India took a 1-0 lead in the 3-ODI  series by beating England in the 1st ODI by 3-wickets .Team India chase down the stiff target of 351 runs in  48.1 overs ,losing 7 wickets. The chase was never easier for team India, at one instance India was 63 for losing  crucial 4 wickets including that of come back man Yuvraj singh  and M.S.Dhoni,including the two openers.  But there after a record breaking 4th wicket partnership of 200 runs between Captain Virat Kholi(122)  and   Kedar Jadhav(120) helps India to come back in the Game and chased down the 3rd highest chase in the history of ODIs.

Virat Kohli ‘s magnificent 122 and Kedar Jadhav’s 120 was the cornerstone in India chasing down 350 against England in Pune. Their 200-run partnership laid a solid platform for India to chase down 350 for the third time in three years in an ODI in India. With this three-wicket win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the series

Virat scored his 27th ODI and 17th while chasing a target. While, Kedar, playing his 14th ODI match scored his second one-day century in just 65 balls. By doing so, he became the fourth fastest Indian batsmen to hit a century. This is the third time, India has chased down a target of 350 or more in ODIs.

Chips were down for India after losing four wickets for just 63 runs but Kohli and Jadhav scripted a comeback with their gritty batting as Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6) and Yuvraj Singh (15) could not contribute much in the chase.

India required 60 runs from the last 10 overs after the fall of both Kohli and Jadhav but Hardik Pandya ensured that their good work does not go waste with his responsible unbeaten 40-run innings.

Pandya saw Ravindra Jadeja losing his wicket in the 45th over but the young all-rounder kept his cool to steer India to the finish line. He hit a six off Adil Rashid to level the scores and R Ashwin finished it in style, hammering Moeen Ali into the stands in the first ball of the 49th over.

England had feasted on a listless Indian bowling to pile up 350 for seven, their highest total in ODIs against India with Joe Root (78), opener Jason Roy (73) and Ben Stokes (62) striking half-centuries.

The score bettered the 338 for eight made by England in the tied encounter of the 2011 World Cup in Bengaluru but today's effort proved insufficient.

It was a new chapter for India with Kohli leading the side after being declared leader of the team in all three formats but the hosts had forgettable first 60 overs as they conceded 350 runs and lost quick wickets.

KL Rahul (8), Shikhar Dhawan (1) and comeback-man Yuvraj were back in the pavillion and soon Dhoni joined them to leave India reeling at 63 for four.

From here Kohli and Jadhav not only restructured the innings, they put India within the touching distance of win.

Kohli's 122 came off just 105 balls with eight shots the fence and five over the ropes. It was Indian captain's 27th ODI hundred.Kohli surpasses former Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar to reach to the milestone in just 96 innings.

Jadhav, who was cramping heavily in the later part of his innings, completed his hundred in 65 balls, which was fifth fastest hundred by an Indian. Overall he took 76 balls for 120 which had 12 fours and four sixes.

After Kohli and Jadhav were back into the pavillion, it was Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja took India over the line.India lost Jadeja in the 45th over but there was no more drama with Pandya staying till the end. His 40 came off 37 with three fours and six

 Jake Ball claimed three wickets while David Willey and Ben Stokes had two wickets each. Kedar was named as the ‘Man of the Match’ for his knock of 120 runs in just 76 balls. Jason Roy, Joe Root and Ben Stokes scored fifties for England.


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