India defeated England by three wickets in the series opener at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday (15 Jan).
Kedar Jadhav was the highest impact player and batsman of the first ODI for his 76-ball 120.
The home team were under pressure (63 for 4) when Jadhav commenced his innings. He had Virat Kohli for company and the pair proceeded to add 200 runs for the fifth wicket in just 24.3 overs. By the time Kohli was dismissed for a 105-ball 122, the platform for the chase had been well and truly laid. And while he wasn’t amongst the wickets earlier in the evening, Jadhav was quite economical.
Jake Ball was the highest impact bowler of the match for his three top/middle-order wickets (3 for 67 in 10 overs).
Ben Stokes finished as England’s highest impact player for his all-round effort.
Stokes hammered a 42-ball 60 and, together with Moeen Ali, added 73 runs for the sixth wicket in just 5.3 overs. This late flourish helped England set a daunting target. He then returned to claim two top/middle-order wickets (2 for 73 in 10 overs), including that of Kohli (which gave him Partnership-Breaking Impact).
While both teams had four players apiece that failed in the match, England were outdone by the high impact efforts of Jadhav, Kohli and Hardik Pandya (2 for 46 in 9 overs and an unbeaten 37-ball 40).