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England display delights Cook

Captain Alastair Cook admitted his pride after leading England to their first ODI win over India on their home soil in 13 games in Rajkot.

England posted 325 for four - after openers Cook (75) and Ian Bell (85) put on 158 - before withstanding a strong India chase to bowl them out nine runs short on Friday.

James Tredwell took the man-of-the-match honours after grabbing four for 44 but there were plenty of other contributions that proved crucial - most notably Samit Patel and Craig Kieswetter crunching 64 from the final five overs.

"Obviously it was a good win. Everyone in that dressing room can be proud," Cook said in an interview shown on Sky Sports 1.

"It was a good toss to win in these conditions. It was a good wicket and we made the most of it.

"Clearly if we were being a bit greedy then we would want one of us to go on and make a big hundred and get the score up to 330-340.

"But then Samit and Craig came in and got 60 off the last five overs which made a big difference."

England suffered 5-0 whitewash defeats in their previous two series in India, but despite a lightning quick outfield they were able to end that run in what was also new limited overs coach Ashley Giles' first game in charge.

"A score of 325 to defend was a good target. They kept coming at us but at the crucial times we got the wickets," Cook said.

"Tredders was exceptional on that wicket to get four wickets."

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took some of the blame for his side's failed chase.

The hosts looked set to reel in the target when Dhoni and Suresh Raina embarked on a quickfire 45-run stand for the fifth wicket.

But after Raina (50) pushed back the softest of return catches to Tredwell in the 42nd over Dhoni - who had blasted four sixes in his 25-ball 32 - then holed out with 55 still needed.

That proved too much for the Indian tailenders and left Dhoni frustrated that he failed to cash in on the new one-day international regulations that require an extra fielder inside the ring.

"Frankly we should have got that - it was a very fast outfield," he said.

"You got value for your shots and if you found the gaps more often it hit the boundary.

"I should have batted a few more overs and we would have got them.

"I don't want to sound arrogant, but it was quite easy if me and Raina had of stayed.

"I think when me and Raina were batting we had a good chance. But once he got out followed by me it made it very difficult."