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England v India 1st ODI

First one-day international, Rose Bowl:
England 288-2 (50 ovs) v India 184 (50 ovs)

By Jamie Lillywhite

England celebrate
Anderson's impressive opening burst put England firmly in control
England defeated India by 104 runs in the opening one-day international.

Maiden one-day centuries from Alastair Cook and Ian Bell led England to 288-2 off 50 overs after they were put in, with Bell 126 not out from 118 balls.

Monty Panesar ran out Sourav Ganguly in the third over of India's reply and James Anderson took two wickets in an over in a spell of 3-14 from six overs.

Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Dhoni shared 68 but fell within 10 balls, Anderson with 4-23 as India were 184 all out.

Dravid surprised many by deciding his team would bat under the lights later in the day, but they were already turned on when England began under gloomy skies on an unseasonally cold, breezy day at Hampshire's Rose Bowl.

Cook struck the first boundary in the fourth over but the next did not arrive until the eighth.

Alastair Cook
Cook gradually began to expand his range of strokes

Matt Prior took a step down the pitch and lofted Zaheer Khan straight back over his head for six but the left-armer soon had the last word when Prior top edged to mid-on.

Spinners Sachin Tendulkar and Piyush Chawla looked set to increase the stranglehold, but Cook demonstrated more potential for adapting when he slog-swept Chawla over mid-wicket for four and Bell pulled a Tendulkar long hop for a one-bounce four.

Bell also proved he has more than nudges and glances with a delightfully struck straight drive for six off the teenage Chawla.

Despite the lack of relative lack of progress in the powerplays, with 88-1 in the 20 overs, the 150 came up in the 31st over.

Yuvraj Singh was the seventh bowler used in those 31 overs, India lacking a wicket-taking bowler and looking a little ragged in the field, hardly revelling in the bracing conditions.

Cook and Bell were still together when the 200 came up in the 39th over and Cook whipped a length delivery on off-stump through mid-on to move to 99, reaching 100 from 122 balls.

Having executed his task with 102, Cook got an inside edge into his stumps trying to heave RP Singh, which left Pietersen with little more than eight overs.

He quickly had a boundary to his name, courtesy of some abysmal fielding on the boundary by Gautam Gambhir.

Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen
Flintoff was fast and accurate on his international return

Pietersen hit another four as the 250 arrived in the 46th over, quickly recording a 50-stand in 40 balls with Bell.

Questions remained about how good a target England had set, given India's powerhouse batting line-up, but they were largely answered in the opening 12 overs.

The formidable opening pair of Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar was broken when the languid Ganguly assumed Panesar would fail to stop a Tendulkar drive in the third over and turned without looking to set off for a second run.

Instead, Panesar parried the ball, quickly hurled in a pinpoint throw to Prior and Ganguly could not get back in time.

Andrew Flintoff, in his first match for England since the World Cup in April, reached 90mph in his first over and bowled with impressive accuracy in two spells, with only some rogue no-balls to mildly inconvenience him.

He would have dismissed Dhoni with a bouncer gloved to Prior only for his front foot to be marginally over the line, but it did not prove costly, Dhoni making a strangely subdued 19.

Dravid hit Panesar straight down the ground for six but with Dimi Mascarenhas doing his job of containing medium pace in partnership with the spinner, the rate climbed above eight.

The 100 arrived in the 30th over, at which point England were 146-1, Dhoni infuriating his captain when assuming a lofted drive would go for four and not bothering to run, only for the ball to plug in the dewy outfield to allow only a single.

Paul Collingwood turned again to Flintoff in the hope of breaking the one Indian partnership of note and his talisman obliged, testing Dhoni with another short one that proved too quick for him and brushed the glove.

Mascarenhas captured his first one-day international wicket with the key scalp of Dravid, who swept and was expertly taken by Prior at the stumps.

There was time for two farcial run outs, Ajit Agarkar calling for a run into the covers but sent back when halfway down the pitch by Dinesh Karthik, Collingwood swooping to inflict his dismissal and Karthik equally quick to avoid the gaze of his partner as he made his way back to the pavilion.

The third run out of the innings saw both batsmen at the same end, a bemused Chawla finally trudging off after the umpires worked out which was the one to depart.

Zaheer launched two late sixes into the night sky but Anderson's yorker put an emphatic end to his innings and gave the Lancashire swing bowler his best return in limited overs, Panesar applying the gloss with a wicket from the final delivery.

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