Suresh Raina slammed a century while Ravindra Jadeja claimed four wickets to help India to a comprehensive win against England at Cardiff. Here are the highlights (SCORECARD)
22:38 (IST): Many experts said that India in Tests and the team in ODIs are two different forces. While the jury is out on that , Dhoni's men displayed fantastic cricket today to script a memorable win. "ODI is a great format to come back into form. Players have the freedom to express themselves on the field," said the Indian skipper at the post-match presentation. (Read more here | Match in pics)
22:36 (IST): It's all over! England bowled out on 161 by India with Ashwin claiming the last wicket of Tredwell (10). The margin of win? A mammoth 133 (D/L method).
22:24 (IST): OUT! Woakes had hit Shami for a six. Jadeja avenges his teammate and gets the batsman stumped on 20. England now a wicket away from a humiliating loss.
India are a different class in ODI cricket....- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 27, 2014
22:13 (IST): OUT! Chris Jordan's turn to walk back. He bowled 12 wides earlier and continues to gift India - this time with his wicket. He is trapped LBW by Raina. England 128/8.
22:07 (IST): OUT! Clouds have not opened up again but it's surely raining wickets here. Rahane takes a fantastic catch on the boundary to get rid of Ben Stokes (28) off Jadeja's bowling. England now seven men down.
21:59 (IST): OUT! Morgan (28) had little choice other than to switch gears but a top-edge off Ashwin scripts his fall.
21:53 (IST): Such is English weather that the rain turns back into a drizzle and just fades away. The 'warning' though was clear for MorganÂ who attempts to get a move on. He has tried a few cheeky shots - some finding the boundary rope.
21:48 (IST): It is raining once again here.
21:37 (IST): OUT! Buttler is India's fifth victim. Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattles the stumps once again. England: 85/5 after 22.2 overs.
21:25 (IST): Dhoni is using pace-spin combination from either ends to ensure that Hales and Morgan are unable to settle into a rhythm.
21: 23 (IST):OUT! Hales' fight brought to an end by Ravindra Jadeja in his first over. Batsman top-edges his sweep for Ashwin to complete an easy catch.
21:18 (IST): Morgan is a quality player and while he may not have the vast experience to guide Hales with, he surely has a thinking ODI mind.
21:10 (IST): For perhaps the first time on this tour, the Indian team on the outfield is looking like a quality international side. Bowlers are bowling with focus and fielders are diving around with bravado. There's a spring in their steps and it is showing.
21:01 (IST): England 64/3 after 15 overs. At the same stage, India were 64/2 with the innings being repaired by Rohit and Rahane.
20:51 (IST): OUT! Joe Root makes his way back as India celebrate another key wicket. Bhuvneshwar's inward swinging delivery outfoxes the batsman. Eoin Morgan walks in to support Hales with England on 63/3 in 13.4 overs.
20:45 (IST):Update: South Africa defeat Australia by 7 wickets. (Full scorecard)
20:35 (IST): OUT! Shami strikes again. Ian Bell is bowled for 1 as India take control of proceedings.
20:31 (IST): OUT! Alastair Cook (19) tries to flick Shami but misses the ball completely. He is struck in front of the stumps. England: 54/1 after 10.3.
20:20 (IST): Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma have had a decent start with the ball. Leading the attack for India, both bowlers have not tried to experiment much and have stuck to basics. Did you know? In contrast, Chris Jordan bowled 12 wides in his 10 which included an 11-ball over.
20:12 (IST): England's start is quite similar to how India began earlier today. After four overs, the hosts are 15/0 with Cook and Hales extremely cautious in their batting. India, after four, were 9/0.
20:10 (IST): Australia vs South Africa update: Faf du Plessis slams his maiden ODI century. Proteas need 81 from 77. (Full scorecard)
20:02 (IST): Interestingly, England's required run-rate before the rain delay was 6.1. It is now 6.28.
19:59 (IST): Play resumes with a revised target. England need 295 from 47 overs to win against India.
19:45 (IST):Update: Play will resume at 2000 hrs (IST).
19:20 (IST): Rain in Cardiff! Indian players and England openers come out but are forced to beat a hasty retreat without a ball being bowled in the second innings of the ODI. Covers have been brought on.
19:10 (IST): Did you know? Suresh Raina's century today is his first against England and first outside the subcontinent.
19:00 (IST): While Raina and Dhoni shone for India under a dark summer sky over Cardiff, England's Woakes helped himself to four wickets.
18:55 (IST): India score 304/6 from 50 overs. While Raina and Dhoni's 144 runs for the fifth wicket was the main highlight of the innings, Ashwin's twin boundaries in the final over helped the tourists breach the 300-run mark. (Highlights of Raina's innings)
18:49 (IST): One over left with India on 291/6. Just 15 runs have come in the last three overs. Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin in the middle.
18:46 (IST): OUT! Dhoni (52 off 51) fails to read a slower ball form Woakes who rattles the stumps.
18:43 (IST): FIFTY! Dhoni helps himself to his 55th ODI half-century. He played just 49 deliveries to reach the milestone. India 285/5 with two overs left.
18:35 (IST): OUT! Raina looks to find another boundary on the off side but this time, Woakes celebrates as the lofted shot is caught by Anderson. Cardiff crowd applauds the 75-ball 100 effort.
18:33 (IST): Even as Raina celebrates his century, Dhoni has moved into 40s and is looking set for a memorable half-century.
18:24 (IST): Century! Raina reaches three-figure mark for the first time since 2010. In an innings of superb maturity, he takes just 74 deliveries to reach his 4th ODI ton.
18:14 (IST): Raina blazes his way into the 90s with two confident shots to the fence off Stokes' bowling.
18:08 (IST): Raina brings up the 100-run partnership with his skipper, with a ferocious six down the ground off Tredwell's spin. India 237/4 after 42.
18:05 (IST): India scored 62 runs from the final powerplay overs. Raina-Dhoni partnership has finally brought cheer to Indian fans in England.
18:01 (IST): Raining fours in Cardiff as Raina takes centrestage. Slams Anderson for three consecutive fours to power the innings.
17:55 (IST): India bring up 200. The fourth fifty of the innings takes just 27 deliveries!
17:50 (IST): Dhoni joins the party and helps himself to a four. India have scored 27 runs from nine deliveries.
17:46 (IST): Fifty! Suresh Raina completes his 30th ODI fifty. He played just 49 balls to reach the milestone. He follows it up with a six - his second in the same over from Woakes - and a splendid on-side four. Did you know? Suresh Raina's last ODI fifty was in Bulawayo on August 1, 2013. His fifty today is his first in 16 innings since.
17:42 (IST): Weather update - At quarter-past one (local time), it has grown quite dark in Cardiff. The floodlights are on but there are no signs of any rain till now. It is currently 18C with 80% humidity.
17:35 (IST): The final powerplay of the innings has been taken in the 37th over. India look to switch gears as Raina has already helped himself to four solid shots to the boundary ropes.
17:28 (IST): Did you know? Dhoni and Raina as batting partners, have put on 3100 runs for India. That's the 6th highest for the country. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar lead the table with 8227 runs.
17:24Â (IST): Eighteen overs left in the innings. There is also a powerplay to come and India would need Dhoni and Rahane to be in the middle to help tourists finish on a high.
17:13 (IST): Dhoni replaces Rohit in the middle. He has played several stellar ODI innings with Raina at the other end. Can today be an encore of a solid partnership?
17:10 (IST): OUT! Rohit Sharma (52) tries to go for the lofty shot but fails. Ends up giving his wicket to Tredwell who now has two victims to his credit.
16:59 (IST): Rohit Sharma completes his 23rd ODI fifty. He played 82 balls to reach milestone. India 121/3 in 26.4 overs against England.
16:52 (IST): Australia vs England update: Aaron Finch's 102 off 116 help Aussies set a target of 328 for Proteas in the second ODI of the triangular series. (Full scorecard)
16:48 (IST): Raina gets off the mark with a boundary off the third ball he faces. India's score moves to 115/3 after 25 overs.
16:45 (IST): Rahane put on 91 for the third wicket with Rohit before becoming Tredwell's first victim of the day. He has been replaced by Suresh Raina.
16:40 (IST): OUT! Rahane is stumped by Buttler off Tredwell's bowling. He scored 41 off 47 but an elementary mistake in basic batting technique costs him his wicket - he failed to keep his backfoot behind the line while going for a forward defence. India 110/3 in 23.5.
16.32 (IST): India bring up 100 on the board in just 21.2 overs. First fifty took a painstaking 13.2 overs -Â a clear sign that Rohit-Rahane combination has helped the tourists.
16.25 (IST): England have shown no reservations in testing India with spin. James Tredwell comes into the action as well. Recap read: When Tredwell haunted India to help England to a memorable ODI win in Rajkot.
16:19 (IST): Joe Root's spin employed in the 17th over. Indians pick four calm singles to take the score to 75/2.
16:15 (IST): Good news for ardent followers of authentic (and vintage) Test cricket. Legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud could call Australia's Test series this summer against India from his home if he is not fit enough to be at the grounds. (Read more here)
16:08 (IST): The batting run-rate has steadily improved in the last few overs. From 3.80 at the 10th over mark, Rohit and Rahane have taken the scoring up to 4.60 after the 15th.
16:02 (IST): India complete 50 runs in 13.2 overs.
15:59 (IST): Australia vs South Africa update - Aaron Finch's century sets up Aussie innings against South Africa. Catch the latest from Harare here.
15:57 (IST): Even as India lost two quick wickets from one end, Rohit at the other has steadied himself and has helped himself to some boundaries. His shots for singles too have begun appearing more solid. India: 47/2 after 13
15:53 (IST): Graeme Swann said that England have no chance in hell of winning the World Cup next year. Today's proceedings in Cardiff so far may have made the spinner change his mind:
After my moans about a boring old fashioned team I have to admit that today's England side looks like quite a strong aggressive one...- Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) August 27, 2014
15:43 (IST): Did you know? India are currently ranked second - behind Australia - in the ICC ODI team rankings. England are fifth but have a clear advantage in the match today as the tourists in Cardiff are 26/2 after 10.
15:37 (IST): Gavaskar slams Kohli for his irresponsible shot. "It's as if he just scores a century in the last match. The ball is doing something today, there was no need for that shot."
15:33 (IST): OUT! Virat Kohli follows Dhawan back. He looks to attack Woakes but ends up giving a simple catch to Cook. A second-ball duck highlights his misery in England. India 19/2 in 7.4.
15:28 (IST): OUT! Dhawan edges Woakes and Jos Buttler makes no mistake behind the stumps. The batsman's horrid form continues into the ODIs.
15:20 (IST): Dhawan has appeared a bit more edgy than Rohit at the other end. After a rather challenging Test series, he has a lot to prove. In the five Test matches, the Delhi batsman scored just 122 runs from his six innings. (More stats here)
15:12 (IST): Anderson to Rohit Sharma. FOUR! Good length ball on the middle this time and Rohit stays on the back foot and punches the ball straight back past the bowler for a boundary. First runs off the bat for India. India 5/0 (3 overs).
15:08 (IST): Two consecutive maiden overs here then. India still 0/0 and two overs have already been bowled in the innings. This time Woakes bowls one without giving away a single run. Tidy bowling from England.
15:04 (IST): Anderson bowls a maiden over to start things up in this 2nd ODI. No signs of rain for now. IND 0/0 (1 over).
15:01 (IST): Anderson to Rohit Sharma. That is a good start from both, bowler and batsman. The outswinger first up, landed right on the money, around off, Rohit covers the swing nicely and pushes the ball to covers. Ind 0/0 (0.1 overs)
15:00 (IST): JAMES ANDERSON to start off proceedings. Rohit Sharma to face him. Here we go...
14:50 (IST): Teams batting second have won most matches in Cardiff. Rain has been predicted but only late afternoon. We may get a full game.
14:45 (IST): Dhoni is banking on fresh legs and fresh energy in the dressing room. He says, the team is not suffering from Test-match hangover. "The freedom of playing shots should help our batsmen," says Dhoni.
14:44 (IST): The conditions are overcast. Cook had no hesitation to bowl first. With two new balls, England will look for early breakthroughs through James Anderson. Stuart Broad is missing due to knee problems.
14:42 (IST): India stick to their trusted playing combination. No place for Umesh Yadav. Shami and Bhuvneshwar get a game and so does Mohit Sharma. Ajinkya Rahane, Raina will bolster middle order. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open.
14:34 (IST): Toss: England win toss and will bowl first. Alex Hales will make debut. James Tredwell preferred over Moeen Ali.
Neither Duncan Fletcher nor Ravi Shastri will walk out to toss at the Swalec Stadium on Wednesday. Spotlight will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his young team to show that only good cricket establishes a team's credentials and nothing else matters. Winning is a habit. Winning breeds good spirit. Winning drives the mind. The odds are clearly stacked against the Indians.
India have never won a bilateral ODI series against England since 1990. In 2011, Dhoni suffered the ultimate humiliation of losing both the Test and ODI series by heavy margins. In what probably is his last series as captain in England, Dhoni will be keen to better that ignominy. He has the personnel with necessary skillsets. Only execution is needed. A victory in England will be the perfect silver lining to Dhoni's ODI captaincy record.
India have mixed memories of Cardiff. Shikhar Dhawan hit a century as India made a winning start at Swalec on June 6, 2013 to beat South Africa by 26 runs in their ICC Champions Trophy opener. En route to winning a rain-hit final against England at Birmingham, India thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the semifinals at Cardiff. Dhawan scored 68 and Ishant Sharma took 3 for 33.
When India and England clashed in 2011, Virat Kohli hit a century but his thunder was stolen by Jonny Bairstow's debut innings of 41 off 21 balls that helped secure England a Duckworth-Lewis victory. On Wednesday, there is forecast for rain.
With the ICC World Cup 2015 only months away, both India and England will use this series to work out their best combinations. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will look to regain their form and it remains to be seen if Suresh Raina can justify his captain's faith in him. There are a bunch of untested lads like Karn Sharma and Sanju Samson. It is unlikely that Dhoni will be keen to tamper with a tested combination.
England look confident after the Test series win. In the post-Kevin Pietersen era, England are also rebuilding. The critics have their claws out. Is Cook wasting a batting slot? Does England need an opener who can score more rapidly? Cook is surely under pressure.
There is a lot of talk going around. It's time the cricket started.