VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina put together an unbeaten 87-run partnership to guide India to a 5 wicket win over Sri Lanka and level the 3 match series 1-1 at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Saturday.
VVS Laxman scored an unbeaten 103 and Sachin Tendulkar made 54 as India surpassed the victory target of 257 before tea on the fifth day at the P. Sara Oval.
Chasing 257 for victory, India reached the lunch interval on 145/4 on the fifth and final day requiring a further 112 runs in the remaining two sessions.
At the break, Tendulkar was unbeaten on 50, scored off 106 balls, with Laxman on 46.
Sri Lanka missed a golden opportunity to remove Tendulkar when he was put down by Tillakaratne Dilshan at forward short-leg with his score on 18.
The prolific batsman and cricket’s most-capped Test player made Sri Lanka pay for that early lapse by recording his 56th Test half-century that included three boundaries.
Sri Lanka’s only success of the morning was the wicket of nightwatchman Ishant Sharma, who was caught at short mid-wicket for four, giving off-spinner Suraj Randiv (4-57) his fourth wicket of the innings after India had resumed on 53-3.
Sri Lanka won the opening Test in Galle by 10 wickets, while the second match at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo ended in a high-scoring draw.(Agencies)