DHAKA: India's Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir both cracked their 10th one-day centuries to set up a comfortable 50-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup in Dhaka yesterday.
Man-of-the-match Kohli (108) and left-handed opener Gambhir (100) added 205 runs for the second wicket as India posted a challenging 304-3 before bowling Sri Lanka out for 254 in the day-night match.
Seamer Irfan Pathan was the pick of India's bowlers with four wickets, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and paceman Vinay Kumar took three apiece.
Sri Lanka raced to 122 in the opening 18 overs, thanks to skip per Mahela Jayawardene, who kept alive his team's hopes of hunting down a stiff target with a brisk 59-ball 78.
But they suffered a setback when Jayawardene was caught behind off Irfan in the 19th over after smashing two sixes and 10 fours. He added 93 for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (65).
Sri Lanka's chances receded sharply after the dismissal of Sangakkara, caught at deep mid-wicket off Ashwin, who also trapped Lahiru Thirimanne (29) in the same over.
Scores: India 304-3 in 50 overs (V. Kohli 108, G. Gambhir 100) v Sri Lanka 254 all out in 45.1 overs (M. Jayawardene 78, K. Sangakkara 65; I. Pathan 4-32, R. Ashwin 3-39, V. Kumar 3-55). AFP