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Kohli, Jadhav centuries guide India to three-wicket win chasing 351

Virat Kohli celebrating the win with fans
Virat Kohli celebrating the win with fans

India 356-7 (Kohli 122) beat
England 350-7 (Root 78) by three wickets
First One-Day International in Pune

Virat Kohli and Kedav Jadhav scored blistering centuries as India completed a massive chase of 351 against England with three wickets in hand in the first One-Day International in Pune.

The duo shared a 200-run stand between them after India were in deep trouble at 63 for four at one stage. The win has also allowed India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

India won the toss and without any hesitation decided to field first. Jason Roy (73) started the innings with four boundaries but was given out LBW in the third over bowled by Umesh Yadav (1-69). However, he used a review to overturn the decision.

Roy and Alex Hales (9) added 39 runs for the opening wicket but a brilliant throw from Jasprit Bumrah (2-79) from the deep got the latter run out.

Roy continued to be aggressive and with five more boundaries, England reached 67 for one in the first 10 overs. In the process, he also completed a 37-ball fifty.

The 50-run stand between Roy and Joe Root (78) came in the 14th over with the England vice-captain contributing just 12 out of it.

In the 18th over bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin (0-63), Roy was dropped by Yadav, though it was a difficult chance. However, Ravindra Jadeja (1-50) dismissed him in the next over stumped.

Even though, Eoin Morgan (28) looked good for his 26-ball knock which had a six and two boundaries, he was caught behind in the 27th over bowled by Hardik Pandya (2-46). By the 30th over mark, England were 175 for three.

Jos Buttler (31) scored his first six in the 32nd over by Jadeja and in the next over, Root completed a 72-ball fifty. Buttler was caught at mid off to give Pandya his second wicket and his runs came at a strike-rate of 86.

Even though, India removed Root, Ben Stokes (62) with support from Moeen Ali (28) ensured England reached 350 for seven in the 50 overs. England scored 105 runs in the final eight overs.

India got off to a shaky start in the chase after they lost both the openers, Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Lokesh Rahul (8) in the first six overs to David Willey (2-47).

In the seventh and eighth overs, Kohli (122) smashed two boundaries while Yuvraj Singh (15) smashed a six and a four as India ended the first powerplay at 51 for two.

Stokes (2-73) induced an edge off Yuvraj in the 11th over leading to a caught behind chance while MS Dhoni (6) chipped a Jake Ball (3-67) delivery to mid wicket and India were in deep trouble at 63 for four.

Kohli along with Jadhav (120) injected the much needed momentum when they scored five boundaries in the next three overs.

The 50-run stand between the duo came with a six from Jadhav and it needed just 36 deliveries. The Indian captain completed yet another fifty off 42 balls while few overs later Jadhav raced to 29-ball half-century.

The runs were coming thick and fast for the home team and with a six in the 32nd over, Kohli reached his century and four overs later Jadhav brought up his ton off 66 deliveries.

The 200-run stand finally ended when Kohli top edged a Stokes delivery to mid off but Jadhav despite suffering from cramps carried on scoring. The required run rate came under six by the end of 39 overs.

Jadhav's 76-ball brilliant knock ended after he was caught at deep square leg to give Ball his second wicket. Pandya (40 not out) and Jadeja (13) added vital 27-run stand but the latter was caught at mid on in the 45th over with India needing 33 runs from 35 balls.

There was no fairy-tale end for England as Pandya held his nerve along with Ashwin (15 not out) to complete the chase in 48.1 overs. Jadhav was handed the man of the match award.

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