Tourists gain first victory in 13 attempts in India.
England captain Alastair Cook was delighted with his side’s narrow nine-run win over India in the opening one-day international of the five-match series in Rajkot.
It was the tourists’ first victory in a 50-over contest on India soil in 13 attempts and the skipper, who made a solid 75 at the top of the order, had nothing but praise for his team after the match.
“Obviously it was a good win. Everyone in that dressing room can be proud,” Cook said in the post-match presentation.
“It was a good toss to win, a good wicket and we made the most of it.
“Clearly if we were being a bit greedy then we would want one of us to go on and make a big hundred and get the score up to 330-340.
“But then Samit [Patel] and Craig [Kieswetter ] came in and got 60 off the last five overs which made a big difference.
“A score of 325 to defend was a good target. They kept coming at us but at the crucial times we got the wickets.
“[James] Tredwell was exceptional on that wicket to get four wickets,” said Cook of the Kent off spinner, who returned outstanding figures of four for 44.
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