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Sri Lanka heap pressure on India

First Test, Ahmedabad, day four (close):
India 426 & 190-2 v Sri Lanka 760-7 dec
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Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene
The two unrelated Jayawardenes wrote their names into the Test record books

Sri Lanka piled on the runs - and the misery - for India on the fourth day of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

Mahela Jayawardene eventually fell for 275 after adding 351 for the sixth wicket - a Test record - with keeper Prasanna Jayawardene (154 not out).

The keeper's second Test century helped the tourists declare on 760-7 - a mammoth 334 ahead on first innings.

Gautam Gambhir's unbeaten 74 helped India reach 190-2 by the close, still 144 behind going into the final day.

India had seen former skipper Mahela Jayawardene bat throughout the third day's play to reach 204 not out, and fared little better despite taking the third new ball at the start of play.

606: DEBATE
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He added 71 more, passing 9,000 runs in Tests, before his marathon eight-hour innings was ended when he was bowled by leg-spinner Amit Mishra advancing down the track.

That came after the pair had set a new best sixth-wicket stand in Tests, though, passing Australian duo Jack Fingleton and Don Bradman's 346-run partnership made against England in Melbourne in 1937.

The younger Jayawardene - no relation - remained to pass his previous Test-best innings and push on past the 150 mark, before Dammika Prasad's fall for 21, caught at deep mid-wicket off Harbhajan Singh, prompted the declaration.

It was the highest Test innings score on Indian soil, overtaking India's 676-7 against then in Kanpur in 1986.

BEST TEST SIXTH-WICKET STANDS
351 - M Jayawardene & P Jayawardene, SL v Ind 2009
346 - J Fingleton & D Bradman, Aus v Eng 1937
317 - D Martyn & A Gilchrist, Aus v SA 2002
298* - D Vengsarkar & R Shastri, Ind v Aus 1986
282* - B Lara & R Jacobs, WI v Eng 2004

Batting to save the match on the fourth afternoon, the aggressive Virender Sehwag smashed seven fours and looked at one stage as if he could replicate his man-of-the-match performance against England in Chennai 11 months ago when India chased down 387 to win.

But one rash shot too many against left-arm spinner Rangana Herath saw him hole out at mid-wicket for 51 off 67 balls having added 81 with Gambhir, who was joined by the reassuring presence of the experienced Rahul Dravid.

When Dravid was adjudged lbw to Chanaka Welegedara, Mishra - who had earlier returned figures of 1-203 from 58 overs - was pressed into service as nightwatchman, and saw Gambhir safely through to the close.

Sri Lanka, who have never won a Test in India, will hope to push for a famous victory on day five.



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