SL earn draw, but India win another series

SL earn draw, but India win another series

Sri Lanka have earned a magical draw in the third Test in Delhi with losing just two wickets on the final day. But India have won the series 1-0, the record ninth consecutive series win.

Sri Lanka lost three wickets for 31 in their run-chase of 410 on day four after India posted 246/5 in their second innings. It was a win-win like situation for India when the visitors lost early wickets.

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Angelo Mathews’ dismissal early in the fifth day put Sri Lanka to further trouble. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva bounced back and put on a 112-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Chandimal made 90-ball 36.

Dhananjaya brought up his third century in 188 balls. He became only the ninth Sri Lankan to score a hundred in the third innings. After putting up a 58-run stand with Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya retired hurt after scoring a match-saving 119 off 219 balls including 15 fours and a six.

Debutant Roshen confirmed Sri Lanka’s draw with sharing an unbeaten 94-run partnership with Niroshan Dickwella. Roshen made 74* runs from 154 deliveries with 11 boundaries after scoring a duck in the first innings. Dickwella made 72-ball 44 with 6 fours.

Sri Lanka posted 299/5 in 103 overs, the highest total by a visiting team in the fourth inningd in India. Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets for 81 runs.

India still won the series by 1-0. It’s their ninth consecutive Test series win, equalling Australia and England’s streak.

 

Brief scores:

India 536/7d and 246/5d

Sri Lanka 373 and 299/5 in 103 overs (Dhananjaya 119*, Roshen 74*; Jadeja 3/81, Shami 1/50)

Match drawn

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli (243 and 50)

Man of the Series: Virat Kohli (610 runs)

 

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com