England post big ODI total

The Bolton News: Ian Bell scored 85 as England posted 325 for four Ian Bell scored 85 as England posted 325 for four

England's batsmen enjoyed a productive day as they posted 325 for four in the first one-day international against India at Rajkot.

After losing both warm-up matches, openers Ian Bell (85) and Alastair Cook (75) calmed any nerves with a carefree stand of 158 - England's highest opening partnership against India.

Kevin Pietersen, playing an ODI for the first time in 11 months after returning from retirement, added 44 and Samit Patel hit a brisk 44 not out at the end - but there was no chance for debutant Joe Root, who was unused at number seven.

While England will be satisfied with their efforts, a benign pitch and pacy outfield mean India were by no means out of it at the mid-point.

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