England captain Alastair Cook following the nine-run win over India

Last Updated: 11/01/13 10:42pm

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Alastair Cook was proud of his side after they secured victory in India

Alastair Cook was proud of his side after they secured victory in India

England captain Alastair Cook paid tribute to his men after a momentous nine-run ODI win over India in Rajkot.

The tourists ended a run of 13 international defeats on Indian soil by batting first and posting an intimidating 325-4 - anchored by an inspired 85 from opener Ian Bell.

Several Indian batsmen threatened to match Bell's effort as the hosts made a bold bid for victory, with Gautam Gambhir (52), Yuvraj Singh (61) and Suresh Raina (50) all in aggressive.

But ultimately, the England bowlers held out with James Tredwell (4-44) prevalent and Jade Dernbach striking at the death to restrict India to 316-9.

Cook told Sky Sports afterwards: "Obviously it was a good win. Everyone in that dressing room can be proud.

"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 (Patel) and Craig (Kieswetter) came in and got 60 off the last five overs which made a big difference.

"A score of 325 to defend was a good target. They kept coming at us but at the crucial times we got the wickets. Tredders was exceptional on that wicket to get four wickets."

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