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  • 4:32 PM IST

    STUMPS

    OUT! Suranga Lakmal falls for 0. Sri Lanka’s nightwatchman ploy has not worked. Ravindra Jadeja doing the damage. First he scalped Dimuth Karunaratne and now Lakmal. Angelo Mathews out in the middle along with Dhanajaya de Silva. They now need 379 more runs to win third Test and level series with India.

  • 4:00 PM IST

    OUT! Sadeera Samawickrama falls for 5. Excellent decision by Nigel Llong. Shami was bowling an unplayable spell that has been toped up this wicket. The ball rose like a spitting cobra from the pitch. Dhananjaya de Silva is the new man in.

  • 3:47 PM IST

    Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been on the money so far. Hardly any room for Karunaratne and Sadeera to open their arms. The light continues fall at Kotla. Sri Lanka will need to go into stumps without losing a wicket that gives them some chance of a win tomorrow.

  • 3:29 PM IST

    Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samawickrama are out in the middle for Sri Lanka. Karunaratne will be crucial if Sri Lanka need to draw let alone win this Test. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami will be hopeful of getting a few wicket in this twilight zone.

  • 3:19 PM IST

    FIFTY! Rohit Sharma reaches his fifty and Kohli calls for declaration. This was Rohit’s 9th Test fifty. Sri Lanka need 410 runs to win. A task that never been chased in India-ever.

  • 3:10 PM IST

    OUT! Kolhi departs after making a quick-fire fifty. He was looking to pick the ball from the off-stump line and land it over the long on boundary. He does not declare and India continue to bat on. (may be for Rohit to make his fifty)

  • 3:03 PM IST

    Both Rohit and Kohli are playing without any fear. Kohli is has scored 15th Test half-century, while Rohit will want to record his 9th Test fifty. Kohli’s fifty coming in 55 balls. India 5 runs away from 400.

  • 2:36 PM IST

    50 run between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in as many balls. Kohli and Rohit will eye the 400-lead mark before they think of declaring. Sri Lanka as usual are slow on their overrates.

  • 2:35 PM IST

    Not international match in Delhi till 2020?

    Read more about it here.
  • 2:14 PM IST

    TEA!

    India go into Tea the better placed side. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have already put on 48 run stand in 47 balls. This session has produced 141 runs in 26 overs. It will be interesting to see how much time India bat in the final session before declaring the innings.
  • 1:58 PM IST

    With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma out the middle, runs for India are coming thick and fast. Rohit has made run-a-ball 13, while Kohli has made a 18-ball 15. Sri Lanka’s have been guilty of bowling to many no-balls in this match (10 so far).

  • 1:41 PM IST

    OUT! Shikhar Dhawan trying to loft Lakshan Sandakan out of Kotla got stumped. Dhawan used his feet against a delivery that left him and found the gloves of Niroshan Dickwella for an easy stumping. He did hit a six and a couple of boundaries after reaching his fifty.

  • 1:33 PM IST

    50! Test fifty no. 5 on his birthday for Shikhar Dhawan. This has been an uncharacteristic innings so far. He crossed 2,000 Test runs with a massive six off Sandakan. Virat Kohli too will be eager to open his account and get his car running.

  • 1:20 PM IST

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara falls for 49. He could have gotten to his fifty with ease but played for the team. He was going great guns. Dhananjaya de Silva gets the prized scalp. Virat Kohli is out in the middle with the crowd roaring in unison.

  • 1:02 PM IST

    Cheteshwar Pujara has survived a few leg-before calls but has not slowed down one bit. He is heading towards his 17th Test half-century. The stand between Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan has now reached 65 for the third wicket.

    Sri Lankans are looking visibly out of ideas in the middle. Dhananjaya de Silva has been called on to bowl.
  • 12:59 PM IST

    Read what doctors have to say about the pollution in Delhi amidst mask-gate controversy here.

  • 12:42 PM IST

    Cheteshwar Pujara is playing quite a uncharacteristic innings. He is currently scoring at a strike-rate of over 88 having smashed 5 boundaries already. Shikhar Dhawan on the other hand is struggling to find gaps in the field. He is yet to hit a boundary in this innings.

  • 12:16 PM IST

    Welcome back. Cheteshwar Pujara has surpassed Dean Elgar’s tally of 1,098 runs to become leading run-scorer in Tests in 2017. India will be looking to get a more on with Shikhar Dhawan out in the middle. This pitch is still good for batting.

    Read a more comprehensive report here.
  • 11:57 AM IST

    India lead Sri Lanka by 214 runs but have not had it easy in the morning session. Read our lunch report HERE.

  • 11:41 AM IST

    Sri Lanka drop Dinesh Chandimal for ODIs against India.

    READ MORE. HERE.
  • 11:33 AM IST

    LUNCH!

    This has been a good session for Sri Lanka. They have not let India run away with the match. Early wickets of Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane have put the home side on the back foot somewhat. Cheteshwar Pujara would like to hold one end up in the next session, and let Shikhar Dhawan take charge.
  • 11:14 AM IST

    OUT! Ajinkya Rahane trying to hit himself out of form fell trying to hit Dilruwan Perera. Tossed up by the bowler, Rahane managed to mistime his shot and handed the fielder at long on a simple catch. He falls for just 10.


  • 11:10 AM IST

    Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan are keeping it simple in the middle Hardly any risks being taken. Sri Lanka skipper has opened up the field to deny them boundaries. India’s lead is nearing the 200-run mark.

  • 10:44 AM IST

    Suranga Lakmal is off the field, he was seen vomiting. Lahiru Gamage is introduced into the attack. It will be a tough for Sri Lanka if any other player leaves the field. Ajinkya Rahane is leaving everything outside the off stump line.

  • 10:28 AM IST

    Rahane survives after DRS overturns Nigel Longs decision. The ball was clearly going past the leg stump. Virat Kohli is seen applauding the referral. Important that Rahane comes back in form given India travel to South Africa in January.

  • 10:15 AM IST

    OUT! Murali Vijay falls for 9. Looking to drive the ball on the up, the ball comes back in and takes a thick edge to the keeper. Unlike Indians, Niroshan Dickwella does not make any mistake; first scalp for Lakmal.

  • 10:06 AM IST

    Murali Vijay is out in the middle along with Shikhar Dhawan. Along with them also the masks, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Gamage and Lakshan Sandakan are seen wearing it. It will be interesting to see how Dhawan plays here with Indians eyeing big lead in quick time.

  • 9:56 AM IST

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal is dismissed for 164. Sri Lanka’s innings fold on 373, India lead by 163 runs. Ishant Sharma scalps the final wicket to finish with 3 wickets. It will be interesting to see whether Sri Lanka players come out with masks or not?

    Murali Vijay? and Shikhar Dhawan will be out back in the middle in 10 mins or so. Vijay was not on the field last evening. So will we see Pujara out with Dhawan?
  • 9:47 AM IST

    Meanwhile read what Deepak Hooda has to say about his maiden India call-up. HERE

  • 9:41 AM IST

    Dinesh Chandimal and Lakshan Sandakan continue to hit back at Indian bowlers. Chandimal continues to get those crucial boundaries, while Sandakan is holding one end up. This is now Chandimal’s highest Test score.

India are leading series by 1-0 © AFP
India are leading series by 1-0 © AFP

Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day Four of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka. I am Vishal Mehra, and will bring all the live updates from Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

Day Four belonged to Sri Lanka. Angelo Mathews and skipper Dinesh Chandimal smashed centuries. Mathews ended his two-year century drought. Along with Chandimal, he added 181 runs until Ravichandran Ashwin broke the partnership.

Sri Lanka were 356 for 9 when bad light stopped play with Chandimal (147) and Lakshan Sandakan (0) at the crease. They trail by 180 runs in their first innings. Ashwin lead the bowling attack, bagging three wickets. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja ended with 2 wickets each. Meanwhile, Sadeera Samarawickrama, who has been out of action since Day One due to concussion, was back on the field after clearing a test by neurologist.

The pollution levels worsened on Monday. There were concentration of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants, 18 times the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safe level, found just before the players took lunch.