India produced one of the best chases in recent times during the first One-Day International against England played at Pune yesterday. England scored 350 for 7 in their 50 overs and despite being 63 for 4 with KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni all back to the pavilion, Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli put on 200 runs for the 5th wicket which helped India win the match by 3 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Kedar Jadhav scored 120 off 76 and played some excellent strokes off the spinners putting pressure on the England bowlers. “Conceding 350 after being 63 for 4, their bowlers on top, it took a special partnership to get this win. It’s not that we have not chased 350 but those were based on good start at the top which provided the momentum. Chasing down 350 with four quicks in their team, it was a special feeling.”
“This is going to take a while to sink in,” said Kohli. “Conceding 350 runs and then being 60 odd for four. Their bowlers were on top and it took a special partnership. What a terrific innings by Kedar. He missed out in Delhi against New Zealand; had almost taken us over the line there. Pandya finished it well with Ashwin in the end. We have chased 350 in the past but we had good starts then. So a very, very special win this. I said to Kedar, when he came to the crease, that if we get to 150/4, watch out. They will press the panic button.”
“He has the talent, that’s why he’s batting for India. To get a hundred like that at No.6 is special, especially with your family here. The only way to come out of that situation was to counterattack, so I played at No.3. We need to tell the opposition that we are here to string a good partnership and have a crack at the target. We believed that we could win from any situation.”
It was one of his best innings for Kedar Jadhav and he was named the man of the match for his brilliant batting performance. India will take this confidence into the next match and would surely want to make it 2-0.