Saturday, August 7, 2010

India thrashed Lankans, great ton by Laxman

India thrashed Lankans, a great ton by Laxman

With VVS Laxman`s 16th Test ton India has surpassed Sri Lanka in the third Test. India overshadowed The Sri Lankan team by 5 wickets. With this victory India levelled the series by 1-1 at the P. Sara Oval.

Chasing a victory target of 257, India made 258 for five in the second innings with VVS Laxman remaining unbeaten on 103. Sri Lanka made 425 in the first innings and 267 in their second. India were bowled out for 436 in their first innings.

Laxman persistently played his natural game throughout the decisive day as he first made a 109-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar to lead India to a commanding position, and then played the concluding 87-run innings with Suresh Raina.

Chasing 257 runs in the second innings, India suffered an early loss in the form of Ishant Sharma as Suraj Randiv dismissed this night-watchman at a mere score of 4.

Thereafter Tendulkar and Laxman took the lead and their fearless and confident game took India to a very satisfactory situation.

Sachin achieved another milestone in his career by adding his 56th Test fifty to it.

India went for lunch with their scorecard reading 145/4. Post lunch, the Tendulkar-Laxman duo put up a remarkable 109-run fifth wicket partnership that turned around the wheel of fate in favour of the Indians.

But soon after his half century, the run machine Sachin was hindered by Randiv, who dismissed the Little Master (54) to claim his maiden five-wicket haul.

After Tendulkar’s dismissal, the onus entirely fell on Laxman`s shoulders .

Laxman slammed a total of 12 boundaries to later clinch his 16th Test century. Alongside, Raina accompanied him as he scored 41 runs.

Raina dispelled the clouds of doubts by hitting a six, which marked Indian victory on Sri Lankan soil.


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