs. Where the openers AM Rahane made 47 and Gautam Gambhir scored 52, other batsmen like Yuvraj Singh and SK Raina got their fifties. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in the mood to take the boat of Indian team home but when India needed 55 runs in 35 balls the Indian captain lost his cool and offered a catch off the bowling of Dernbach. He was out for 32 runs in 25 balls with four sixes. But Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja were not up to the mark and they got out at 15 and 7 runs respectively.

Later on R Ashwin and India’s new fast bowler Bhubneshwar Kumar showed some strength trying to exhibit their worth in batting scoring 13 and 20 hitting two fours each after failing in the balling sector offering runs generously. Where Ashwin conceded 61 runs in his 9 overs balling, the fast bowler gave the feast of 52 runs in 7 overs.  

If we talk about Indian balling, except Jadeja and Raina no other bowlers gave the impression of effective bowling. Captain Dhoni took the service of 7 bowlers with two part-time ones. Where Ishant Shrma conceded 86 generous runs in his quota of 10 overs, also AB Dinda could not restrict the English batsmen to take 53 runs in his 8 overs. But Suresh Raina and Ravidra Jadeja were the admirable characters who proved their mettle with their effective balling who did not provide chance the English batsmen to open their hands. Where Raina spent only 18 runs in 5 overs, Jadeja completed his bowlling quota economically conceding 46 runs.     

But the extra runs that too in the form of wide balls is a matter of concern for the Indian side. They gave away 12 runs as gift to the English side and out of 12 there were 10 wides and 2 no balls. All the bowlers except part-timer Virat Kohli conceded wides and Dinda also 2 no balls with 2 wides. And thus India allowed the English team to score 325 runs with the loss of only four wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Where Captain Cook made 75, Ian Bell 85, Kevin Pietersen 44, Eoin Morgan 41, Samit Patel contributed a quick 44 in only 20 balls to take the total to that height which was unreachable for the Indian side. English bawler JC Tredwell was adjudged Man of the Match for his remarkable figure of 10 overs 44 runs and 4 wickets.

Now, with first ODI loss India is lagging behind by 0-1 in the five match series. The four remaining matches are to be played on 15(Kochi),19 (Ranchi), 23 (Chandigarh) and 27th  (Dharamsala) January. Now only time will tell if the poor Indian team will overcome the bad patch and bring smiles back on Indians' faces.

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