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Virat Kohli sparkles when it comes to run chases. And captaincy has a special effect on him. Sunday was no different after Kohli took over as India’s limited overs captain from MS Dhoni

Virat kohli’s masterly 122 off 105 balls and local boy Kedar Jadhav’s 76 ball 120 (12*4s, 4*6s), backed by the vociferous crowd, helped India pull off a thrilling three wickets victory after being in serious trouble. India took a 1-0 lead in three match series.

virat Kohli Test as stand in captain on the 2014 tour to Australia, Kohli smashed 115 and 141 at Adelaide. When he officially took over as Test captain in Sydney, he slammed 147. And he made sure India’s didn’t falter in his first match after taking over as ODI skipper.

England piled up 350 for seven after Virat Kohli asked them to bat first. India finished on 356 for seven in 48.1 overs, achieving the second highest run chase by India in ODIs.

The Visitors posted 350/7, their highest ever ODI total in India in the first game of the three match series at the MCA Stadium.

However, at 63 for four with Yuvraj Singh (15) and MS Dhoni (6) both out, hopes of chasing a mammoth total was fading.

But still Kohli was in the middle, he kept the hopea alive. Despite the loss of early wickets, kohli did not alter his approach. Not the one to regular go for sixes, Kohli’s firs scoring shot was a six off pace-man David Willey over long on.

With a flat six, Kohli brought up his 17th century in ODI chases, equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Overall it was his 27th. But there was no celebration on reaching the landmark.

He hit 5 sixes, but the last one off chris Woakes was one to admire. The England pacer gave no room to free his arms, but kohli, with his sheer power, managed sent the ball sailing into the stands over deep mid-wicket.

Virat Kohli wasn’t the only one taking the responsibility; Jadhav took greater risk to score at a fast pace.

From overs 13 to 33, kohli and Jadhav added 157 runs. Jadhav did not hold back playing his strokes as he raced to a 29 ball half century. His century came off just 64 balls.

He hit 5 sixes, but the last one off Chris Woakes was one to admire. The England pacer gave no room to free his arms, but kohli, with his sheer power, managed sent the ball sailing into the stands over deep mid-wicket.

Virat Kohli wasn’t the only one taking the responsibility; Jadhav took greater risk to score at a fast pace.

From overs 13 to 33, kohli and Jadhav added 157 runs. Jadhav did not hold back playing his strokes as he raced to a 29 ball half century. His century came off just 64 balls.

When Jadhav arrived, India needed 287 runs ti win in 38 overs. By the time Jadhav holed out to stokes playing a pull shot, India needed just 60 runs in as many balls.

Hardik pandya (40 no, 37 balls) and R ashwin (15 no) kept their cool in the end to see the team through with 11 balls to spare.

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