Colombo: Sri Lanka at last tasted success on the last match of the series, saving itself from a complete white-wash, when it beat India by 68 runs in the fifth and final one day international match here on Sunday.
Despite Sunday"s loss by 68 runs, India won the series with 4-1.
With captain Mahela Jayawardene opting to bat first after winning the toss, Tilakaratna Dilshan and Kumara Sangakkara led Sri Lanka to a mammoth total of 320 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
Dilshan played a vital inning of 97 runs but it was Sangakkara"s 84 runs off 70 deliveries, which bagged him the man of the match award. The latter also took two catches in the match.
India, in reply bowled out at 252 runs in 48.5 overs.
Yuvraj Singh played a blistering knock of 73 runs and walk out with the Man of the Series award.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and debutant Ravindra Jadeja scored 53 and 60 runs respectively.
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara declared the 'Man of the Match" for his blistering knock and two catches during Indian inning.
India slipped back to third spot, behind Australia after losing the match. Australia on the other hand with a victory of 32 runs over New Zealand on Sunday, climbed up to second spot.