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India vs England 1st ODI 1981 Article

Read the article of India vs England 1st ODI 1981 - England tour of India 3-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between England and India at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad in 25th November 1981.


An superb unbeaten 47 from Mike Gatting and a two successive sixes by Ian Botham ensure England comfortable 5-wicket victory over India and take a 1-0 lead in a historic game of the first ODI. 

Match Stats :
  • Between India and England - This is the first-ever ODI match played in India.
  • England's win is their 4th in 4 matches against India in ODIs.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad became the 1st Indian venue to host a One-day international match and the 28th venue in the world to host a ODI match.

* England chasing an Indian total of 156, slumped to 61-4 and still required 31 runs in 6.1 avers when Ian Botham strode to the wicket to join Mike Gatting. The big-hitting Somerset all-rounder was quickly into his stride with a boundary through third man before surviving an easy chance off Roger Binny to Randhir Singh at long on. Ian Botham celebrated his good fortune by hitting the luckless Roger Binny into the crowd off successive balls to give England a deceptively comfortable win by 5-wickets against India.


India scored modest total of 156-7 in the alloted 46 overs with top scorer by Dilip Vengsarkar struck 46 off 85-balls including 4-fours.

Kirti Azad hit 30 off 58-balls including 2-fours & a six, Debutant Ravi Shastri - who scored 19-runs on his debut ODI match - included two boundaries and Syed Kirmani scored a unbeaten 18 off 37-balls including a boundary.

England best bowler by Derek Underwood, Ian Botham both took 2-wickets and one for Bob Willis - Graham Gooch.

England 61-4 to chased 160-5 in 43.3 overs with top scorer by Mike Gatting cracked a unbeaten 47 off 68-balls.

Keith Fletcher scored 26 off 69-balls including 2-fours, Ian Botham blasted a unbeaten 25 off 13-balls included 2-sixes & a four with strike rate of 192.30 and Graham Gooch scored 23 off 44-balls including 4-fours.

India best bowler by Roger Binny picked up 3-wickets for 35-runs in 7.5-overs including three maidens, Madan Lal and Dilip Joshi both took one-wickets.

Mike Gatting named Player of the match for his match-winning superb unbeaten 47 off 68-balls including 5-fours.