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First ODI between England and India abandoned due to rain

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  • August 25th, 2014
  • 18:25:48 IST

6 PM: Bad news: The match has been abandoned without a ball being bowled. The 2nd ODI is on 27th in Cardiff.

5.30 PM: And......It gets worse.

https://twitter.com/ShirinSadikot/status/503875604723535873

https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha/status/503868735699304448

4.30 PM: It's still drizzling in Bristol. The covers are firmly one! It had stopped briefly early on but the groundsmen are in full flow.

4.10 PM:

https://twitter.com/chetannarula/status/503855671016960001

https://twitter.com/chetannarula/status/503855959601840128

3.00 PM: Here's Rajneesh Gupta churning out the stats and coming to a conclusion that it's not going to be easy for India to beat England.

https://twitter.com/mohanstatsman/status/503838213018877952

Angry BCCI says Dhoni can't decide coach after India skipper bats for Fletcher: It seems that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) bosses have not taken kindly to MS Dhoni's vote of confidence for under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher. The Indian skipper said earlier that Duncan Fletcher would take India to the World Cup in 2015. He also said that an administrative and coaching rejig didn't mean the Zimbabwean's powers were curtailed. Read the full report here.

https://twitter.com/OptaJim/status/503834219559129089

2.45 PM: The England ODI series will be important for preparation for 2015 World Cup, as well as to gauge the performance. In order to get back on track, there are certain improvements needed and these ought to be implemented in the England ODIs. Jigar Mehta pens down the improvements needed.

2.15 PM: It's raining in Bristol. The bad news is that the toss is delayed.

Preview: Their morale battered by the Test series debacle, India would look to make a fresh beginning and salvage lost pride when they take on England in a five-match ODI cricket series.

File picture of MS Dhoni. AFP

File picture of MS Dhoni. AFP

On one hand, the Indians will be distracted by the 1-3 series loss in the Test series prior and will want to do well in the ODIs, on the other, they will also need to balance their approach keeping next year's World Cup in mind.

That tournament, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, is now just six months away. From here onwards, every ODI played by the Indian team will be a preparatory step towards defending their 2011 crown Down Under.

And to do so, they will be evaluating players in the three ODI series between now and the World Cup -- here in England, at home against West Indies and then the tri-series on the Australian tour.

PTI

Updated Date: August 25, 2014 18:25:48 IST

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