Hyderabad [India], Feb.9 : Opener Murali Vijay and skipper Virat Kohli smashed scorching centuries to fire India to a first-inning score of 356-3 at stumps on the opening day of the one-off Test match against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.
Opting to bat first, Vijay struck 12 boundaries and one six in his blistering knock of 108 runs besides stitching a massive 178-run stand with first drop Cheteshwar Pujara (83) for the second wicket.
Subsequently, Kohli struck his fourth hundred of the home season and 16th century in Test cricket off 130 balls.
He made his intentions clear when he slammed four runs on the very first ball he faced. Kohli, in the course of his innings, also became the third Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to score 1000 Test runs in a home season.
He is now second on the list after Sehwag for batsmen with most runs in a home Test season. For Bangladesh, Taskin Ahmed, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam all bagged a wicket each. At the end of the day's play, the skipper remained unbeaten on 111 while Ajinkya Rahane was batting on 45.