Sri Lankan skipper and first innings centurion Dinesh Chandimal along with de Silva have turn things around for the visitors as the third and final test match at New Delhi’s Firoshah Kotla ground which looked like a sheer series triumph for team India has been turned into a possible or much-expected draw. Sri Lanka now need 204 runs more to win in order to level the three-match Test series as they have scored 2016 runs with loss of 5 wickets on Day -5. With the Lankan batsmen successfully turning Kotla ground into a fortress, Virat Kohli’s side will be needing a little more anticipation on the field as they need to 5 more wickets to clinch the third and final Test at Kotla in Delhi.
The cricketing action on Wednesday during the fourth day was brought to a conclusion by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja’s double blows which paved way for India as the visitors were restricted at 31/3 while chasing a challenging total of 410 at stumps at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi. Lankan ODI captain Angelo Mathews (0) along with Dhananjay De Silva (13) remained unbeaten at the crease, leaving visitors 379 behind the target set by the hosts. Earlier, the visitors got off to a terrible start by losing both the openers Sadeera Samarawickrama (5) and Dimuth Karunaratne (13) in cheap fashion as Virat Kohli’s side impressively utilised the 16 overs before bad light conditions interrupted the day’s play at Kota.
Opener Samarawickrama became the victim of pacer Mohammed Shami, when the bowler produced a perfectly pitched bouncer that nicked Samarawickram’s gloves before landing in slips to Ajinkya Rahane. Although, Shami wasn’t able to continue his inspiring run as his spell was cut short through poor lighting conditions. the Indian fast bowler also had to vacant the field due to illness.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 136/4 (Dhananjaya de Silva 82 not out, Dinesh Chandimal 34 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 3/25) against India 563/7 decl and 246/5 decl. at lunch.