15 Nov 2008

England slump to third biggest one day defeat

6:55 am on 15 November 2008

The England cricket side has slumped to its third biggest one-day defeat by runs as India won the first game of the seven-match series by 158 runs in Rajkot.

Yuvraj Singh smashed an unbeaten 138 off 78 balls to lift India to their second highest one-day total of 387-5 after being sent in to bat at the Madhavrao Scindia stadium.

England managed only 229 from 37.4 overs in reply in perfect batting conditions despite a classy 63 by skipper Kevin Pietersen and Ravi Bopara's unbeaten 54 off 38 balls lower down the order.

The tourists were in danger of falling below their worst ever one-day loss by 165 runs before Bopara's late charge, which included five sixes and two fours, saved Pietersen's men the blushes.