Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav partnership helps India to an historic win


India defeated England in the first One-Day international at MCA Stadium, Pune. England scored 350 and despite India being 63 for 4, Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli brilliant partnership for the fifth wicket ensured that India won the match with 11 balls to spare.

India won the toss and elected to bowl on a good batting pitch. England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales started the innings off to an aggressive start putting on 39 for the first wicket in 6.2 overs. Alex Hales was run out brilliantly by Bumrah. At end of the first 10 overs, England were 67 for 1. Jason Roy and Joe Root put the pressure back on the Indian bowlers. Jason Roy completed his half-century off 36 balls. Both batsmen put on 69 runs for the second wicket. Jason Roy was dismissed for a well made 73. The England batsmen continued to play aggressive cricket. At the end of 30 overs, England was 171 for 3. Jos Buttler and Joe Root showed their class with some aggressive hitting. Buttler and Joe Root went in quick succession. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali put up an aggressive 73 runs in 6 overs. Ben Stokes scored 62 off 40 balls which helped England post a total of 350 for 7.

Chasing a mammoth total of 351, India lost 2 wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in the space of the first 6 overs. At the end of first 10 overs, India were 51 for 2. After the power play overs, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni were dismissed to leave India at 63 for 4. Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli put up an excellent partnership putting pressure on the England bowlers. Kedar Jadhav scored 50 off 29 balls while Virat Kohli also completed his half-century off 44 balls. Both batsmen continued to play aggressive cricket. At the end of 30 overs, India were 208 for 4. Virat Kohli showed his class and completed his 17th century while chasing. Kedar Jadhav scored his second century to help India get closer to the target. Both of them put on 200 runs for the 5th wicket.  Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav were dismissed after scoring 120 and 122 respectively. Hardik Pandya remained  40 not out. Ashwin scored the winning runs. India won the match by 3 wickets.

Kedar Jadhav was named the man of the match for his 120. India takes a 1-0 lead with the second match to be played at Cuttack on 19th January.

India 356 for 7 in 48.1 overs (Virat Kohli 122, Kedar Jadhav 120, Jake Ball 3/67) beat England 350 for 7 in 50 overs( Joe Root 78, Jason Roy 73, Hardik Pandya 2/46)



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