England bowler Jade Dernbach reacts as Virat Kohli, left, and Parthiv Patel score runs at The Riverside on Saturday. ((Gareth Copley/Getty Images))

India was denied a shot at its first tour victory over England on Saturday after the first one-day international at Chester-le-Street was rained off with no result.

The world champions, who lost the test series 4-0, gave themselves the chance of a breakthrough success in England after Parthiv Patel's 95 helped them to 274 for seven.

But with England struggling at 27-2 after 7.2 overs, the forecast rain finally arrived to send the players off at 3 p.m with the match abandoned.

India was also dealt a pre-match blow when star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was ruled out with a toe injury that could end his tour prematurely.

And when the Indians lost the toss, they were sent into bat by England captain Alastair Cook without seven of the visitors' World Cup winners.

Despite that, India began positively in Durham, northeastern England, with their makeshift opening partnership of Ajinkya Rahane and Patel putting on 82 for the first wicket in 16 overs.

Patel survived a scare when Jimmy Anderson failed to pick up the ball with the batsman well short of his crease.

Stuart Broad made England's first breakthrough with the next delivery, which Rahane skied to Samit Patel on the fine-leg ropes for 40.

Broad made his second breakthrough to remove Rahul Dravid after umpire Billy Doctrove had initially turned down an appeal for caught behind.

Broad immediately reviewed it and while the "Hotspot" technology did not back a decision reversal, the audio did and a bemused Dravid went off.

England failed to build on the double breakthrough, however, as Parthiv was joined by Virat Kohli in a 103-run stand that formed the backbone of the innings.

Parthiv was denied a first ODI century when he flashed at a wide slower ball from Jimmy Anderson.

India's injury problems worsened when Broad pinned Rohit Sharma on the gloves with his first ball, forcing him off with a suspected broken finger.

Kohli then departed for 55 from Samit Patel's delivery that kept a little low.

India did manage 67 from the last 10 overs, with Suresh Raina (38) and Dhoni (33) adding 60 off 54 balls, but late wickets prevented them from more.

Jade Dernbach removed Raina in the penultimate over before Bresnan claimed the wickets of Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Despite the late wickets India had set a testing target for England that looked more imposing when Praveen Kumar claimed Cook and Craig Kieswetter early.

Cook played on to his stumps after managing just four before Kieswetter was trapped before the rain fell.

Attempts for a restart were twice denied by the persistent drizzle as the match was eventually called off at 5:30 p.m local time.