Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar hit 48th Test century

Sachin Tendulkar once again came to his country's rescue and raised hopes of salvaging the second test on Wednesday after Sri Lankan spinners wreaked havoc by claiming four wickets to hinder India's fightback.

India were vulnerably placed on 243/4 at tea on day three needing 200 runs to avoid follow on, but it reached 382/4 at stumps. India just need 61 runs to avoid follow on with six wickets in hand.

Tendulkar, who holds the record of scoring highest number of centuries, played brilliant cricket with Suresh Raina to dominate the day. Sachin also equalled the former Australian captain Steve Waugh's Test record to have played the most number of matches (168).

Tendulkar shared an unbroken 141-run partnership for the fifth wicket with debutant Suresh Raina.

Tendulkar was unbeaten on 108 at stumps while Raina, who made a half-century in his maiden Test innings, was not out on 66 off 133 balls, including eight boundaries.

Tendulkar, who was dropped on 29 by Prasanna Jayawardene off Dilhara Fernando, was batting on 39 and debutant Suresh Raina was yet to open his account.

The mid-session produced 70 runs after the troubled opening session, which saw India being jolted by three quick blows including that of explosive Virender Sehwag. 

Day 4: - Lunch
India trail by 165 runsLast 5 Ovs : 19/0, RR : 3.8, 4s : 3, 6s : 0
SL: 642/4 in 159.4 ov Ind: 477/4 in 135 ov
S Tendulkar* 152(264)A Mendis* 28-2-98-2
S Raina 112(213)S Randiv 49-13-159-2