Third One Day International
Sri Lanka 239 (W U Tharanga 73, R A Jadeja 4-32) v India 242-3 (S R Tendulkar 96 no)
India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wkts
Sachin Tendulkar steered India to victory in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Cuttack, a win which puts the host nation 2-1 ahead in the five-match series.
Tendulkar's measured 96 not out saw India breeze to a comfortable seven-wicket triumph with 44 balls to spare.
Upul Tharanga (73), Kumar Sangakkara (46) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (41 off 18 balls) had earlier given Sri Lanka a superb start as they powered to 165-1 after winning the toss.
However, Ravindra Jadeja claimed a career-best 4-32 as India's bowlers fought back well to restrict Sri Lanka to just 239 all out.
Dilshan, who had made back-to-back centuries in Rajkot and Nagpur heading into the third ODI, picked up where he left off with a brutal cameo at the top of the order.
The aggressive right-hander smashed 10 fours as Sri Lanka brought up their 50 off only 26 deliveries.
But his stay was ended in the seventh over when he could only top-edge a short delivery from Asish Nehra (2-32) and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, playing in place of suspended captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, held on to the catch.
Tharanga and Sangakkara continued to find the rope with regularity, however the pair perished in the space of four runs as India clawed their way back into the match.
Mahela Jayawardene then fell cheaply before Jadeja struck again to end a promising partnership between Thilina Kandamby (22) and Chamara Kapugedera (15).
Sri Lanka's tail offered no resistance, Jadeja finishing his spell with the wickets of Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis.
Stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag blasted 44 off 28 balls to give India's chase a solid start but Tendulkar's calm innings ensured they were never in danger as the home side overhauled the target with 7.2 overs to spare.
Sehwag struck nine boundaries in a 28-ball stay, however he departed after cutting Chanaka Welegedara straight to Dilshan at cover point.
Gautam Gambhir (32) continued the chase in partnership with Tendulkar, the pair adding 72 before the former presented off-spinner Suraj Randiv with a return catch.
Tendulkar was in imperious form however, caressing 13 boundaries as he closed in on his 44th ODI century.
However, a boundary from Karthik (36 not out) saw India canter over the line with Tendulkar stranded on 96 not out.