Indian captain Virat Kohli was full of praise for teammate Kedar Jadhav for his "outstanding" knock of 76-ball 120 in the first ODI against England, describing it as one of the best calculative innings he had seen.Kohli (122 off 105 balls) and Jadhav, whose 120 was his career-best, cracked superb tons to help the Men in Blue chase down the tough target of 351 for a three-wicket win in the first of the three-match ODI series here last night. He (Jadhav) put a lot of pressure into the spinners.As the date progresses, the Hell Dater becomes increasingly more extreme in their off-putting behavior, making life more and more miserable for the unsuspecting dater. The second season began on July 14, 2008 and feature a different type of format in that there are now three "Hell Daters" who are coached by the "devil" prior to the date and one "innocent victim!Finally, the victimized dater is put out of their misery when a little person dressed as a devil jumps out, pokes them with a pitchfork, and exclaims, "You on Hell Date! " All three Hell Daters go on the first date together and as the date segment progresses one Hell Dater is eliminated.The two sides took turns to come back from the depths: India from the hopelessness of being four wickets down and needing a further 288 to win, a position from which only one ODI in history had ever been won; and then England from the despair India’s fifth-wicket stand of 200 in 24.3 overs, through sheer bloody mindedness and perseverance from Jake Ball and Ben Stokes.In the event, though, England’s riposte came too late to overcome the damage wrought between Kohli and Jadhav.The dazzling strokes rather blurred into one, but one will linger above all.Shortly after Kohli had reached his century with a straight six, a good length ball from Chris Woakes gave him no room to free his arms, yet his timing and Popeye forearms flicked the ball over deep midwicket for six: a shot few could have even conceived of, let alone had the audacity to execute.
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.
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.
Pune: Skipper Virat Kohli smashed a majestic 122 while Kedar Jadhav conjured up a career-best 120 before India's lower middle-order held nerves to pull off an incredible three-wicket win over England in the first One-day International, in Pune on Sunday.
Kohli and Jadhav rattled up a sensational 200-run partnership for the fifth wicket to set up the platform after England set the hosts a stiff 351-run target.England also confronted an unfamiliar foe: Kedar Jadhav, a diminutive 31-year-old who had previously only made an international half-century against Zimbabwe.