Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir cracked sparkling centuries as defending champions India, launched their campaign in the Asia Cup cricket tournament with a comfortable 50-run victory over Sri lanka in Mirpur yesterday.
Put into bat, the Indians rode on the heroics of Kohli 108 and Gambhir 100 to post an imposing 304 for 3, and then polished off the islanders for 254 in 45.1 overs in a floodlit contest at the Shere-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The highlight of the Indian batting was the aggressive 205-run second wicket partnership between Kohli, who notched up his second successive ODI century, and Gambhir while some lusty hits by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the slog overs steered India past the 300 mark.
Sachin Tendulkar, chasing a historic 100th international century, was dismissed for six but the defending champions recovered from the early setback with a solid display on a good batting strip.
Captain Mahela Jayawardene who scored 78 and Kumar Sangakkara 65 were the notable performers but none of the other Sri Lankan batsmen could get going to capitalise on a whirlwind start.
Pacer Irfan Pathan was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 4 for 32.
Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan in their next match on Thursday while India clash with hosts Bangladesh on Friday.