England lose opening fixture

Jamie Dalrymple

Jamie Dalrymple was one of only two England batsmen to pass 20 in the innings

Sachin Tendulkar made 35 off 41 balls to help India to a four-wicket victory after England were bowled out for 125 in 37 overs in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Steve Harmison made the only breakthrough for England before lunch when Virender Sehwag (nine) went for an expansive drive in the second over and saw Andrew Strauss take the catch at slip.

Irfan Pathan and Tendulkar kept up the impetus as they took their side to 55 for one in the eight overs played, needing just 71 more runs to win after the interval.

But it was not easy going, as fireworks disrupted the India batsmen's concentration and James Anderson capitalised with two wickets in an over.

Pathan was the first to go as he bludgeoned the ball into the off side, where Kevin Pietersen jumped and took the catch high above his head.

James Anderson

James Anderson took two wickets in an over on his return to England from injury

Rahul Dravid lasted just three balls before Anderson managed to cramp him for room and the India captain got an inside edge to give Strauss his second catch at slip.

Tendulkar eventually fell lbw to Harmison, but Yuvraj Singh rode his luck to make sure India were never likely to lose the match, ending on 27 not out, with Harbhajan Singh unbeaten on six at the other end.

Jamie Dalrymple had given England fans something to cheer about when he got rid of the dangerous Mahendra Dhoni for seven, and then two balls later bowled Suresh Raina under his bat, taking 2-5 in his four overs.

But it had little impact on the result, which looked in little doubt after Dravid won the toss and put England in to bat.

The first wicket came in the fourth over of the day as Munaf Patel removed Ian Bell for four.

Bell was struck in front of middle stump as he played back, and umpire Daryl Harper raised his finger despite it looking as though the ball would go over the stumps.

Andrew Flintoff came in at his new number three position, but the change was not a successful one as Pathan trapped him leg before for nought.

Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan celebrates his return to form with the ball

Michael Yardy made four before he too was given lbw to Patel as England reached 17 for three.

Strauss and Pietersen staged a mini-recovery, but the opener was mindful of the need to raise the scoring rate as he advanced down the track to Pathan, who adjusted his length accordingly and induced an edge to second slip where Dravid took a sharp catch.

Paul Collingwood and Pietersen, who came together at 27 for four, managed to double the score before Pietersen (27) edged a drive to Tendulkar.

Dalrymple and Collingwood (38) combined to steady things in the middle-order, against an India attack full of confidence, bringing up the hundred in the 29th over.

But Collingwood was unlucky to see an inside edge off spinner Ramesh Powar find its way to wicket-keeper Dhoni.

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh took a wicket and a catch © Getty Images

Chris Read lasted just nine balls, lofting Harbhajan to Pathan on the boundary.

Sajid Mahmood (eight) did not learn from Read's dismissal, caught by Harbhajan just inside the rope, as England slipped to 120 for eight with 15 overs left.

That soon become 124 for nine when Dalrymple (24) gave Dravid his second catch and effectively sealed England's fate.

With only Harmison and Anderson left to bat, the innings was all but over, and England's troubles continued when Anderson became the last man to fall, run out backing up at the bowler's end.

Patel was the pick of the host bowlers with 3-18, which earned him the man-of-the-match award.

His opening partner, Irfan Pathan, claimed 2-20 and off-spinner Ramesh Powar 3-24.

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