Indian Capitan Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century on his captaincy debut in the 50-over format as India defeated England by three wickets to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing 351 to win the opening match, India were in all sort of trouble after being reduced to 63 for 4 in the 12th over. However, new skipped Kohli along with Kedar Jadhav scored 228 runs for the fifth wicket partnership to set up a comfortable victory with 11 balls to spare.
Kohli finished the match with the highest score of 122 off 105 balls with the help of eight fours and five sixes, whereas Jadhav scored 120 off just 76 balls, which included 12 fours and four sixes. For England, right-arm pacer Jake Ball picked up three, whereas left-armer David Willey and all-rounder Ben Stokes claimed two wickets each.
Earlier, after being put into bat, English team scored a mammoth total of 350 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs, courtesy half-centuries from Joe Root, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes. Root finished with the top score of 78 off 95 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six, whereas Roy scored 73 off 61 and Stokes smashed 62 off just 40 balls.
For the Men in Blue, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and pacer Jaspreet Bumrah picked two wickets each.Jedhav for his momentum-shifting innings was awarded man of the match.
Both teams will now travel to Cuttack for the second ODI, which is to be played on January 19.