Score (Close of first innings): India 274-7 (Patel 95, Kohli 55)
James Anderson became only the second English bowler to take 200 one-day international wickets but injury-ravaged India displayed their liking for a change of format.
Anderson followed Darren Gough to the mark with the dismissal of Parthiv Patel, caught behind chasing a wide one, deep into India’s innings. The left-handed opener was cruelly denied a maiden international hundred in the process.
Parthiv, at the top of the order because India’s preferred top three of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are among the seven members of the World Cup-winning team either not here or unavailable through injury, chopped and pulled his way to a 107-ball 95.
India’s struggles to reach 300 in the recent Test drubbing were well documented but they displayed greater batting acumen in the Twenty20 defeat in midweek, and were able to set a competitive chase here thanks to the early work of Parthiv and 50-over debutant Ajinkya Rahane.
Countering the challenge of batting first in an end-of-season ODI in England – “A 10.15am start means the ball normally does a bit early on,” said England captain Alastair Cook at the toss – they negotiated both the mandatory and bowling powerplays, chiefly down to Parthiv being dropped at point on seven by Ben Stokes, on his home ground and in his first ODI in this country.
Once again England bombarded the Indians with short stuff but the diminutive Parthiv simply used the pace to deflect into gaps while his partner Rahane, a man with a first-class batting average of 67.68, pulled as enthusiastically as he did in midweek in Manchester.
However, the cross-bat stroke proved his downfall when he helped a Stuart Broad delivery to fine leg and Indian momentum was further checked by the controversial departure of Rahul Dravid two overs later. Broad immediately called for a review, neglecting to consult Cook, so confident was he that there had been a nick. Although Hot Spot did not reveal contact with the edge, third umpire Marais Erasmus agreed, adjudging the noise detected by technology to be bat on ball and a dejected Dravid trudged off.
Broad also accounted for Rohit Sharma, who departed for hospital to have an X-ray after being struck on the right index finger from his only delivery.
Nevertheless, for once England’s bumper barrage was repelled by the Indians and despite the loss of late wickets, they were able to produce one of their more respectable totals of the summer.
All without Tendulkar, who was denied yet another chance to register his 100th international hundred this summer because of an injured big toe on his right foot.