Virat, Vinay help India open with a win
Coming in to bat after the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar (6) in the 6th over of the game after being put into bat by Sri Lanka, Kohli (108) added 205 runs with Gambhir (100) for the 2nd wicket. They were measured in their partnership, not going for boundaries too often but kept the scoreboard ticking.
They both brought up their tons in the 42nd over, Kohli’s second successive ton in his 80th innings, his first as India Vice Captain making him the fastest to reach 10 ODI tons beating Gordon Greenidge’s previous record of 99 innings.
Both were dismissed in the next over off Maharoof, leaving India at 226/3 after 43 overs. But the gamble of keeping wickets in hand paid off as MS Dhoni (46* off 26b) and Suresh Raina (30* off 17b) hit 73* off 43 balls to take India to 304/3.
Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawarden got SL off to a good start, racing away to 31 in 4 overs before the former was dismissed by Irfan Pathan for 7.
Jayawardene (78) and Sangakkara (65) added 93 runs for the second wicket but Jayawardene’s dismissal in the 19th over leaving SL on 124/2 drastically slowed down their run rate. Sangakkara added small but crucial partnerships with Chandimal (13) and Thirimanne (29) before both fell to Ashwin in the 36th over.
Vinay Kumar struck in the 39th over, bowling Kulasekara and Virat Kohli taking a superb catch to dismiss Kapugedara off the next ball to put Vinay on a hattrick. Maharoof blocked out the hattrick ball and added 25 runs with Tharanga but fell to Vinay in the 45th over as the Royal Challengers Bangalore seamer finished with 3/55.
Irfan Pathan (4/32) and R Ashwin (3/39) cleaned up the batsmen from the other end as SL eventually folded for 254 in the 46th over. The wonderful bowling display finished a fine allround show from the defending champions and handed them a convincing 50 run win.