Virender Sehwag smashed a scintillating 175 to set favourites India off to a comfortable winning start in the World Cup opener on Saturday, brushing aside Bangladesh in an 87-run win.
Home skipper Shakib Al Hasan surprisingly put India in after winning the toss and that decision soon returned to haunt him as Sehwag set to work on his attack with a swashbuckling knock which propelled his side to a massive 370-4 from their 50 overs.
Sehwag, who hit 14 fours and five sixes in his 140-ball knock for his highest one-day score despite a knee injury which left him requiring a runner. Virat Kohli also tormented the Bangladeshi bowlers by completing his unbeaten century in the final over.
Bangladesh made a bright start as they embarked on their massive run chase and were even ahead of the asking rate early on until openers Tamim Iqbal (70) and Imrul Kayes (34) had departed and thereafter they fell hopelessly behind.