India won the series 1-0 © AFP
India won the series 1-0 © AFP

Sri Lanka, putting up 299 for 5 in the final innings, settle for a draw in the third Test, handing India the series 1-0. India had earlier put up 536 for 7 decl. and 246 for 5 decl. in their two innings, later bundling out Sri Lanka for 373 in the second innings. Debutant Roshen Silva, after getting out for duck in the first innings, scored a half-century in the following while Niroshan Dickwella remained unbeaten at 44 as the teams declare.

India, guided by Murali Vijay’s consecutive century and Virat Kohli’s sixth double-century, put up a gigantic 536 for 7 in the first innings. After losing Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara early, Vijay and Kohli put up a 283-run partnership that took India from 78 for 2 to 361 for 3. Kohli then found support from Rohit Sharma, who scored half-century. Lakshan Sandakan emerged as Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler with 4 wickets from the innings. Sri Lanka cricketers fielded with masks on Day Two and there were multiple interruptions during India’s innings due to the multiple appeals from Dinesh Chandimal and Sri Lanka cricketers to stop the play due to smog.

 

Mohammed Shami struck first ball to dismiss Dimuth Karunaratne. Ishant Sharma struck too and Sri Lanka were reduced to 14 for 2. Angelo Mathews and Dilruwan Perera then revived Sri Lanka. After Perera departed scoring 42, Dinesh Chandimal joined Mathews. They put up a 181-run partnership that took Sri Lanka to 373. Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin were pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each.

Batting again, Dhawan and Pujara built the first crucial partnership of the innings. Pujara missed on his half-century by 1 run while Dhawan scored 67. Later both Kohli and Rohit scored individual half-centuries before India declared the innings for 246 for 5.

Set for 410, Sri Lanka were off to a poor start, being reduced to 31 for 3. Ravindra Jadeja picked up 2 wickets on before Day Four stumps and removed Mathews early on final day. Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva then built a 112-run partnership. They survived the first session of the day. While Chandimal departed for 36, de Silva scored his third Test century. However, he retired hurt for 119.

Roshen Silva stayed at the crease and got to his maiden half-century. After 14 overs of play in the final session, India and Sri Lanka decided to call it a day. Virat Kohli got the Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series award as India won the series 1-0. This is India’s second drawn match with Sri Lanka under Kohli’s tenure as captain.

Brief scores:

India 536 for 7 decl. and 246 for 5 decl. drew with Sri Lanka 373 and 299 for 5 (Dimuth Karunaratne 13, Dhananjaya de Silva 119* (RH), Dinesh Chandimal 36, Roshen Silva 74*, Niroshan Dickwella 44*; Mohammed Shami 1 for 50, Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 81).