General News | 14th November 2008

Samit Solid But England Suffer Heavy Defeat

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel took two wickets and hit a run-a-ball 28 but couldn’t prevent England from suffering a heavy defeat in the first one day international against India.

Openers Gambhir and Sehwag were caught by Owais Shah and Ian Bell off Patel’s bowling but a stunning 138 off 78 balls from Yuvraj Singh set England an unattainable target of 387.

"They played super cricket, you've got to say well done," said England captain Kevin Pietersen.

"You've got to go over what you've done not so well and regroup. There are six games left and we want to bring some real good cricket to Indore.

"If you stand and watch an innings like Yuvraj played and Sehwag you have just got to take your hat off to the way they played.

"It's an amazing batting pitch. You just need to touch it and it goes for four and a bit harder and it goes for six.

"We'll sit down and see where we made a few mistakes. But if a bloke plays like that you're behind the game straight away. It was a bit of a licence to go out and enjoy yourself."

Pietersen top-scored for England with 63 and Stuart Broad hit 26 from 25 balls.

England have an opportunity to make amends on Monday in the second match of the series in Indore.

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Samit Patel

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