India on backfoot, need 204 runs for victory

Chasing a total of 257 runs, India lost top three batsmen to Sri Lankan spinner Suraj Randiv to end Day 4 of the third Test on 53/3.

updated: August 06, 2010 13:11 IST
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Jolted by three quick wickets, India were left with the tricky task of scoring 204 runs for victory on a fifth day track after allowing Sri Lanka to stage a remarkable recovery in the third and final Test which seemed headed for a nail-biting finish on Friday.

Chasing 256 for a win, the Indians were tottering at 53 for three at close on a thrilling fourth day's play which saw the hosts rely on Thilan Samaraweera (83) and tailender Ajantha Mendis (78) to salvage the situation after being at a precarious 125 for eight at one stage.

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