Jadhav, Kohli dismantle England bowling; India wins by 3 wickets
Pune: Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav's sensational centuries helped India chase down a gigantic target of 351 runs successfully against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
After India lost four wickets for just 63 runs in 11.5 overs, Kohli and Jadhav partnered the crease in a 200-run partnership for the fifth wicket which laid the foundation stone of India's 3-wicket win.
While Kohli slammed 122 runs off 105 balls hitting 8 fours and 5 sixes, Jadhav scored a 65-ball ton, which was fifth quickest by an Indian batsman in ODIs. He finished his innings at 120 runs off just 76 balls with 12 fours and 4 sixes. He was also conferred with the man of the match award for his mind-blowing performance.
Hardik Pandya also played a crucial innings of 40 runs off just 37 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. Ravichandran Ashwin finished off the proceedings in MS Dhoni style by hitting a six.
Lokesh Rahul (8), Shikhar Dhawan (1), Yuvraj Singh (15) and MS Dhoni (6) failed to perform in the first ODI of the three-match series.
Jake Ball was the pick of the powers as he picked 3 wickets for 67 runs while David Willey and Ben Stokes bagged 2 each.
This was only the seventh time in the history of ODI Cricket when any team has chased down a target of 350 runs or more. India has achieved the feat thrice, 362/1 (against Australia), 356/7 (against England) and 351/4 (against Australia), while South Africa, with scores of 438/9 and 372/6 (both against Australia), holds the top two slots in the list.
The 200-run partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli was the fifth highest stand for the fifth wicket in ODI history.
Earlier, after being put in to bat first by the hosts, England managed to post a mammoth score of 350/7 on the scoreboard as Jason Roy (73 off 61), Joe Root (78 off 95) and Ben Stokes (62 off 40) played fine innings.
With this convincing three-wicket win, India now lead the three-match ODI series 1-0 with 2 matches remaining. The second ODI will be played in Cuttack on January 19.