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Kohli smashes century to help India trip Bangladesh in opener

Virat Kohli savours his 19th ODI hundred AFP

India's captain, Virat Kohli, smashed 136 runs from just 122 balls to help his side beat Bangladesh in their opening match of the Asia Cup in Fatullah.

Bangladesh were 50 for 2 in the 13th over when opener Anamul Haque and captain Mushfiqur Rahim dropped anchor. Both batsmen made the most of a placid batting-surface, adding 133 for the third wicket and pushing the total to a competitive 279

In reply, India lost their openers within the first 15 overs. But Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane steadied the innings. Kohli took advantage of every loose ball that came his way, be it deliveries sliding down the leg side or those gone wide.

When Bangladesh stopped giving him room or letting him curl his forearms, he unleashed the cover drive time and again. He reached his fifty off 48 balls in the 25th over, and his hundred off 95 balls in the 38th over.

Kohli's 19th ODI century brought him level with Brian Lara on the list of batsmen with most ODI centuries. Only seven batsmen have scored more centuries than him in ODIs.

"I am very happy with the team performed," Kohli said. "We bowled well today, there was an improvement in the death overs. Good to see everyone step up in the absence of MS Dhoni. I always thank my dad every time I achieve something. He worked very hard to help me get where I am."

"It was very important for someone like Ajinkya to bat through the innings - he was playing so well in NZ and SA and he played beautifully here too. He is a very positive guy - works very hard. So it was good for us to stay together till the end"