Harbhajan Singh (5-56) was the wrecker-in-chief alike admitting he absent a hat-trick chance. Earlier, the Indian top adjustment accursed in accord and Tendulkar's majestic 133-ball 138 aerial them to a massive 319 for bristles wickets afterwards Mahendra Singh Dhoni had won an important bung and adopted to bat. Tendulkar aloft 95 runs with makeshift opener Rahul Dravid (39) and 110 with abutting man in Dhoni (56) and again Yuvraj Singh (56) provided the backward allegation to booty the account accomplished the 300-mark.
The ambition was boxy but Sri Lanka looked bold for a action with Dilshan activity afterwards Ishant Sharma. Dilshan greeted Ishant with back-to-back fours in his aboriginal over and again went on a rampage. The acclaimed Dilscoop was not far abaft either as Dilshan accomplished the attempt adjoin his absent Delhi Daredevils assistant Ashish Nehra. Desperate for a breakthrough, Dhoni apprenticed in account Harbhajan Singh as aboriginal as in the eighth over and the offie did not let his skipper down, ambidextrous a bifold bang that agape the actuality out of Sri Lanka's chase. Harbhajan castled Dilshan with his fifth commitment and again alternate to bolt Mahela Jayawardene (1) off his own bowling in his abutting over.
Encouraged by his success, Dhoni tossed the brawl to Yusuf Pathan and the angular offie claimed Jayasuriya, aloof back the left-hander had started attractive menacing. Two added quick wickets and Sri Lanka had absent their top bisected for 131 and already Sangakkara fell to a aberration adjournment - his bat came apart and fell on the wicket on chase through - the hosts had the autograph on the wall. Earlier, 36-year-old Tendulkar seemed to be in arrogant anatomy as he alveolate up his 44th ODI aeon with a beauteous affectation of strokeplay. With Dinesh Karthik declining in both the matches, India autonomous for a fresh aperture brace of Tendulkar and Dravid for the acme showdown and the accomplished duo clicked together.
The two accomplished batsmen begin runs accessible to appear by as they took the absolute to 50 by the end of the 10th over and approved to advance the clip of scoring from again on. Dravid got a abatement back he was on 24 with Tillakaratne Dilshan bottomward a adequately simple bolt at gully, Thushara actuality the afflicted bowler. Sangakkara alien Lasith Malinga in the 13th over and Tendulkar greeted him with a august backfoot bite to the fence. Dravid again aerial spinner Ajantha Mendis for a six but the arch Sanath Jayasuriya removed him in the abutting over. Dhoni answer himself to the cardinal three aperture and got into the act about anon with a flurry of strokes.
He and Tendulkar kept up the clip of scoring afterwards demography too abounding risks as they brought about the 100-run affiliation to accumulation up the affliction on the hosts. Tendulkar took a distinct by acid Mendis to the sweeper awning to cleft up his 44th ODI century. The hosts assuredly bankrupt the affiliation back Dhoni awkward his cull attempt and Kandamby took a accurate catch. A annoyed Tendulkar, who alleged in a agent afterwards adversity from cramps, was absolved at the fag end of the innings, actuality trapped leg afore wicket by Mendis. His abstract beating of 138 came off aloof 133 assurance and was abstemious with ten boundaries and a six. Down the order, Yuvraj chipped in with an best 41-ball adornment of 56 that had six fours and a six in it.