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Sep 15, 2009

India broken the Lankan Lions

Indian Cricket TeamSachin Tendulkar hit his 44th One-day International century to lead India to a 46-run win over Sri Lanka in the final of the tri-series here on Monday.

Tendulkar, the world's leading Test and one-day run scorer, made 138 runs off 133 balls as India piled up 319-5 after batting 1st in the day-night match at the Premadasa stadium.

Sri Lanka made a heroic chase after the stiff target, floated by a blistering opening stand of 64 in 7.5 overs by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya, before they were all out for 273.

Dilshan hit 42 runs off 29 balls when his dismissal in the 8th over, bowled by Harbhajan Singh, triggered a theatrical collapse in which five wickets fell for the addition of 67 runs.

Sachin TendulkarOff-spinner Harbhajan ended with 5-56 to signal India's morale-boosting win ahead of the eight-nation Champions Trophy which opens in South Africa on September 22.

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Thilina Kandamby recharged Sri Lanka with a 51-run stand for the sixth wicket, when India earned a lucky break to make it 182-6.

Sangakkara, who made 33, saw his bat fly out of his hands and break the stumps as he attempted to pull a full toss from Rudra Pratap Singh.

Kandamby and Chamara Kapugedara terrified the Indians by adding 70 for the seventh wicket, but both batsmen fell in the space of 12 runs, derailing the Sri Lankans.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who did his team a favors by winning the toss on a wicket that slowed down, made 56 from 62 balls during a second-wicket stand of 110 with Tendulkar.

Harbhajan SinghYuvraj Singh remained unbeaten on a quickfire 56 off 41 balls as India plundered 85 runs in the last 10 overs.

The 36-year-old Tendulkar battled cruel heat and humidity to bat for 46 overs despite developing leg cramps in the later part of his innings, necessitating the help of a runner.

He hits 10 boundaries and a six before being leg-before to Ajantha Mendis after smashing a six and 2 fours earlier in the over.

It was Tendulkar's 86th international century -- 42 in Test Match and 44 in one-dayers -- to complement his world record 12,773 Test and 16,895 one-day runs in a brilliant 20-year career.

Tendulkar put on 95 for the first wicket with Rahul Dravid, who contributed 39 after being asked to open the batting in place of the axed Dinesh Karthik.

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