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India Wins first ODI against England at Hyderabad

on October 15, 2011

India defeated England in first ODI at Hyderabad

Ably supported by bowlers Ashwin and Jadeja, with three wickets each, skipper Dhoni and Raina batted superbly to steer India to a 126-run victory in the first ODI against England at Hyderabad on October 14, 2011.
India had opted to bat on winning the toss.
Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 87 in 70 deliveries while Raina made a quick fire 55 in 61 balls.
The last 15 overs produced a staggering 150 runs. Dhoni plundered 10 boundaries and a six in his 42nd half century in ODIs. This is significant considering the pressure he was in after England tour.
India were making runs at a relatively slow pace for the first 35 overs following some disciplined bowling by the England before the Dhoni-Raina duo started the hammering of the England bowlers adding 72 runs for in only 10 overs. Raina completed his 50 with a six off Bresnan’s bowling. He made 61 with the help of five fours and two sixes.
Raina’s belligerent attack in the mandatory batting Powerplay overs (from 36 to 40th) delivered 59 runs. Raina had most of his shots in between the extra cover and mid-wicket while Dhoni blasted all bowlers with comfort and ease.
After Raina departed, Dhoni decided to punish the English bowlers which he did for the better part of the innings.
Opting to bat first, the Indian batsmen made a complete mess of the first mandatory Powerplay when India managed only 47 runs losing Parthiv Patel’s wicket.


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