Sachin Tendulkar became the most capped Test player in the history of the game yesterday, but once the record had been marked and his 169th appearance for India recorded, it was Sri Lanka who left the field the happier side.
Half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera helped the home side, who lead the series 1-0 going into the final match, to 293 for 4 at stumps and seem to be heading towards another massive first-innings total in the series, although Sangakkara (75) and Jayawardene (56) failed to convert their starts into centuries.
"The Little Master", meanwhile, was passing the mark of the former Australia captain Steve Waugh to add to his plethora of records including most Test centuries (48) and most Test runs (13,742).
Forced to field first after losing the toss for the third time in a row, India's bowlers performed well in patches, with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha the pick of the attack with 2 for 78 in 26 overs.
The fifth-wicket partnership between Samaraweera (65 not out) and Angelo Mathews (26no) had swelled to 52 runs when play was called off due to bad light.
Most test caps
SR Tendulkar (Ind) 1989-2010, 169
SR Waugh (Aus) 1985-2004, 168
AR Border (Aus) 1978-1994, 156
RT Ponting (Aus) 1995-2010, 146
SK Warne (Aus) 1992-2007, 145
R Dravid (Ind) 1996-2010, 142
JH Kallis (SA) 1995-2010, 140
MV Boucher (SA) 1997-2010, 134
M Muralitharan (SL) 1992-2010, 133
AJ Stewart (Eng) 1990-2003, 133Reuse content