Openers star as India lose under lights

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Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter provided the telling impetus as England breezed to yet another victory over India to go 1-0 up in the NatWest Series last night.

England appeared to face a tough target after Ajingli Rahane (54) and Suresh Raina had powered India to 187 for eight in a match reduced by rain to 23 overs per side under the Rose Bowl lights.

But openers Kieswetter and Cook (80no) raced to 67 in under seven overs - and after four straight Test defeats, one in the solitary Twenty20 and then a rain-induced no-result at the start of this five-match one-day international series, there was once again no way back for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s tourists.

Kieswetter hit four fours and three sixes - including a towering blow over wide long-on off Vinay Kumar - in his 46 from only 25 balls, before the same bowler returned at the pavilion end to have him lbw pushing forward.