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Heroics of Sachin helps India to end on high

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10:38 [IST]
 
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Sachin, Raina lead India to end on high

Colombo: Sachin scored a excellent double ton while Suresh Raina scored an excellent ton on debut as India ended the day 4 at 669/9. India lead by 27 runs with Ishant Sharma and P Ojha on crease.

Earlier, India with the help of Dhoni and Mithun sailed past the mammoth Sri Lankan first innings score of 642/4 and are leading in the final session of play at day four at Colombo.

Dilshan had picked up two important wickets including the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar right at the start of the final session of play to give the hosts something to cheer about after a hard day's work on the field at day four at Colombo.

Then Dhoni who was joined by Abhimanyu Mithun helped raise the Indian total past the 600 run mark and then past the Sri Lankan score. Dilshan struck again to dismiss Dhoni, to pick up his third wicket of the session. Dhoni scored 76 runs off 138 balls which included seven boundaries in his innings.

Earlier, Tendulkar was dominant in the first two sessions of play and had scored his fifth double ton and had held the Indian innings together and brought the Indian total closer to the Sri Lankan total until he was finally dismissed by Dilshan. Dilshan followed it up with another wicket of Harbhajan Singh who had joined Dhoni to replace Tendulkar.

Tendulkar had also surpassed Virender Sehwag's record score of 201* becoming the highest scorer for India in the Island nation.

Inspite of loss of Raina's wicket in the session, Tendulkar had carried on with his good show with Dhoni joining him at the other end. Tendulkar had also helped India surpass their highest total of 537/8 in the Island nation. Captain Dhoni had been scoring freely in his innings with a good strike-rate and had reached his 18th half century before play was stopped for Tea.

Earlier, Mendis had finally managed to break the partnership of Tendulkar and Raina. Raina was out after scoring 120 runs off 228 balls off the bowling of Mendis. The duo had put together a superb stand of 256 for the fifth wicket to help the tourists come out of possible slump.

India scored 112 runs in the mid session of play.

Resuming the day's play at overnight score of 382/4 the duo continued with their good partnership and added 95 runs in the first session of play to help the Indian score cross the 450 mark.

Earlier, Tendulkar and Raina had started the fourth day's proceeding on a cautious note with India still having an uphill task ahead, first to overhaul the follow-on target and then the Sri Lankan total.

Yesterday, Tendulkar had inspired the Indian innings with a superb century, picking up a good partnership with Raina in the final session play at day three at Colombo.

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The duo had 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. The ton was Tendulkar's fifth century this year so far. Raina(66*) at the other end had played a pretty knock as well to accompany Tendulkar. He had scored his maiden half century and became the 22nd Indian batsmen to achieve the feat in the first Test match.

Tendulkar had 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.
Raina at the other end eventually reached his maiden half century and became the 22nd Indian batsmen to achieve the feat in first Test match.

India had ended the day's play at 382 for the loss of four wickets.

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