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Gambhir, Tendulkar tons save India

Published: Friday, November 20, 2009, 17:02 [IST]
 
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Gambhir, Tendulkar tons save India

Ahmedabad: The first Test between India and Sri Lanka ended in a draw on the final day at the Sardar Patel stadium on Friday.

Resuming the final day on 190 for two wickets, still 144 runs behind Sri Lanka''s first-innings total of 760 for seven wickets, opener Gautam Gambhir (114) and Sachin Tendulkar (100 not out) helped India up to 412-4 before both teams called it a day with no result possible.

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The hosts finished with a lead of 78 runs with six overs remaining on the fifth day.

Gambhir's seventh Test century was the third in successive matches this year after making 137 in Napier and 167 in Wellington on India's tour of New Zealand in March-April.

Laxman, out for a duck in the first innings, provided fine support to Tendulkar and raised his half century - his 40th in Tests - in the final session.

The Test also saw master blaster Sachin Tendulkar achieve another milestone by becoming the first batsman to complete 30,000 international runs.

The 36-year-old reached the milestone when he scored his 35th run in the second innings, where he went onto score his 43rd Test century.

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Tendulkar now has 17,178 runs in ODI cricket, 12,877 runs in Test cricket and 10 runs in the lone T20 International he has played.

India made 426 in the first innings and Sri Lanka replied with a mammoth 760-7 declared, the highest total ever scored on Indian soil.

The second Test starts in Kanpur on Tuesday, followed by the third at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai from December 2.

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