He remained unbeaten on 96 and together with Dinesh Karthik wrapped up the match in the 43rd over
Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat on completing his half-century as Kumar Sangakkara looks on during the thirrd One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
He grew in confidence to play some delicate shots behind the wicket
Tendulkar brought up his 17th ODI fifty against Sri Lanka off 57 balls
Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir added 72 for the second wicket as India began to dominate the Sri Lankans on 21 Dec 2009
Tendulkar ensured the hosts continued the good work on 21 Dec 2009
Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during his 43-run stand at the second One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.
Sachin Tendulkar's sharp reflexes led to the run-out of Thilina Kandamby, India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Rajkot, December 15, 2009
Virender Sehwag congratulates team-mate Sachin Tendulkar on scoring a half-century during the first ODI in Rajkot on 15 Dec 2009
Sachin Tendulkar sweeps during his 92nd ODI half-century, India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Rajkot, December 15, 2009
Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar run between wickets during the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Rajkot on 15 Dec 2009
Sachin Tendulkar, Dhoni & Rahul Dravid
Sachin Tendulkar looked intent on joining the run-fest