Colombo: Tendulkar inspired the Indian innings with a superb century, picking up a good partnership with Raina at the other end in the final session of play at day three at Colombo.
The duo put together a solid 141* run stand for the fifth wicket to keep the Indian chase alive as the Lankan bowlers failed to break the partnership. This is Tendulkar's 48th century overall and fifth century(108*) this year so far and his first century in the Island nation after 11 years. Raina(66*) at the other end played a pretty knock as well to accompany Tendulkar. He scored his maiden half century and became the 22nd Indian batsmen to achieve the feat in the first Test match.
Tendulkar had earlier reached his half century with a six straight over the bowlers head. Resuming play at 243/4 the duo raised the Indian total past the 350 run mark.
India ended the day's play at 382 for the loss of four wickets and still trail by 260 runs.
Earlier, Mendis had picked up the important wicket of V.V.S Laxman towards the end of mid session just before play was stopped for tea.
The experienced duo of Tendulkar and Laxman trying to re-build the Indian innings had brought India out of trouble with a steady partnership of 70 before Laxman(29) was trapped lbw of the bowling off Mendis who picked up his second wicket of the day. Sachin is currently batting at 39 and Suresh Raina has just joined him in the crease.
Sri Lankan Spinners had brought the host back in charge with three quick wickets including dangerous Virender Sehwag towards the end of first session at day three at Colombo.
Virender Sehwag's blistering knock just one run short of his century and Vijay's well composed half century had helped India off to a promising start chasing a mammoth total of 642/4 in the third day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Colombo.
Just as Sewhag was about to reach his century Suraj Randhiv had managed to deceive him while Sehwag danced down the track and missed the ball completely to be stumped behind the wicket. Soon Vijay who had given a good opening stand followed his opening partner, Mendis stuck him in his pad to dismiss him lbw to get the second breakthrough for the hosts.
Then Rahul Dravid coming in at number 3 didn't last long either as he was dismissed by Suraj Randhiv, lbw to put the Indians in the backfoot.
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Sehwag earlier had got a lucky breakthrough once as he was dropped by Samaraweera when he was batting on 89. But Apart from that let off, Sehwag had given no chance to the Sri Lankan bowlers. He hit 15 fours in his innings.
Murali Vijay at the other end had quietly managed to reach his second half century of his career.
Sehwag and Vijay had started off well yesterday evening towards the close of play finishing at 95-0 at stumps.