result
1st Test, Ahmedabad, Nov 16 - 20 2009, Sri Lanka tour of India
426 & 412/4
760/7d
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
275
mahela-jayawardene
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• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Tendulkar, Gambhir, dead pitch frustrate Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, and a dead Ahmedabad pitch (21 wickets and seven centuries in five days) put paid to Sri Lanka's dream of a first Test win in India

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Scorecard summary
India426/10(104.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Rahul Dravid177 (261)
MS Dhoni110 (159)
Sri Lanka760/7(202.4 overs)1st INNINGS
India412/4(129 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 1291 run
INDIA: 412/4CRR: 3.19 
VVS Laxman51 (160)
Sachin Tendulkar100 (211)
Chanaka Welegedara 21-1-76-1
Rangana Herath 40-6-97-2

So that is that. In five days we've had 21 wickets and seven centuries. Two of them came today and those helped India save this Test. Gambhir and Tendulkar batted well to save this match. Tendulkar is applauded and back-slapped as he heads into the pavilion. He and Gambhir were superb in application today. Sri Lanka were rather flat on an unresponsive track. Hopefully the Kanpur track will be more productive.

Stay with us if you'd like for the post-match presentation.

Sangakkara: "A bit disappointed but a few surprises. The Jayawardenes, Dilshan and Samaraweera played well. We showed a lot of fight and spunk. It was a pretty flat track. We were thinking positive and needed something to go our way today but that didn't happen. But we're not too disappointed. Welegedara having to step in on the morning of the match, did fantastically. Prasad showed a lot heart to bowl at 140 plus with a hamstring. It's nice to see people put their hands up."

Dhoni: "We had to handle our nerves and that's what showed. We're proud of this achievement. The series will go close. We can bowl more disciplined lines, but apart from that the bowlers bowled their hearts out. It wasn't easy. We're not worried about the batting. We expected the track to have a bit more bounce for the spinners, but it favored the batsmen."

Mahela Jayawardene is the Man of the Match for his 275, his 27th Test century: "All the batsmen could have done that. The last time I toured India I had a few fifties; it is always a challenge coming here. I got good support on the way and all in all it was a great Test match."

So that is that, folks. Thanks for your company over the past few days. On behalf of Kanishkaa and the rest who chipped in on commentary, this is Jamie Alter signing off. The second Tests starts on Tuesday. Bye for now!

128.6
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

glances the ball to square leg and that is the end of the Test

128.5
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

back to business, Laxman leaving alone outside off

Patient innings that has helped India draw this match.

128.4
1
Welegedara to Tendulkar, 1 run

finally gets there, tapping the ball back past the bowler and setting off immediately, mid-off runs in but cannot prevent Tendulkar's 43rd Test century, one celebrated with a whoop and a big pump of the arms

128.3
Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run

tries to flick a full ball outside off but mistimes it back to the bowler

Feedback of the day from the cryptic yyyyu: "jgjgg". Yup, that's how I feel too.

128.2
Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run

pitches on a length and he defends ever to watchfully to cover

128.1
Welegedara to Tendulkar, no run

angles it across and he shoulders arms to that one

Discussion between captain and fielder, batsman and batsman. For what, God knows. The field is spread around the circle to try and stop the single.

end of over 1281 run
INDIA: 411/4CRR: 3.21 
VVS Laxman51 (158)
Sachin Tendulkar99 (207)
Rangana Herath 40-6-97-2
Chanaka Welegedara 20-1-75-1
127.6
Herath to Laxman, no run

drives inside-out to extra cover, making room to take the floated dipper on the rise

127.5
1
Herath to Tendulkar, 1 run

now he stabs at one and it rolls away to the leg side, Laxman sees it and calls for the single that takes Tendulkar to 99

127.4
Herath to Tendulkar, no run

more of the same, spins in from well outside and no shot offered

127.3
Herath to Tendulkar, no run

again outside leg stump so he kicks it away

127.2
Herath to Tendulkar, no run

goes for a sweep to one tossed up down the stumps and misses

127.1
Herath to Tendulkar, no run

tossed up into the rough and he pads it away to the off side where the umpire Harper picks it up and throws it back to the bowler ... its all happening

end of over 1271 run
INDIA: 410/4CRR: 3.22 
VVS Laxman51 (157)
Sachin Tendulkar98 (202)
Chanaka Welegedara 20-1-75-1
Rangana Herath 39-6-96-2
126.6
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

low-dipping slower delivery, dead-batted to the off side

126.5
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

closer to the stumps and Laxman defends it to gully

126.4
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

outside off, left alone

126.3
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

outside off, left alone

126.2
Welegedara to Laxman, no run

angles it across and Laxman shoulders arms

126.1
1
Welegedara to Tendulkar, 1 run

again Tendulkar walks across the stumps and clips a full ball from outside off stump, good use of the wrists

end of over 126Maiden
INDIA: 409/4CRR: 3.24 
VVS Laxman51 (152)
Sachin Tendulkar97 (201)
Rangana Herath 39-6-96-2
Chanaka Welegedara 19-1-74-1
125.6
Herath to Laxman, no run

pads away the ball landing outside leg stump

125.5
Herath to Laxman, no run

again outside leg stump and again he works it to the fielders

Best performances - batters
Mahela Jayawardene portrait
DPMD Jayawardene SL
275 runs (435)
27 fours
1 six
Control87%
Productive shot
leg glance
65 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Rahul Dravid portrait
R Dravid INDIA
177 runs (261)
26 fours
1 six
Control86%
Productive shot
leg glance
52 runs
5 fours
0 six
53201859151344
Best performances - bowlers
Chanaka Welegedara portrait
UWMBCA Welegedara SL
O
22
M
4
R
87
W
4
ECO
3.95
Muttiah Muralitharan portrait
M Muralitharan SL
O
25.5
M
4
R
97
W
3
ECO
3.75
Match details
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of India
Season2009/10
Player Of The Match
Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene
Series result3-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1933
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days16,17,18,19,20 November 2009 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Daryl Harper
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Amiesh Saheba
Reserve Umpire
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Shashank Ranade
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe
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