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England pace bowler Jake Ball on Tuesday said the visitors will try to unsettle Indian skipper Virat Kohli with short balls and not let him find his rhythm while batting during the second One-Day International (ODI) cricket match.

Kohli scored a gritty 122 for the hosts to better the visitors in the opening game of the three-match ODI series at Pune on Sunday, pulling them 1-0 ahead. The second match will be played here on January 19.

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India's new One-Day International (ODI) captain Virat Kohli said it was important to let the opposition know his team was not down and out despite tottering at 63-4 chasing a stiff 351 for victory in the first rubber against England in Pune on Sunday.

Kohli led from the front with a typical blustery 122 off 105 balls with Kedar Jadhav stepping up too, scoring 120 off just 76 deliveries as India crossed the line with three wickets in hand.

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New Indian skipper Virat Kohli and newcomer Kedar Jadhav slammed exceptional centuries at better than a run a ball to steer India to an unlikely three-wicket victory over England in the first One-Day International at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.

Chasing a stiff 351-run target, the hosts were tottering at 63/4 when the duo came together to add 200 runs between them in 24.3 overs. Kohli, who thus enjoyed a victorious start to his stint as India's limited-overs captain, plundered 122 runs over 105 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries and five sixes. Jadhav meanwhile smashed 120 runs over a whirlwind 76-ball innings that included 12 boundaries and four sixes.

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India's new limited-overs cricket captain Virat Kohli is ready to take the majority of the responsibility and expects previous incumbent Mahendra Singh Dhoni to play more freely now he is not the skipper anymore.

"I have to take bulk of the responsibility now. I know that," Kohli told reporters on the eve of India's first One-Day International (ODI) against England here on Saturday.

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A confident India under new skipper Virat Kohli will aim to start the new year with a series win in the limited-overs format, when the men-in-blue take the field against a rejuvenated England side in the first of the three-match One-day International (ODI) series on Sunday.

The series, also comprising three T20 Internationals, will mark Kohli's first assignment at the helm, since Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished the post earlier this month.

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Riding on Ajinkya Rahane's 91-run knock, India 'A' defeated England by six wickets in the second 50-over practice match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Skipper Rahane, Sheldon Jackson (59), Rishabh Pant (59) and Suresh Raina (45) were the major scorers for the hosts as they chased down England's total of 282 with more than 10 overs to spare.

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Promising batsman Rishab Panth and wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan will look to impressing the selectors when India A take on England in the second warm-up match at the Brabourne stadium on Thursday.

Panth, who played an important role in India's runners-up campaign at the U-19 World Cup in 2016, has made rapid strides to be selected selected in the T20 squad for the England series. The 19-year-old Delhi batsman recently slammed four centuries in his first full Ranji season -- including a triple hundred against Maharashtra and a 48-ball ton against Jharkhand.

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