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India vs Sri Lanka

Tendulkar ton ensures draw

Sri Lanka still searching for first Test success on Indian soil

Tendulkar: 43rd Test match hundred

First Test Match
Ahmedabad
India 426 (R Dravid 177, M S Dhoni 110, Yuvraj Singh 68, U W M B C A Welegedara 4-87) & 412-4 (G Gambhir 114, S R Tendulkar 100 no, V V S Laxman 51 no, V Sehwag 51) v Sri Lanka 760-7 dec (D P M D Jayawardene 275, H A P W Jayawardene 154 no, T M Dilshan 112, T T Samaraweera 70)
India drew with Sri Lanka

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Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir both completed centuries to ensure India clinched a draw in the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad.

Despite their position of dominance heading into the final day, Kumar Sangakkara's men could only claim two further wickets as their wait for a first ever Test match victory on India soil continues.

Resuming the final day on 190-2, still 144 runs behind Sri Lanka's mammoth 760-7 first-innings total, Gambhir (114) and Tendulkar (100 not out) helped India up to 412-4 before both teams called it a day with no result possible.

Tendulkar's century was the seventh of the match - a record for any Test in the sub-continent - and attention now turns to the second match of the series which gets underway in Kanpur on Tuesday.

Reflex catch

The Sri Lanka bowlers began the final day harbouring serious hopes of ending their Test drought in India, however an unresponsive pitch and some disciplined batsmanship soon dampened spirits.

Gambhir, starting day five with 72 runs to his name, scored just eight runs off the first 41 balls he faced as he and nightwatchman Amit Mishra made a cautious start to the first session.

Standing at second slip, Tillakaratne Dilshan spurned a guilt-edge chance to remove Mishra early in the piece, Chanaka Welegedara the unfortunate bowler.

But Dilshan made amends just before the first drinks interval when he held on to a superb reflex catch at leg gully to remove Mishra for 24.

However Gambhir was proving a more stubborn obstacle to overcome, and the gritty left-hander eventually reached his seventh Test match century when he clipped Angelo Mathews to the fine-leg boundary.

Both he and Tendulkar added 66 for the fourth wicket to edge India closer to safety, however a rush of blood from Gambhir brought about his demise when he miscued Rangara Herath to Dammika Prasad at mid-off.

Cruised

India were still 59 runs behind at that stage, but Tendulkar and VVS Laxman (51no) quickly settled nerves with a stoic display.

Tendulkar, who became the first player to reach 30,000 international runs during his stay, brought up his half-century with a couple of runs off Herath and Laxman, out for a duck in the first innings, looked much calmer on his return to the middle.

The pair combined for an unbroken 137-run stand as India cruised past Sri Lanka's total in the final session.

And it was then left to Tendulkar to end the game, bringing up his 43rd Test century and eighth against Sri Lanka with a quick single to mid-off.

Match Details

Date
16th - 20th Nov 2009
Toss
Venue
Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Ahmedabad
Umpires
A L Hill and D J Harper

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Gambhir c Prasad b Herath 114
Sehwag c Mathews b Herath 51
Dravid lbw b Welegedara 38
Mishra c Dilshan b Mathews 24
Tendulkar not out 100
Laxman not out 51
Extras 11nb, 2w, 12b, 9lb 34
Total Close, 129.0 Overs 412 - 4
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Welegedara 21 1 76 1
Prasad 13 0 56 0
Herath 40 6 97 2
Muralitharan 38 6 124 0
Mathews 15 6 29 1
Dilshan 1 0 2 0
Paranavitana 1 0 7 0
Full Bowling Card