India vs England, 1st ODI: Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to field

In yesterday s match when India had their historic win against English while chasing an enormous target of 351 runs, MS Dhoni nearly forgot that he is not the Indian captain anymore.Such was his dominance that even Virat Kohli could manage only eight runs off the 12 Rashid deliveries he faced.India captain Virat Kohli: “This one is going to take a while to sink in, conceding 350 runs and being 63-4”.Just as Alastair Cook had watched the Tests slip away from his grasp, one-day captain Eoin Morgan could do little to stop a certain victory turn to an inglorious defeat. He now averages 64.30 in the second innings of ODIs, with 17 centuries chasing – equal to Sachin Tendulkar – including 15 in victories.And when at the start of the 49th over, Ashwin deposited Moeen Ali into the stands to seal the match in India’s favour, it meant yet another of Virat’s run-chase hundreds had resulted in a win.Kohli was not alone in the fightback though, he had great support from Kedar Jadhav, who brought up his second ODI century.Jason Roy had got England off to a rollicking start after they had been inserted by Virat Kohli in his first match as India’s official one-day captain with 73 off 61 balls as he and Alex Hales looked to cash in before spin took hold.Kohli said the double-century partnership with Jadhav was one of the best he had been part of.”We have just seen the definition of intimidatory batting, the way the batters from both sides demolished the attacks”.Ben Stokes’ 33-ball fifty beat the 25-ball efforts of Andrew Flintoff and Owais Shah to become the fastest by an England batsman against India.”All the 11 guys felt we could do something special”.”We believed we could come back from any situation in the Test series and this was the same in the ODI”, the India captain said.”When you score 350 you expect to have played well but we were not at our best which sums up the conditions”.”The batters did well but we had a tricky period between 35 and 40 overs after we lost Buttler’s wicket, but Stokes did well to come in and get us in to the game”. You post 350 and you think you’re in the game, especially after taking four early wickets, but credit to Virat and Kedar – they didn’t give us a chance.350/7- This is the highest ODI score for England in India.Even after the late onslaught, and the four early wickets, India showed that it still was not enough.