Ahmedabad: Gautam Gambhir reached his century on Friday as India fought to stave off defeat by Sri Lanka in the first Test.
The hosts reached 256-3 at lunch on the fifth and final day, still trailing by 78 runs and hoping to force a draw by preventing Sri Lanka claiming the remaining seven wickets.
Delhi batsman scored 105 from 213 deliveries, which included 12 boundaries. Sachin Tendulkar is batting on 22 and the two batsmen have now put on 47 runs for the fourth wicket.
The only wicket to fall in the session was that of Amit Mishra , who was brilliantly caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan at leg gully off Angelo Mathews for a valuable knock of 24 from 51 deliveries.
Sri Lanka scored the highest ever total in a Test innings in India when they declared their first innings at 760-7 after dismissing India for 426.