Sri Lanka lost 0-2 to India © AFP
Sri Lanka lost 0-2 to India © AFP

The masked crusaders from Sri Lanka, put a valiant effort in the third and final Test against India at Delhi. Led somewhat controversially by Dinesh Chandimal, the team from the Emerald Island did not give in to India’s charge. A weak bowling line-up was shredded apart by the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The one thing that kept the side’s head high was their batting reply.

Suranga Lakmal (3/10; 1 wicket): Plagued with constant vomiting, Lakmal could not give his hundred per cent. He struggled in his run-up that hampered his loading motion while nearing the popping crease.  

Lahiru Gamage (4/10; 3 wickets): Gamage was Sri Lanka’s best pace bowler at Kotla. He toiled hard out in the middle and did manage to scalp Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli. With his top-heavy body, he too had problems with the quality of air.

Lakshan Sandakan (5/10; 5 wickets): Replacing Rangana Herath is no easy task; Sandakan was under fire from the first ball itself. Indian’s took attack to the young Chinaman bowler who went for 217 runs in the match; picking 5 wickets in the process.

Angelo Mathews (8/10; 112 runs): Sri Lanka’s hero in the first innings, Mathews finally knocked off the money off his back. This was his first century in two years that helped his put up a brawny fight. In the second innings he faltered with the bat departing for 1.

Dimuth Karunaratne (2/10; 13 runs): Despit being the third-highest Test run-getter in 2017, Karunaratne’s poor form in the series continued. He once again failed with the bat making just 13 runs. His struggle against fast bowler became his undoing again.

Sadeera Samarawickrama (4/10; 38 runs): The Man of Steel in Delhi, Samarawickrama displayed sparks of his batting. He was aggressive during his 61-ball stay in the first innings. He gets an extra point for taking field after getting hit on the helmet on Day 1.

Dilruwan Perera (6/10; 42 runs, 2 wickets): After Sri Lanka lost two early wickets, Dilruwan paired with Mathews to build team’s first solid performance. He did not get the chance to bat again and picked up 2 wickets.

Dhananjaya de Silva (8/10; 119* and 1 wicket): Picked in the team for only the final Test, Dhananjaya played as a batting all-rounder and scored the third Test century of his career. His knock saved Sri Lanka from defeat. He also dismissed Pujara for 49. He had retired hurt after getting injured while batting.

Roshen Silva (6/10; 72): Making international debut is a nervy incident and against a strong side as India makes it tougher. Probably the reason why Roshen got out for a duck in his first innings. In his second, he replied with an unbeaten 72 that helped Sri Lanka draw the Test.

Niroshan Dickwella (5/10; 44, wicketkeeping): Dickwella fell for a duck in the first innings but played a crucial 44-run unbeaten knock in the next. He also kept for Sri Lanka throughout the Test that earns him extra points.

Dinesh Chandimal (9/10; 164, 36, captaincy): Without a doubt, Chandimal was one of Sri Lanka’s best players in the series. His 164 remained the highest score for Sri Lanka in the series and his captaincy was commendable.