1st ODI: Players who helped end India's win drought
After becoming the whipping boys in England, India returned the favour at home with their big victory in the first ODI. Captain MS Dhoni laid the platform and the spinners cashed in. Here's a look at the players who helped break India's losing streak against England, leading the team to a 126-run win.
Suresh Raina: India were 79/3 in 17.5 overs, scoring at a run-rate of 4.5 when Suresh Raina came to the crease after Gautam Gambhir's departure. Not only did Raina steady India, he also ensured that runs came at a faster pace.
Raina put on a 44-run stand with Virat Kohli and then added 72 runs with captain Dhoni. India had scored 195/5 in 38.5 overs at a run-rate of 5 by the time Raina departed on 61 off 55 balls.
MS Dhoni: The Indian skipper played second fiddle to Raina until the latter was at the crease but took charge after the UP batsman was sent back to the pavilion.
Dhoni's knock of 87 not out off 70 balls, with 10 fours and a six, pushed India's score to 300, which looked far-fetched till mid-innings. He ensured England got a daunting target to chase.
Ravindra Jadeja: After a poor start to England's innings, the visitors looked to take an edge when skipper Alastair Cook was going great guns, also completing his fifty. But, Ravindra Jadeja came on and turned around the match.
The all-rounder reduced England from 111/2 to 126/6 in the space of 4 overs, taking 3 of those wickets. These included Captain Cook, Mr. reliable, Jonathan Trott and England's newest star, Jonny Bairstow.
R Ashwin: If it was Jadeja who started the turnaround, it was Ashwin who made sure the match ended in India's favour. Playing the perfect foil to Jadeja, India's spin specialist did not let the advantage slip and kept up the pressure from the other end as well.
Ashwin also bagged 3 wickets, including the final wicket of Jade Dernbach that sealed India's mammoth victory. His other victims were Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan.