COLOMBO: Prolific batsman Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 48th test century and shared an unbroken 141-run partnership for the fifth wicket with debutant Suresh Raina to lead India`s fightback in the second cricket test against Sri Lanka.
India was vulnerably placed on 243-4 at tea on day three Wednesday needing 200 runs to avoid follow on, but it reached 382-4 at stumps.
India just needs 61 runs to avoid follow on with six wickets in hand.
Tendulkar was unbeaten on 108 at stumps having faced 181 balls and hitting 14 boundaries and a six. It was the 37-year-old batsman`s sixth test century for 2010.
Raina who made a half-century in his maiden test innings and was not out on 66 off 133 balls, including eight boundaries.