Excellent batting from Dhananjaya De Silva and Roshen Silva in the second innings saved Sri Lanka and almost gave them a hint of a chance in the 3rd Test against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. However, India won the three-match series 1-0.
The match was interrupted a couple of times because of the bad air quality in Delhi. Several Sri Lankan players were forced to walk out of the field, especially in the first innings when India went on to score 536 for 7. Virat Kohli made 243 and Murali Vijay was dismissed for 155.
In response, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal’s resistance led Sri Lanka to 373. Mathews made 111 but Chandimal ran out of partners and was dismissed for 164 in 361 deliveries.
India extended their lead to over 400 on Day 4 declaring the innings at 246 for 5. Dhawan, Kohli and Rohit Sharma contributed with half centuries.
Chasing a score of over 400, Sri Lanka were 3 down for 30 and Angelo Mathews was dismissed off a no-ball. Dhananjaya De Silva’s 119 and Roshen Silva’s unbeaten 74 had Sri Lanka 111 runs short of victory as play came to a close short while ago.
Dhananjaya De Silva retired hurt but Roshen’s gutsy knock with the ever so cheeky Niroshan Dickwella by his side did Sri Lanka a great deal of good in their conquest to save the smog affected test.
“I was under pressure, but I wanted to impress the selectors. I thought if we’re going to stick around without playing shots, we can’t score. They are a quality bowling attack, so I thought we should play shots against Jadeja and Ashwin. I told Dickwella and Dhananjaya that we should play our normal game and get some runs. It wasn’t easy. Our batting coach said, ‘if you can score runs here, the whole world will know you can score runs.’ I think I grabbed my chance, hopefully I can do well in the future as well,” said the debutant Roshen Silva during his post match interview.
Virat Kohli was adjudged player of the match and player of the series. Sri Lanka will take on India in the first one day international at Dharmshala on December 10.
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