A amazing 103-run beating by VVS Laxman guided India to a alternation levelling achievement as they won the third and the final Test adjoin Sri Lanka by 5 wickets actuality at P Sara Oval on Saturday. Laxman captivated his assumption throughout the absolute day as he aboriginal congenital a 109-run affiliation with Sachin Tendulkar to advance India to a advantageous position, and again played the absolute 87-run innings with Suresh Raina to advice his aggregation assure a face-saving achievement in the island. The celebration helped India end the three-match alternation with a 1-1 draw. Chasing 257 runs in the additional innings, India suffered an aboriginal draft as Suraj Randiv absolved night-watchman Ishant Sharma for a bald account of 4. However, Tendulkar and Laxman played steadily thereafter to booty India to a actual adequate situation. Tendulkar came up with his 56th Test fifty as India went for cafeteria with their agenda account 145/4. Post lunch, the Tendulkar-Laxman duo put up a arresting 109-run fifth wicket affiliation that afflicted the breeze of the bold altogether. When the activity gets tough, Randiv gets going! That is absolutely what happened to Sri Lanka as Randiv absolved Tendulkar (54) to affirmation his beginning five-wicket haul.
After Tendulkar’s dismissal, the onus fell on Laxman to added advance the campaign. Laxman airtight a absolute of 12 boundaries to after assure his 16th Test century. Alongside, Raina kept him absolute aggregation as he denticulate 41 runs, with the advice of four boundaries and a six, a attempt which apparent Indian achievement on Sri Lankan soil. Randiv had a dream of a additional innings as he beforehand claimed the wicket of Murali Vijay (27), Virender Sehwag (0) and Rahul Dravid (7) on the fourth day. In the aboriginal innings as well, he has Sehwag, Abhimanyu Mithun, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma as his victims. The affairs of the fifth day started with India resuming their batting attack from their fourth day’s account of 53/4, acute 204 added runs to win the bout and akin the series.