India vs England 1st ODI Highlights: Rajkot One Day Cricket | Yuvraj Singh Sehwag

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Watch cricket highlights from the 1st ODI - England vs India - played at Rajkot on November 14, 2008.

Scoreline: India 387/5. Yuvraj Singh: 138 (78) – 16x4, 6x6; Virender Sehwag: 85 (73) 10x4 3x6; Gautam Gambhir: 51 (63).
England 229 all out. Kevin Pietersen: 63 (56); Ravi Bopara: 54 (38). Zaheer khan 3/26.

Yuvraj Singh in all his primal glory. Look out in particular for two breathtaking checked-shots – one for six and one just short. Yuvraj came face to face with Stuart Broad in Broad’s second spell. A little later in the spell, Yuvraj sent the first ball of a new over for a big six. It’s hard to guess what went through Stuart’s mind – was he relieved that the second ball went for a four?

Sehwag and Gambhir tore into the England attack on a docile pitch that KP expected would do more when he elected to bowl after winning the toss. Doubt we’re going to see too many more England run-chases given the choice in the rest of this series. Raina did more of the attacking until he and Yuvraj were around 30, but from thereon it was one-way hitting by Yuvraj. Playing for the most part with a runner (stiff back and all), there were moments when you felt ridiculous watching every second ball being hit further and smoother.

Pieteresen (expectedly) did pretty well during the run-chase as did Ravi Bopara – to England’s credit, though they finished premature (37.4 overs) they did so with a good run-rate of over 6. Samit Patel got a tata from Harbhajan Singh after he was first bamboozled and then stumped.

A well-timed knock for Yuvraj in case there were any doubters on who should take Ganguly’s spot in the test team.

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Pre-match: Ishanth Sharma has been rested and could possibly miss the first couple of games due to an ankle injury he was carrying during the Nagpur test. For England, Ryan Sidebottom will be missing from this game. Sachin Tendulkar had already pulled out from the 1st 3 ODIs, while Badrinath was dropped from the squad - quite inexplicably despite an imperssive showing during the Sri Lanka Series. He was replaced by Murali Vijay who opened during the Nagpur test.