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India Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (Test)

3rd Test | 02 December, 2017 | Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

299 / 5 Overs103.0 R/R2.90 Fours35 Sixes1 Extras7

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: India drew with Sri Lanka

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Roshen Silva 74 154 11 0
Niroshan Dickwella (W) Batting 44 72 6 0
  • So that's it from us for the Test series. Sri Lanka would be glad with the final 1-0 result, especially after being whitewashed at home by India earlier this year. All the pre-series talks, too, revolved around the hosts steamrolling them. But they have done really well to lose just the solitary game in the series. That's not all from this Sri Lankan tour, though. It is time for the colored-clothing games to take precedent now. The ODI series begins first. Will the tourists put up a good show then? Or will the home side continue their recent domination on the away side? The first game of the series will be played at Dharmashala on the 10th of December, 2017. Join us then at 1130 local time (0600 GMT). We look forward to your company for that game. Till then, adios, take care!
  • VIRAT KOHLI, the Indian captain is adjudged as the Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series for his stellar run in the tournament. He admits that it was a good series for him personally. Adds that he was hitting the ball well and it was a revelation for him that he could play Tests like he does in the limited overs games. When he wasn't the captain of the side, milestones drove him, but now he realizes that it is about the team. He works on things that benefit the team. States that the team looks upon Rohit Sharma as a game changer and someone who can bat in the lower middle order. Is glad that the batsman grabbed his chance in the couple of games that he played in. He is happy with how his batsmen have shaped up and have scored runs. It isn't a satisfying feeling to not bowl out the opposition and finish the game, he adds. Yet he credits the opposition and feels that their batters applied themselves well and sailed to safety. Feels that the pitch also had its role there as it got tired towards the end. Reckons that if they would have got more runs in the first innings things could have been different but quickly adds that this game isn't about ifs. Asserts they need to work on their slip fielding. About not having Rahane in the slip cordon, he feels that since Ajinkya has been fielding at gully since his initial days, the team trusts him there. Adds that position is the most difficult one to perfect your reflexes. Mentions that they have recognized the personnel who will man the slip cordon and will continue to work on that. Feels that it is a welcome break for him. Adds that last time he took rest it was difficult to handle but now his body needs it as the past couple of years have taken a toll on him and he can't play with low energy levels. Ends saying this is a perfect time to rest and be refreshed before the series against South Africa.
  • DINESH CHANDIMAL, the Sri Lankan skipper, says it was a really good series apart from the second game where they didn't do well. Adds that they learnt lessons from the last series and did well here. Lauds his team management and players for their contribution. He states that the entire side looks up to Rangana Herath and Angelo Mathews and when the either of them does well, the team generally fares well. Credits Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva to have battled out through tough conditions. Adds that Niroshan Dickwella played well too. He asserts that before coming on this tour, he worked hard on his technique with his batting coach and is happy that it paid off. Reckons in Sri Lanka they aren't used to such pollution and hence they struggled on the first two days here. But his message to the team was to forget about that and play the game. Adds that the weather today is a fantastic one and it feels like it is back home. Evokes cheers from the crowd as he thanks them for their support. Ends by wishing India the best for the South African tour.
  • Well, this wasn't the presentation. It was Sanjay Manjrekar catching up with the last Sri Lankan pair that was at the crease at the time of the match being called off. Presentation coming up...
  • Roshen Silva agrees that he was under pressure in the first innings. His aim was to impress the selectors and he thinks he has done that. Adds that the opposition bowlers were tough to face and are of good quality. His thought process was of attacking the spinners and putting them on the back foot. He had a talk with Dickwella when the latter walked out to bat and decided that they will play their normal game. About coming good in this innings, he states that it wasn't easy and their batting coach said that if you score runs here the whole world will rate you high. He was confident of his performance as he had done well with the A team and also in First-Class cricket. Ends saying that he wants to do well henceforth and grab his chances.
  • Niroshan Dickwella says that there was a rough available for Jadeja to bowl at and Ashwin was bowling well. States that he was playing his normal game. On asking about the batters' intent, he mentions that they were planning to chase this down if they would have got partnerships. Asserts that Dhananjaya de Silva's injury didn't help their cause. Adds further that if the batsman hadn't been injured, they would have still gone for the target. Opines that it wasn't a Day 5 track as there was a flat patch in the middle although rough patches were there outside the stumps towards the corner of the surface.
  • So were India a little too over confident after the loss of two early wickets the previous day? Having bowled out oppositions on previous occasions many a times when being in this position. On another given day they would have wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings by Tea but some solid defense by the latter's saved the match.
  • The pitch didn't help the Indian spinners on the final day as they didn't get much purchase from it. They picked up the wicket of Mathews early but Dhananjaya de Silva and his middle order stitched up good partnerships to remove all doubts about another collapse. Indian bowlers tried their best but were unable to get the better of the Sri Lankan batters. They had their opportunists with a stumping gone begging and Jadeja's extended stride which caused a no ball.
  • Sri Lanka played well especially the partnership between Angelo Mathews and their skipper Dinesh Chandimal. It never changed the tide towards them but psychologically really helped their approach. India came out with a positive approach in the following day but it really didn't click. They didn't score as quickly as per their liking and declared their innings giving Sri Lanka a target of 409 to win. India picked up three wickets at the close of day 4 and really had the belief that they could go all the way to win the game from there.
  • Day 1 belonged to India where we witnessed a big hundred from Vijay and a double hundred from Virat Kohli. India went on to score a massive 536/7 after what we can say was a absurd decision - not because of the playing conditions but because of the environmental conditions. The Sri Lankan players were seen wearing masks while taking the field while few of them were also seen throwing up on the field. Day 2 was a little more media catching for the wrong reasons.
  • Sri Lanka would be very pleased with their batting on the last day. They will believe that they have won the game even though the results doesn't say likewise. Starting with Dhananjaya de Silva, they had the confidence in themselves and carried on throughout the day.
  • Dickwella walks down to the non-striker's end. It at first seems that it is some sort of time wasting tactic. Well, hold on! The batsmen are asking the dressing room about calling off the game... And the signal from the dressing room comes in as affirmative! So it has ended in a DRAW! A moral victory for Sri Lanka nevertheless.
  • 102.6No, it won't be a maiden! Dickwella punches it through covers for a single.
  • 102.5Dickwella blocks it from the crease.
  • BindaasBunty - Maybe bad light could be the reason behind Shami not being brought into the attack. @BindaasBunty - If that is the case, the match would rather be called off than carrying on for no reason.
  • 102.4Swept away towards square leg.
  • 102.3Ashwin bowls it outside off, Dickwella slashes it aerially towards point. Shouts of catch it follow.
  • 102.2ND has played it to the point region
  • 102.1Dickwella tries to sweep yet again but misses.
  • 101.6Silva comes down the track and blocks. 298/5
  • 101.5Just outside off, Silva goes back and guides it deftly towards backward point.
  • 101.4Darted in at 89kmph, Silva pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 101.3Flatter around middle, bunted on to the ground.
  • 101.2Some flight on that one, Niroshan plays it with the angle through mid-wicket for one.
  • 101.1Served around off, defended watchfully from the crease.
  • 100.6Roshen Silva gets back and flicks it off his pads. 297/5
  • 100.5The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects.
  • 100.4And again! Dickwella should be careful while playing the sweep repeatedly. Seeing this delivery around off, he gets down to play that shot. Gets a top edge and the ball falls in the vacant square leg region. One run for that.
  • 100.3Flicked towards the man at fine leg for a single.
  • 100.2This delivery is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 100.1Floated around off, blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 99.6This one spins in from the rough outside off. Dickwella stays back to cut but misses. 295/5
  • 99.5Flighted ball outside off, the ball spins in just a bit. Dickwella offers his front pad to that.
  • 99.4Niroshan gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 99.3There he misses the sweep shot. Landed outside off, Dickwella gets down for the shot but misses.
  • 99.2This delivery is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 99.1Floated around off, swept towards square leg.
  • A backward short leg, deep square leg and a mid-wicket in place apart from the leg gully.
  • 98.6Another solid front foot defense presented to this delivery on the stumps. 293/5
  • 98.5On the pads, flicked towards square leg.
  • 98.4Tossed up around middle, buried into the ground from the crease.
  • 98.3Roshen looks solid in defense as he negotiates this one.
  • 98.2Floated around off, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 98.1Silva presents a straight bat face as he keeps it out watchfully.
  • 97.6Silva comes down the track and eases this down to long on for one. 293/5
  • 97.5There's the misbehavior! Flatter outside off, the ball doesn't get up. Silva gets an inside edge onto his pads as he looks to keep it out.
  • 97.4Roshen charges down to block this one.
  • 97.3Dickwella is dependent on the sweeps for his runs in the last couple of overs. Could get him in trouble if the ball misbehaves. Gets a run this time towards deep square leg.
  • 97.2Picks up a single by driving it through covers.
  • 97.1Looped up outside off, Silva covers his stumps and lets it be.
  • 96.6ND sweeps it to short fine leg. 290/5
  • 96.5Flatter on the pads, turned through backward square leg for one.
  • 96.4Dickwella plays the sweep shot yet again for another single.
  • 96.3Fuller in length, Dickwella drives it to covers.
  • 96.2Outside off, Dickwella leaves it alone.
  • 96.1Straight ball, no turn for Ashwin. Dickwella stonewalls it.
  • Another kite falls on the ground. It has been taken away and play is set to resume again.
  • 95.6Silva comes down, takes it on the full and pushes it towards mid on. 288/5
  • 95.5Dickwella gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 95.4Punched through covers for a single.
  • 95.3Pushed towards mid on.
  • 95.2This ball is driven towards covers.
  • 95.1Tosses it up around off, blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • Drinks time. Last hour of the day coming up. Technically, 11 overs are left but seems that we will have a few more overs in at the over rate the home side is going. Moreover, light looks much better today. Less chances of bad light coming into play today. India need five wickets while Sri Lanka need 134 runs for a victory. It is a far-fetched sight if the visitors are eyeing a win but it does make the contest an exciting one. If Saha had stumped Dickwella, the pressure might have made the lower order crumble. A quick wicket might see yet another batting collapse from the Sri Lankans. However, the body language from the Indians looks bland.
  • 94.6Silva hangs back and works it to deep mid-wicket for a run. 286/5
  • 94.5The batsman drives this through the covers. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 94.4Hangs deep in the crease and dabs it to point.
  • A bit of cat and mouse game going on at the moment. When the left-hander is on strike, Virat Kohli is smartly moving the field back on the off side. He is telling him to play against the spin which is always a difficult thing to do on a deteriorating pitch. While the field is being moved in when Roshen Silva is on strike.
  • 94.3In line of the stumps, tucked to the same region.
  • 94.2Flatter this time, turned to mid-wicket.
  • 94.1The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 93.6Fullish delivery outside off, Dickwella yet again goes for the sweep but again misses. 283/5
  • 93.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 93.4Looks to play an attacking sweep but misses again.
  • 93.3The roughs have opened up. Quick delivery outside off, turns and bounces in viciously. Dickwella is surprised and tries to fend it off but takes it on the gloves.
  • 93.2Hangs back and dabs it with an open bat face to point.
  • 93.1Full delivery outside off, Dickwella goes for another fancy shot, the paddle sweep but gets beaten. That was close to the off stump.
  • 92.6FOUR! Ashwin is getting punished bowling at this length. Short again and Silva rocks back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. 283/5
  • 92.5Quick through the air, fullish length, Silva pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 92.4Picks it up on the full and sweeps it to fine leg for a run.
  • 92.3Short again, Dickwella pulls it in front of square to pick up a brace.
  • 92.2Tossed up, Dickwella drives it to mid on for nothing.
  • 92.1A bit shorter from Ashwin, Silva punches it to point for a run.
  • 91.6STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Can well turn out to be very costly. Big moment in the game! Jadeja bowls this at 90 kph outside off and it is on a fullish length. Dickwella misjudges it perhaps and skips down the track. Almost ends up yorking himself and misses it. Saha tries to collect it but fails to do so. That gives enough time to the southpaw to get back in the crease. Rare miss from Saha but he has done it at a very crucial moment. 275/5
  • Deepish mid off in place now. Meanwhile, Vijay adjusts the grip of Dickwella's bat. Good gesture shown from him.
  • 91.5Tossed up outside off, eased to long off for a single.
  • 91.4Outside off, left alone.
  • 91.3Again uses his feet and looks to block it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 91.2FOUR! Easy pickings! Short and wide outside off, Silva rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 91.1Silva uses his feet and hence Jadeja fires it in. Silva fails to defend it and takes it on the pads.
  • 90.6FOUR! Dickwella continues to live dangerously and is getting away with it as well. Tossed up around off, the southpaw crouches and goes for a slog sweep but his bottom hand comes off. Ends up mistiming it aerially towards short fine leg. Pujara runs to his right, puts in the dive but the ball evades him and runs through to the fence behind. 270/5
  • 90.5Quick and flat, blocked watchfully of the back foot.
  • 90.4The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Leg gully in place now.
  • 90.3Slower through the air on off, Silva flicks it through the vacant leg gully region for a couple. Wonder why India do not have more close-in fielders.
  • 90.2Fullish delivery on off, Dickwella taps it towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 90.1Spinning in at a quick pace, turned with the spin through mid-wicket for an easy run.
  • RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN to bowl with Jadeja from the other end.
  • 89.6Quick and flat on off, kept out. 261/5
  • 89.5Risky! Floated outside off, Dickwella kneels and goes for the sweep but misses. That was not far from the off pole.
  • 89.4Uses his feet to this one and stonewalls it.
  • Virat Kohli has got hold of a kite. Not sure where it has come from but the skipper is having fun with it. The crowd enjoys it. Kohli hands it back to the umpire.
  • 89.3Good running! Silva plays this one with soft hands to extra cover and sets off. Sharma comes in quickly and throws it back to the keeper but by that time, Dickwella makes it crease.
  • 89.2Loopy delivery on a fullish length, Silva eases it to silly point.
  • 89.1Fullish delivery on off, Silva prods forward in defense.
  • 88.6Slower ball, Ishant trying all the tricks in his bag. Dickwella drives this one to covers for nothing. 260/5
  • 88.5A touch fuller, Dickwella drives it to mid off.
  • 88.4Defended off the back foot by Dickwella.
  • 88.3Silva drives it to covers to rotate strike.
  • 88.2Over the wicket to the right-hander, shouldered arms to by Silva.
  • 88.1Round the wicket, length ball, nipping back and Dickwella nudges it to wide fine leg for a run.
  • 87.6Quicker through the air outside off, Roshen makes a watchful leave. 258/5
  • 87.5That one gripped! Floated around off, Silva prods forward to defend but the ball turns away sharply to beat him all ends up.
  • 87.4On a flatter trajectory outside off, Roshen doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 87.3FOUR! Maiden Test fifty for Roshen Silva on debut! The 50-run stand is up as well. After a duck in the first innings, he would have been feeling nervy when he came out to bat this time, considering the situation of the game. This stroke to reach his fifty sums up his confident knock and showcases the fact that this young man has got a strong temperament. Skips down the track to the tossed up delivery and creams it through covers for an exquisite boundary. Still, he can't afford to relax and needs to continue with the same approach. There is a game to be saved.
  • 87.2Quick and flat outside off, left alone.
  • 87.1FOUR! The debutant is growing in confidence. Coming in with the arm around off, Silva is nimble on feet and clips it through the gap between mid on and short mid-wicket. Both the fielders, Ashwin at the former position and Pujara at the latter, give up the chase too quickly as the ball rolls to the ropes. Jadeja is not amused one bit.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA to replace Mohammed Shami.
  • 86.6Length delivery outside off, Dickwella shuffles a touch and blocks it solidly towards covers. 250/5
  • 86.5Back of a length ball around off, Niroshan checks his stroke a bit and it goes uppishly towards mid-wicket.
  • 86.4The whole of Kotla erupts! It is Ashwin who has been successful with his dive. Short of a length delivery wide outside off, Silva places it towards point. Ashwin runs to his right, puts in a swimming pool dive and stops it cleanly. Ravi Shastri and Umesh Yadav are cheering for him from the dressing room.
  • 86.3Bouncer on middle and leg, Silva ducks under it to evade it.
  • 86.2Poor Ashwin! He has been at sea in the field. Back of a length delivery well outside off, Silva taps it with an open bat face towards Ash at backward point. He moves to his left and stops the ball but doesn't know where it is. Picks it up in the end.
  • 86.1On a fullish length outside off, continuing to hold its line. Roshen lets it go.
  • Leg gully in place now.
  • 85.6Brilliantly bowled! That could have well gone past Silva's defense. Fuller in length around off, swinging in prodigiously. The right-hander tries to block it tentatively but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and a run is taken. 249/5
  • 85.5Length delivery on off, tapped with soft hands to mid on.
  • 85.4No matter what, Dickwella will continue to play his natural game. Shami changes his angle and comes from over the wicket. Bowls it wide outside off, Dickwella leans into it and caresses it to deep point for a single.
  • 85.3FOUR! Nice execution. Turns out to be a safe shot in the end. Shami tries to unsettle Dickwella with a short delivery. However, the southpaw remains cool as a cucumber and ramps it over the slip cordon for a one-bounce boundary. The wicket-keeper is enjoying the situation at present.
  • 85.2Good length delivery well outside off, angling in. Dickwella plants his front foot across and makes a good leave.
  • 85.1Shami runs in from around the wicket to the southpaw and bangs it around the rib-cage area of the batsman. Dickwella tries to tuck it fine but misses. Saha moves to his right to collect it.
  • 84.6Wide outside off, Silva doesn't bother playing at it. 243/5
  • 84.5Length ball outside off, defended solidly from Silva.
  • 84.4The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 84.3Ohhh!!! The cheering crowd thought they got their man. Back of a length ball nips back in to Silva. He tries to flick it but misses the ball and it hits him on his thigh pad. The slip cordon yells in unison but height is a concern. Maybe also sliding down leg as well. Ishant didn't look interested there.
  • 84.2Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • Virat Kohli eggs the crowd to cheer for them. The Feroz Shah Kotla is buzzing right now. The Indians needs their backing if they are to break the resistance of the visitors.
  • 84.1Perfect length ball to bowl with the new ball. Silva pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 83.6Short of a length delivery on the hips, Silva hops and turns it around the corner for a run. 243/5
  • 83.5In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 83.4Uppish but safe! Short delivery, Dickwella goes for a pull but isn't in total control of that. Thankfully for him, the ball lands well in front of the fielder at deep square leg.
  • 83.3FOUR! Lucky runs! Back of a length delivery outside off, Dickwella looks to force it through covers but gets a thick outside edge in the gap between second slip and gully and the ball races away to the fence. Dickwella is riding his luck but that is the way he plays. Nothing working for India at the moment.
  • 83.2Good length delivery around off, shaping away a touch. Silva allows the ball to come to him and places it towards point for a single.
  • 83.1Shami steams in from over the wicket and bangs in a bouncer around off, seaming away after hitting the deck. Silva remains circumspect in approach and drops his wrists to let it go.
  • 82.6A touch fuller. Silva strides forward and flicks it through square leg to pick up a single. 236/5
  • 82.5FOUR BYES! Welcome runs for Sri Lanka even though runs don't matter for them. This ball is bowled down leg, Silva tries to flick it but misses it. The ball swings away further after passing the batsman. Saha dives but fails to get a hand to it and it goes for a boundary.
  • 82.4Short of a length, Dickwella cuts it to point for a run.
  • 82.3Outside off, Dickwella decides to leave it but is late in doing it. The ball hits the bottom of the bat and dies onto the ground.
  • 82.2Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 82.1FOUR! Not in control but will take that as a snack after tea. Ishant bowls this wide outside off at a fuller length. The ball swings away. Dickwella tries to drive it but gets a thick outside edge to it and the ball flies to the vacant third man region for a boundary.
  • ISHANT SHARMA to continue his spell.
  • 81.6Full length delivery around off, shaping away substantially. Roshen points his bat skywards and leaves it safely. Shami bags another maiden to his name. 226/5
  • 81.5Full length delivery, attacking the stumps. Roshen puts a confident stride forward and eases it to mid off.
  • 81.4Bouncer but it is not that well-directed. Outside off, Silva drops wrists to allow it through.
  • 81.3Well bowled! In the zone of apprehension and on a good length, nips away after pitching. Roshen knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave.
  • 81.2Length delivery around off, Silva comes forward and defends it solidly towards covers.
  • 81.1That's a nasty delivery first up after tea. That will get the debutant thinking. Short delivery on middle, shoots off the pitch. Silva rises on his toes to counter it but gets hit on the glove of the bottom hand.
  • The Sri Lankan pair of NIROSHAN DICKWELLA and ROSHEN SILVA walk out to the middle. The umpires and the Indian team are also out. MOHAMMED SHAMI is given the new ball that is one over old. A minimum of 25 overs to play. Will the Lankan resistance continue? Will the Indians break that and carry on with the usual story? Let's find out...
  • ... Final Day, Final Session ...
  • What did India do? Almost everything possible. Ashwin and Jadeja bowled more overs in a bid to have more balls to get a dismissal. They handed an over each to Vijay and Kohli. They tried changing the pacers' ends and used them in short spells. Finally they have taken the second new ball. This forthcoming passage of play should be interesting. Will the hosts succeed in their mission to win 2-0 with this second new cherry? Join us as the action unravels in just a bit.
  • The youngster wasn't in the side in the first couple of games and here he is, playing a match-saving knock. The job's not done though but his innings has his side just one session away from salvaging a draw which very few would have given them a chance of. It was a chanceless knock till the time Ashwin spilled a hard caught-and-bowled chance. He walked out eventually after what we believe is a muscle-pull.
  • Wonderful closely contested session! This is what we would have loved to watch the entire series - decent performance from Sri Lanka. Once again it is a passage of play where they haven't lost wickets in clusters and as the batsmen are spending time at the crease, the confidence is getting high along with the runs that flow. This innings so far has belonged to Dhananjaya de Silva.
  • 80.6A big appeal, turned down! India thought they have their man but have to wait. Sharma lands it on a length around off. Dickwella misses the ball and wears it on the thigh pad. Indians appeal to no avail. Height the factor definitely. India don't opt for the review, rightly. That's TEA, FINAL DAY! 226/5
  • 80.5Harmless delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 80.4Another ball outside off, Dickwella thinks of playing it first but eventually lets it go.
  • 80.3Sharma comes round the wicket and lands it outside off. ND lets the ball go through to the keeper.
  • 80.2Fuller outside off, left alone.
  • 80.1FOUR! What a wonderful looking shot that! There are times as a fielder wherein you have to take the quick decision in a split second as to whether to dive or chase the ball. This was one such instance. Vijay the man in question. Ishant begins with a fuller length ball outside off, Dickwella gets a stride out and drives it through wide mid off. It came right off the middle of the bat. Vijay rushes to his right and could have saved it with a dive. But he opts for chasing it and comes second best. A boundary results which pleases neither the bowler nor the captain.
  • The second new ball is due and taken straightaway! Wickets are all that India want and they think the new ball will bring them. ISHANT SHARMA will run in with it first up.
  • 79.6There's that sharp purchase off the deck! Lands it just outside off, Silva comes forward to block. The ball spits off the surface and lands in the keeper's gloves. 222/5
  • 79.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 79.4Silva hangs in the crease and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 79.3Blocked off the front foot and onto the ground.
  • 79.2Around off, pushed towards covers.
  • 79.1FOUR! Oh Ashwin! How does he manage to put up a show of such (bad) fielding efforts game after game? Silva charges down and turns it past mid on. Ashwin runs to his right and dives, but lets the ball through him. The ball's next destination is the fence. Neither Jadeja nor Kohli is impressed.
  • The artificial lights are starting to take effect.
  • 78.6This ball is slog swept through mid-wicket for a brace. 218/5
  • 78.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Rahane is helping out Dickwella, who's chain seems to have some issue.
  • 78.4Nudged down to fine leg for a single.
  • 78.3This ball is flicked away through mid on for a single.
  • 78.2The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot.
  • 78.1FOUR! This is what Dickwella can do. Even though he was dismissed by Ashwin in the first innings, he won't let the bowler have the rhythm against him. Flighted ball around off, Niroshan gets down and sweeps it powerfully in front of square on the leg side and gets a boundary. Gets going with this.
  • 77.6The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 210/5
  • 77.5Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 77.4The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it.
  • 77.3FOUR! This is what spending time in the middle can do. Jadeja loops it up around off, Silva charges down and drives it crisply through covers for a boundary.
  • 77.2Silva stays back and keeps it out.
  • 77.1Landed around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA is brought back.
  • 76.6This one is blocked towards silly point. 206/5
  • 76.5Dickwella goes back and punches it towards cover-point.
  • 76.4The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 76.3Floated outside off, ND blocks it off his front foot.
  • 76.2Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 76.1Floated around middle, turned away through square leg for a single.
  • RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN back into the attack. Probably this has something to do with Dickwella at the crease now. India sense an opening.
  • Oh dear! This is not looking good for Sri Lanka. Dhananjaya de Silva is walking out after that injury is seen hampering him as well as his partner. Roshen Silva had to take into account his partner's struggles and that was a problem, opine the on-air commentators. NIROSHAN DICKWELLA is seen walking out to bat next.
  • 75.6On the pads, flicked towards square leg. 205/5
  • 75.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 75.4Defended off the front foot solidly.
  • 75.3Flicked away off his pads for a single.
  • 75.2Driven towards mid on.
  • 75.1Almost strikes! Kohli bowls a yorker just outside off, Silva manages to get his bat down in time. Ends up jamming it over the keeper's head.
  • Huge cheers across the ground as VIRAT KOHLI has brought himself on for a bowl. Can he be the man with the golden arm? Remember, he is going through a purple patch with the bat. Can he translate it to his bowling?
  • 74.6Kept out watchfully from the crease. 204/5
  • 74.5Risky run, considering that Dhananjaya is struggling. Roshen turns it towards mid on and sets off for a run. De Silva is late to take off and has to hurry eventually to beat Rohit's throw from the position.
  • 74.4Another flick off the pads finds the fielder there.
  • 74.3De Silva flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 74.2Now the cap is gone from Vijay's head. This ball is flicked away past short leg for a single.
  • 74.1Flatter on the pads, flicked away towards short fine leg.
  • Guess what! MURALI VIJAY, with one Test scalp to his name, has been called in to bowl. Moeen Ali is his victim. Interestingly, he is bowling with his cap on.
  • 73.6The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 201/5
  • 73.5This ball is cut away towards point.
  • 73.4A forward defense on display here.
  • 73.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Jadeja on Day 5 in Test matches has bowled in 16 innings for his 22 wickets. His average is 16.8 in such cases. Today, he has picked up just a scalp, notwithstanding the one that was overturned due to overstepping. Maybe the pitch plays a major part in his success but he has continued to trouble the batsmen even today. Numbers don't lie, do they?
  • 73.2FOUR! Dhananjaya has been doing this throughout his outing. Uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and hits it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 73.1Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 72.6The batsman works it down the leg side. 197/5
  • 72.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Sunil Gavaskar on air reckons that de Silva might have pulled a muscle. That is much more than cramps, which we thought.
  • 72.4This ball is worked away off his pads for a run to raise the 50-run stand. The debutant has looked good in the company of Dhananjaya.
  • 72.3Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 72.2Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 72.1Negotiated off the back foot safely.
  • The physio has run more than some of the Sri Lankan batters have done for their runs! Has come on again for de Silva who looks uncomfortable.
  • 71.6De Silva is really struggling. He plays it through backward point and as he takes off for the run, feels the pain. Completes the run though. 196/5
  • 71.5Driven through mid on for a single.
  • 71.4The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 71.3De Silva comes down and hits it towards long on for a run.
  • 71.2De Silva blocks it off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 71.1The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 70.6Turned towards mid-wicket. 193/5
  • 70.5The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 70.4FOUR! Well played. Now Roshen Silva is growing in confidence and taking cue from how his partner is playing. Ashwin lands it on a shorter length outside off, Silva goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary. Ashwin kicks the surface in anger as he knows this isn't one of the better balls that he has delivered.
  • 70.3FOUR! Not good from Ashwin. Bowls it on the pads and all Silva has to do is get some bat to that. He does so and nudges it off his pads and collects a boundary towards fine leg.
  • 70.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 70.1De Silva pats it through covers and takes an easy single on offer.
  • 69.6Clipped towards mid-wicket. 184/5
  • 69.5Brilliant! Jadeja changes his angle and goes round the wicket. Lands it around off, Silva prods forward in defense. The ball spins past the outside edge of the bat.
  • 69.4FOUR! Roshen Silva looks uncomfortable with the over the wicket angle from Jadeja. Looks fidgety and this time he should be relieved to score. Sprayed down leg, Silva gets down and sweeps it fine. The ball goes to the fine leg fence.
  • 69.3Silva sweeps it towards square leg.
  • 69.2Similar delivery flicked past short leg.
  • 69.1Jadeja comes over the wicket and lands it on the pads, flicked round the corner.
  • 68.6Flicked through mid-wicket for one to retain strike. 180/5
  • 68.5Dhananjaya goes back to flick but the ball goes off his pad towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 68.4De Silva stays in the crease and blocks.
  • 68.3The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.2DROPPED! The ones that come quickly to you are difficult ones but this wasn't as tough. Ashwin loops it up around middle, Dhananjaya charges down and hits it straight back. It flies to the right of the bowler, who is a tad late in reacting and spills the chance. Will this prove costly?
  • 68.1The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 67.6Flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. 178/5
  • 67.5Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 67.4Silva fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad.
  • 67.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 67.2Served around off and middle, defended watchfully.
  • 67.1Landed around off, blocked from the crease.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA is back on.
  • 66.6Dances down the track and blocks. 176/5
  • 66.5De Silva stays deep in the crease and deftly guides it past slip and collects a brace.
  • 66.4The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 66.3FOUR! Much better! Floated around middle and leg, de Silva gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 66.2What's that? The air of reaching a 100 getting to him? All throughout he has negotiated the spin well and this time doesn't really look good. Tossed up delivery around leg, it spins further into the batsman. De Silva goes back to defend it awkwardly and wears it low on the pads.
  • 66.1A touch shorter around off from Ashwin, punched off the back foot through covers by de Silva. Gets a brace.
  • 65.6Silva gets forward and defends it off the front foot. 168/5
  • 65.5Around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 65.4Classy, clever, confident - the three words that will describe this knock from Dhananjaya de Silva. He gets to his 3rd TEST CENTURY and soaks in all the applause that he gets. He walked in to bat late last evening when Shami was steaming in, in all his glory. Got through that phase and also the spinners then. Now here he is, celebrating a deserving hundred. He punches this length ball through covers. Before Rahane does the mopping, the batsmen get three. Even Rohit Sharma gives him a pat on his back. Well played. But there's still a job to be done - save the game. Remember, he has been struggling with his body, cramps perhaps.
  • 65.3What a delivery to get on 99! Something that de Silva won't like. Shami bangs a sharp bouncer on the stumps, the batsman has to take evasive action in a hurry. Sways back and lets the ball pass.
  • 65.2Dhananjaya moves to 99 with this flick. Gets it through backward square leg and the fielder from fine leg runs to his left. Dives and stops the ball from crossing over and keeps it down to two.
  • 65.1Shami is bowling it a touch fuller in search of reverse swing. De Silva plays this well as he drives it to mid off.
  • Time for Drinks. It has been an absorbing passage of play so far. India will be pleased to see the back of the Sri Lankan skipper who could have proved to be a thorn in the flesh for them. However, Dhananjaya de Silva is still out there and is only three short of a majestic ton. He is the mainstay for Sri Lanka and needs to stay till the end if the visitors are to save the game.
  • 64.6Quick and flat delivery at 96 kph outside off, Silva comes forward initially but adjusts well as the length is on the shorter side. Goes back and answers it with a straight bat. 163/5
  • 64.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 64.4Hangs deep in the crease and plays it with the spin to backward point. Wants a run but is rightly sent back.
  • 64.3Comes right forward to this one and blocks it right under his eyes.
  • 64.2Uses his feet to this one and plays it with soft hands to mid off.
  • 64.1Short delivery, played with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • Change of ends for RAVINDRA JADEJA.
  • 63.6Shami searches for reverse swing again but ends up bowling a low full toss. Dhananjaya eases it to mid on again. Maiden for Shami. 163/5
  • 63.5Swinging in prodigiously, pushed off the front foot to mid on.
  • 63.4Loose shot! Fullish delivery outside off, some reverse swing on that. De Silva chases it away from the body and gets beaten.
  • 63.3Angling into de Silva who works it nicely towards mid-wicket.
  • 63.2Slips this one down the leg side and de Silva misses his flick.
  • 63.1Back of a length delivery around off, de Silva hangs back and blocks it to the off side.
  • 62.6The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 163/5
  • 62.5Silva strides forward and defends it towards short leg.
  • 62.4Pushed towards wide mid off as Ishant moves to his left to keep it to a single.
  • 62.3Hangs back to the flatter delivery and keeps it out.
  • 62.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.1FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Sri Lanka! Short delivery outside off, de Silva punches it nicely past Ishant Sharma. The tall man gives it a chase but comes second best.
  • 61.6FOUR! Great timing! Full delivery on middle and leg, Roshen Silva strides forward and strokes it past mid on for a glorious boundary. 158/5
  • 61.5Wide around off, Silva prods forward in defense.
  • 61.4Outside leg stump, Silva tries to defend it but is hit on the pads.
  • 61.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.2Shortish delivery outside off, doesn't rise much. An easy leave for Roshen.
  • 61.1Back of a length delivery around off, de Silva hangs back and taps it through backward point for a run.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is being paid a lot of attention by the medical staff. He is absolutely vital for Sri Lanka. This can be the turning point of his career if he can score a big ton. He gets his arm guard on now as MOHAMMED SHAMI returns for a bowl. A catching silly mid off and silly mid on in place.
  • 60.6Flighted delivery around off, Silva stonewalls it. 153/5
  • 60.5Slow through the air, Silva prods forward in defense.
  • 60.4Tossed up delivery, blocked watchfully.
  • 60.3Helps this through fine leg for a couple.
  • 60.2The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 60.1Risky! The youngster needs to be careful. You need to put more value on your wicket. Fullish delivery around off, Silva goes for a reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge that rolls towards short leg.
  • 59.6Around off, blocked watchfully. 152/5
  • 59.5Prods forward to the flatter delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 59.4Confusion but no harm done! Pressure makes you do funny things. Uses his feet and plays it to mid off. Wants the single but is rightly sent back.
  • 59.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.2Helped with the angle to the leg side.
  • 59.1Coming in with the arm, kept out watchfully.
  • 58.6Silva comes forward and smothers the turn nicely. 152/5
  • 58.5Helped around the corner for a run.
  • 58.4Clipped to mid-wicket this time.
  • 58.3Terrific fielding! Punched crisply towards covers where Jadeja moves to his right and slides to save certain runs. He is the quickest Indian across the turf.
  • 58.2Defended with the spin to short leg.
  • 58.1Spinning in sharply, Silva tries to defend it but is hit on the pads. A casual query from the fielders is turned down. That was going down leg.
  • The physio is seen running out yet again to tend to de Silva.
  • 57.6Stays back to this one and blocks it. 151/5
  • 57.5The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 57.4Defended nicely by coming forward.
  • 57.3Spinning away and it goes past Silva's bat.
  • 57.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.1Turned to mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 56.6Prods forward and blocks it. 151/5
  • 56.5The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.4FOUR! Streaky runs but Silva avoids the pair! Around leg stump, Silva gets a tickle on it and it goes through the gap between the keeper and leg slip for a boundary.
  • 56.3Shortish this time, blocked watchfully.
  • 56.2Turns this one towards mid-wicket.
  • 56.1The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 55.6Plays this one to point. 147/5
  • 55.5Driven towards mid off.
  • 55.4So close! Quick through the air, de Silva looks to defend but is beaten by the sharp turn.
  • 55.3Comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 55.2Slow through the air, de Silva is solid in his defense.
  • 55.1Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Dhananjaya calls out the physio again. He does his stretching again and has a look of anguish on his face. Meanwhile, the debutant, Roshen Silva comes out to bat. He was dismissed by Ashwin for a duck in the first innings. Can he stick through the tough times?
  • 54.6OUT! Bowled 'em! The big fish departs. Big, big breakthrough for India. Chandimal has been the best batsman for Sri Lanka in this series and getting his wicket is a morale victory for India. Ashwin gets his first wicket of this innings and he is absolutely elated! Coming back to the delivery, he comes from over the wicket for the first time in this over and gets success on the very first delivery. He bowls this one slower through the air well outside off. Chandimal skips down the track and tries to whip it to the leg side but misses it completely. The sharp spin on the ball makes it go through the gap between his bat and pad and hit the stumps. The brilliant 112-run stand comes to an end. Is that the opening India need? 147/5
  • 54.5Turn and bounce! On off, spinning away sharply. Silva comes forward to defend but is beaten all ends up. A rare fumble from Saha as well which allows the batsmen to run a bye.
  • 54.4Slow through the air, Dhananjaya prods forward in defense.
  • 54.3Hangs deep in the crease and turns it in front of square leg for a couple.
  • 54.2Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 54.1De Silva comes down the track and decides to block it.
  • Out comes the physio to attend to Dhananjaya de Silva. Looks uncomfortable at the moment. Sri Lanka will want him fit as he is playing a brilliant knock. The magic spray is applied. He is fine to continue.
  • 53.6Pushed with the spin to covers. 144/4
  • 53.5Fullish delivery, eased to mid off.
  • 53.4Uses his feet to this one and smothers it down the track.
  • 53.3Floated outside off, kept out.
  • 53.2Uses his feet and whips it through mid-wicket. Pujara runs after it and keeps it down to a brace.
  • 53.1Gets forward and blocks it right under his nose.
  • 52.6Spinning in sharply, de Silva tries to defend it but is hit on the pads. No real appeal as it was sliding down leg. De Silva is stretching his leg. Seems like there is an issue with his hamstring. 142/4
  • 52.5On the money! Shortish delivery on middle, turning in. De Siva defends it with his bat and pad close together.
  • 52.4On middle and leg, kept out nicely.
  • 52.3Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 52.2A bit of room on offer, stabbed through covers for a couple.
  • 52.1Tossed up delivery, de Silva prods forward and defends it.
  • 51.6Hit straight to the skipper again but this time he pounces on it. 140/4
  • 51.5Pushed to covers where Kohli fumbles but doesn't concede a run.
  • 51.4Brave leave! Quick outside off and skidding after pitching. Chandimal has his stumps covered and lets it go.
  • 51.3The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 51.2Pushed to covers nicely.
  • 51.1Slow through the air, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 50.6Works it with the spin to the leg side. 140/4
  • 50.5Comes forward to this one and defends it.
  • 50.4FOUR! Nicely done! Floated on middle, de Silva kneels and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 50.3Stays back to this one and blocks it.
  • 50.2The 100-run stand is up between the duo! A really vital one and they need to carry on. Around off, nudged behind square on the leg side for a couple.
  • 50.1Shortish in length, Chandimal uses his feet and taps it to covers for a single.
  • Russel Arnold on air makes us aware about a good thing. In an interview, Ashwin had mentioned that when he went to England to play county cricket, he learned a lot as the tracks there don't offer much assistance as compared to the subcontinental ones. He worked on a holding role. It is seen here today as Jadeja is going for the wickets while he is trying to do the containing job.
  • 49.6The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 133/4
  • 49.5FOUR! Brilliantly done! Uses his feet to the flighted delivery and whips it with the angle over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 49.4Just short of Rahane at first slip! Fullish delivery outside off, de Silva prods to defend it but gets a soft edge that lands in front of Rahane. The key was to play with soft hands.
  • 49.3Uses his feet to this one and defends it solidly.
  • 49.2Coming in with the arm, kept out watchfully.
  • 49.1Brilliant fielding! Short delivery around off, Chandimal rocks back and cuts it against the spin through covers. Dhawan hares after it, puts in a slide near the fence and seems to have kept the ball in play. The replays show that the Dhawan is fine. Saves a run for his side.
  • 48.6Floated delivery, defended solidly off the front foot. 126/4
  • 48.5De Silva prods forward and blocks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 48.4The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 48.3Turning in from outside off, Chandimal stays back and defends it solidly.
  • 48.2Waits for this one and turns it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 48.1Uses his feet and tucks it past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a couple.
  • RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN to continue his spell.
  • 47.6That must have stung! Fullish delivery on off, de Silva whacks it straight to Jadeja who stops it with his left hand and holds it immediately. 123/4
  • 47.5Prods forward confidently and blocks it to the off side.
  • 47.4The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 47.3Flighted delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 47.2Floated delivery, de Silva prods forward in defense.
  • 47.1FOUR! Fearless cricket from the youngster! Tossed up delivery on off, de Siva is nimble on his feet and drives it hard past Jadeja. The ball rolls down the ground and races to the fence. He has created doubt in the bowler's mind in the first ball after lunch itself.
  • We are back for the second session. Will we see the pair of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal keep the Indians at bay? Or will the home side trigger yet another batting collapse? Let's find out. RAVINDRA JADEJA to continue his spell. A slip and a short leg in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 5, Session 2 ...
  • What will skipper Kohli have at the back of his mind? How will he try to get the better of the Sri Lankan pair out there? Jadeja clearly looks like the more dangerous bowler troubling the batters. Will we see a sudden collapse like the Englishmen did earlier in the day or will de Silva make a big daddy hundred and hang on with his skipper till the sun sets? Do join us back at 1211 local time for the post lunch session.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva was not afraid to play his shots and kept attacking the bowlers. He didn't look like he wanted to save the match by just knocking the ball here and there. Chandimal on the other hand was playing a watchful game, picking up singles and hitting the odd ball. But that's not all. He was given a present by Jadeja on the latter's birthday when it should have been the other way round. The Sri Lankan skipper was castled by a peach of a ball from Jadeja but the umpire didn't take any chance this time and went to the TV umpire for referral. Chandimal was all smiles after seeing the replay on the giant screen, as Jadeja had faltered with his front foot yet again.
  • Session highlights - 31 overs, 88 runs, 1 wicket. Figures often tell us a story. This one says Sri Lanka largely controlled the period of play. India will be happy with the initial stages of the day. Jadeja got rid of Mathews due to a smart catch by Rahane at first slip. The Sri Lankan wouldn't have been pleased after seeing the replay as it was a no ball because of overstepping, which the umpire failed to spot.
  • 46.6Floated on the stumps, Chandimal safely negotiates the last ball before LUNCH, DAY 5 by defending it with a straight bat face. 119/4
  • 46.5A slight confusion, no harm done! Chandimal eases this towards covers and comes down in search of a run. Rohit Sharma quickly gets to his left, dives and stops it cleanly. This makes the batsmen abort their run-taking plans and go back to their ends for safety. They do so.
  • 46.4De Silva uses his feet and hits it down to long on for a run.
  • 46.3Ashwin floats it around middle and leg, Chandimal clips it with the turn through square leg for a run.
  • 46.2Around off, kept out from the crease.
  • 46.1Loopy delivery around off, lunged forward and defended.
  • 45.6Served outside off, cut towards point. 117/4
  • 45.5Another delivery that is safely negotiated with a straight bat.
  • 45.4Landed around off and middle, Dhananjaya defends it with a straight bat face.
  • 45.3Defended from within the crease.
  • 45.2Dhananjaya steps down and bunts it down.
  • 45.1Flatter on the line of the stumps, blocked.
  • 44.6The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball. 117/4
  • 44.5Ahhh! This is something that Kohli won't be happy with. He sets high standards in whatever he does and here he misfields and concedes a run. This was hit down the ground, Virat ran to his left and as he looked to stop it, he ended up kicking it towards mid off.
  • 44.4De Silva gets an inside edge onto his pads as he looks to keep it out.
  • 44.3The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 44.2Chandimal comes down yet again and hits it down to long on for a single.
  • 44.1Chandimal comes down and blocks it.
  • 43.6Flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 115/4
  • 43.5Straighter and flatter outside off, left alone.
  • 43.4Another wonderful ball. It spins past Chandimal's bat's outer half after pitching around off.
  • 43.4Not a happy birthday for Ravindra Jadeja this time as it is a NO BALL! Dear, oh dear! Overstepping is a crime especially by a spinner when you don't have a long run up. India and Jadeja pay the price for that. First up, it's a beaut of a delivery. Pitches around middle and leg, spins past the outside edge of Chandimal's prodding bat and clips the top of middle stump. This is enough to send any good batter walking. After the on-field umpire had erred in not looking at the bowler's front foot when Mathews was dismissed, this time he goes upstairs. It is seen that the bowler's front foot is just over the line. Chandimal gets a reprieve.
  • Chandimal is a goner.... buttt... the umpires are checking for a front foot no ball. They had missed it the last time in the Mathews dismissal.
  • 43.3Dhananjaya eases it through mid off to rotate strike. Moves to 70 now.
  • 43.2Flatter around off, de Silva presents a straight bat in keeping it out.
  • 43.1Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 42.6Another delivery is safely negotiated by defending with a straight bat. 112/4
  • 42.5Chandimal gets forward and blocks.
  • 42.4This ball is swept through square leg for a run.
  • 42.3Seeing the flight, Chandimal comes down the track and wrists it towards wide mid on. Gets a run for doing so.
  • 42.2On the pads, flicked round the corner for a run.
  • 42.1FOUR! Cheeky but effective! The youngster is here to get some runs against his name and not just prod and block. This delivery was in line of the stumps, Dhananjaya gets down and paddles it away. It was in the air a bit but not near any fielder. The ball rolls away to the fine leg fence.
  • 41.6Solidly defended off the front foot. 105/4
  • 41.5Landed around off, Dinesh buries the spin.
  • 41.4Around off, driven towards mid off.
  • 41.3Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Jonathan Trott on air reckons that India should attack a bit more. Have more fielders at catching positions as runs aren't a concern at all for India, he says.
  • 41.2Now he changes angle and comes round the wicket. Lands it around off, DC charges down and bunts it down.
  • 41.1Jadeja bowls this on the pads from over the wicket, de Silva nudges it to fine leg for one.
  • 40.6Defended off the back foot by DC. 104/4
  • 40.5Flighted delivery around off, Chandimal stays on the back foot and blocks it.
  • 40.4This ball is hit straight to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 40.3Tossed up around middle, spinning down leg, de Silva gets down and sweeps it to fine leg for a run.
  • 40.2This time Chandimal turns it through mid-wicket and crosses over.
  • 40.1Floated around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 39.6On the pads, flicked away round the corner. 102/4
  • 39.5Dhananjaya punches this through covers and gets a couple.
  • 39.4Around off, the batsman keeps it out from the crease.
  • 39.3De Silva gets forward and blocks this.
  • 39.2The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 39.1Flatter around off, Dhananjaya punches it towards covers.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA comes back for another spell.
  • 38.6Straighter one around off, Dinesh plays for the spin and gets an outside edge that rolls next to the pitch on the off side. 100/4
  • 38.5Chandimal lunges forward and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 38.4The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 38.3Chandimal charges down and eases it to long on for a run.
  • 38.2Oh Puji, well done, Puji! He looks like a car that runs with a handbrake on, Sunil Gavaskar had said on air earlier in the day. This time that car catches up with what it has set to do. De Silva goes back and punches it through covers. Pujara chases it down and saves a run for his side.
  • 38.1Ashwin comes round the wicket and serves a straighter delivery around off and middle. De Silva reads it well and punches it to mid off.
  • 37.6The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 95/4
  • 37.5FOUR! Low full toss. Chandimal plays it to the deep square region and it goes all the way past the ropes. The fielder at deep square leg moved to his right but it was not enough to save the boundary.
  • 37.4Bouncer from Shami! Chandimal does well to evade it.
  • 37.3Lazy work from Dhawan. He throws the ball without looking with his head up. The ball is driven to mid off. Dhawan the fielder there picks it up but has a wayward throw back to the keeper. The batsmen take advantage and go back for the second run.
  • 37.2Fuller length ball, de Silva works it on the leg side to rotate strike.
  • 37.1Bowled outside off, Chandimal cuts it to cover-point and picks up a single on the first ball.
  • 36.6Flicked off the pads towards short leg. 87/4
  • 36.5Another good stand brewing here for Sri Lanka. This one between de Silva and Chandimal is worth 50 now. Chandimal looks to defend it but gets a soft outside edge past slip. The duo get three runs before the ball is returned.
  • 36.4Now the other side of using the feet. Dinesh comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 36.3Good footwork. Using the feet isn't always about charging down the track. Chandimal gets a touch forward and goes back before punching it through covers. Ishant, from mid off, gives it a chase and returns the ball, not before the batters take a couple.
  • 36.2Loopy ball around off and middle, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 36.1Slower through the air around off, Chandimal lunges forward from the crease and presents a straight bat in defending that.
  • 35.6Bowls it fuller this time. De Silva is happy to play this with a straight bat. 82/4
  • Dhananjaya de Silva was seen hanging on the back foot for the fuller delivery on 35.4. Matthew Hayden, the tough Aussie that he is, loves that. Says it signifies that the batsman is a tad scared of the pacer and that is something that the pacers in general love.
  • 35.5Pitched a little behind the good length zone. De Silva defends it into the ground.
  • 35.4Peach of a ball! Moves into the batsman after pitching. De Silva tries to drive the ball but misses the ball. It just misses the inside edge of the bat and goes past the stumps to Saha. No feet movement from de Silva on that delivery.
  • 35.3Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 35.2Served around off, de Silva looks to defend it. He gets an edge onto his pads and the ball dies into the ground.
  • 35.1Length ball, defended from within the crease.
  • 34.6This time, the touring skipper gets back and punches it towards covers. 82/4
  • 34.5Served around off, Dinesh lunges forward and blocks it watchfully.
  • 34.4Floated around off, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 34.3The response to that shot is a flatter delivery from Ashwin. De Silva goes back and flicks it through backward square leg for one.
  • 34.2FOUR! The Lankans maybe playing for a draw, but Dhananjaya has his own ideas. He's a promising youngster and this innings proves that. The confident shot that he has played to get to his 3rd TEST FIFTY is a joy to watch. Seeing the flight on that delivery, he uses his feet to get to the ball. Gets out the lovely extension of arms and goes over mid on. The ball bounces just in front of the ropes and then goes for a boundary.
  • 34.1Loopy ball around off, pushed defensively towards mid off.
  • 33.6Similar delivery, DC keeps it out watchfully. 77/4
  • 33.5Length ball around off, defended with a straight bat.
  • 33.4Here comes another bouncer! On the line of stumps this time, Chandimal ducks and lets the keeper do the rest.
  • 33.3Served outside off, Chandimal lets that go. It goes on the bounce to Saha who collects it cleanly.
  • 33.2A touch fuller around off, Dinesh drives it towards mid off.
  • 33.1Beauty! Shami's love story with the Fort end in this innings continues. He lands it on a length just outside off, the ball moves away after pitching. Chandimal feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 32.6Floated around off, blocked watchfully off the front foot. 77/4
  • Vijay Shankar, the substitute fielder, is on the park.
  • 32.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.4FOUR! Dhananjaya de Silva has looked good this morning. He has been clever with his shot selection, too. Goes with the turn this time. Gets down on one knee and slogs it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Moves to 49 with that.
  • 32.3Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 32.2Much better. Play with the turn and take a single, that's the right way to go about the things. That's what is done in this case.
  • 32.1Careful Chandimal, careful! Mr. Gavaskar today while doing the pitch report, suggested putting away the cut shot and this shows why. Ashwin lands it outside off, looks to be on the shorter side. Dinesh goes back to cut but gets an under edge that bounces next to the stumps and lands in the keeper's gloves.
  • 31.6Gets it at a fuller length on to his pads. Chandimal works it on the leg side for a single and retains strike. 72/4
  • 31.5Shami is changing his lengths here. Back of a length this time, Chandimal defends it off his back foot.
  • 31.4Serves it at a fullish length, Chandimal plays the ball into the ground.
  • 31.3Back of a length, Chandimal defends it off his back foot.
  • 31.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.1FOUR! Chandimal gets his first boundary of the day. Back of a length ball outside off, Chandimal slaps it through backward point and it goes all the way to the fence.
  • MOHAMMED SHAMI gets a change of ends. He is back to the Fort end now. Let's see how he goes about with his stuff now.
  • 30.6Floated around off, Dhananjaya defends it towards point. 67/4
  • 30.5De Silva lunges forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 30.4Served around middle, blocked from the crease
  • 30.3Much better. A tad shorter outside off, de Silva goes back and cuts it towards backward point. The fielder at point gets to his left and makes a half-stop. As the ball rolls towards third man, a brace is completed.
  • 30.2This is the straighter one around off and middle. Dhananjaya plays for the turn but ends up edging it. The ball rolls to the off side.
  • 30.1Landed around off, Chandimal gets back and punches it through covers for a run.
  • Time for Drinks. India will be happy with an early breakthrough of Angelo Mathews. They will look to get some more as soon as possible. De Silva is not afraid to play his shots and Chandimal will make his presence felt. Meanwhile, RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN gets the ball and will bowl his first spell this morning.
  • 29.6Slow through the air, blocked watchfully. 64/4
  • 29.5Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 29.4Floated outside off, kept out watchfully.
  • 29.3Similar delivery, Dhananjaya opts to go back this time and blocks it.
  • 29.2Tossed up on off, de Silva comes forward and defends it solidly.
  • 29.1FOUR! Good use of the feet! Tossed up delivery around off, de Silva comes down the track and clips it against the spin through in front of square leg. Pujara from mid-wicket sprints but the ball eventually wins the race.
  • 28.6A little back of good length, Chandimal cuts it to cover-point. 60/4
  • 28.5Bouncer! Chandimal ducks in time to evade it.
  • 28.4Fuller length ball, de Silva hits it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 28.3FOUR! Not the most convincing of ways but Sri Lanka will take it. Shami bowls this outside the off stump and de Silva pokes at it. The ball takes an outside edge of the bat and it goes towards Rahane at third slip. He gets a hand to it but the ball still has enough to go all the way to the fence. De Silva is playing his shots but was not in control of this one.
  • 28.2Fuller length from Shami, Chandimal flicks it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 28.1Outside off, left alone by Chandimal.
  • 27.6Waits for this one and plays it with an angled bat towards point. 54/4
  • 27.5Sliding in with the angle, tucked besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 27.4Tossed up outside off, eased towards deepish mid off.
  • 27.3Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Change of bat for Dhananjaya de Silva. In fact, it is not a change of bat. There is a bit of an issue with the bottom half of the bat. The substitute gets rid off it and the batsman is good to go.
  • 27.2FOUR! The first real bad delivery from Jadeja and it has been punished! Half-tracker around off, de Silva gets quickly into position and pulls it with aplomb past mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 27.1De Silva needs to be careful! Floated on leg stump, Chandimal turns it towards mid-wicket and sets off for a run and his partner responds. Pujara picks up the ball and throws it back to Saha. As the youngster put his bat in the crease, he jumped to evade the throw.
  • 26.6De Silva shows the full face of the bat and defends this ball. 49/4
  • The carelessness of the youngster is clearly visible. Shami is testing Dhananjaya de Silva with bouncers and he is falling for the bait. He needs to keep his cool otherwise he will lose his wicket. Patience is what matters at this moment and de Silva needs to apply himself.
  • 26.5The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 26.4Bouncer again! This time de Silva ducks and let's it go through to the keeper.
  • 26.3Well directed bouncer from Shami. De Silva looks to hook this one but gets beaten by pace and bounce. Saha does the rest.
  • 26.2Fullish in length, de Silva works it to mid-wicket.
  • 26.1Back of a length, de Silva plays it to point.
  • MOHAMMED SHAMI replaces Ishant Sharma to get his first spell of the day. He is bowling from the Pavilion end and not from the Fort end like he did yesterday.
  • 25.6Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 49/4
  • 25.5De Silva plays this with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 25.4Jadeja shortens his length as Dhananjaya uses his feet to counter it. Is not quite to the pitch of the ball and ends up taking it on the pads.
  • 25.3Floated on middle, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 25.2FOUR! Beautifully played! First runs scored of Jadeja this morning. Tossed up delivery in line of the stumps, de Silva skips down the track and strokes it past the non-striker for a delightful boundary.
  • Sunil Gavaskar on air reckons that Kohli might be thinking about bringing Shami from the Fort end, the end from which Jadeja is bowling now. The pace bowler was at his mercurial best in his three-over spell last evening and he bowled from the same end. Sooner or later, he will be introduced into the attack.
  • 25.1Slow through the air on off, de Silva comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 24.6Chandimal defends this by getting behind the line of the delivery. 44/4
  • 24.5Outside off, Chandimal doesn't bother playing at it.
  • 24.4Length ball in line of the stumps. Defended from Chandimal.
  • 24.3On the pads this time from Ishant. De Silva flicks to the fine leg region for a run.
  • 24.2Fuller length, driven to mid off.
  • 24.1Length ball from Ishant. Well left by de Silva.
  • 23.6Quicker through the air around off, Dinesh stays back and defends it solidly. Fourth maiden in a row for Jadeja. He is building up a lot of pressure on the batsmen. 43/4
  • 23.5Loopy delivery outside off, Chandimal puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 23.4Slower through the air, smothered nicely by coming forward.
  • 23.3Close shave! Coming in with arm, pitches and skids off the surface. Chandimal comes forward tentatively and ends up getting it off the inner half past short leg.
  • 23.2Floated well outside off, Chandimal lunges forward in defense.
  • 23.1Tossed up outside off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 22.6Length ball getting into the de Silva. He gets an inside edge onto his pads. 43/4
  • 22.5Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.4Back of a length nipping back, the ball hits the thigh pad of de Silva.
  • Oh no! The delivery which consumed Mathews was a no ball for overstepping. Joel Wilson didn't spot it. Blunder from the umpire. How much will this cost the Sri Lankans? The umpires usually check for the front foot when a wicket falls.
  • 22.3FOUR! Another one! Ishant bowls this short again but Dhananjaya is up to the challenge. The batsman gets into position and pulls it in front of square this time. The result is the same.
  • 22.2FOUR! First boundary of the day. Ishant Sharma bowls it short trying to exploit those patches but Dhananjaya responds well. He is quick to get on his back foot and pulls it away to the deep square leg fence.
  • 22.1Length ball outside off, driven to mid off for nothing.
  • The skipper, Dinesh Chandimal strides out to bat. His team is in deep trouble at the moment. A herculean effort from him is the need of the hour. Can he play a marathon knock? He will need support from his partners as well.
  • 21.6OUT! The birthday boy is on fire! Excellent catch from Rahane at first slip as well. Jadeja bowls this one a bit wider outside off, gets a bit of drift again. Mathews prods forward to account for the angle but the ball grips and turns away substantially. Playing away from the body is the mistake he makes and the ex-skipper ends up getting an outside edge. Rahane at first slip is cool as a cucumber. Moves to his right and takes it like a pro. The slip catching from the Indians was dismal in their previous innings. Shows the importance of having the right men in the slip cordon which is such an important aspect of fielding. Third wicket for Jadeja. He set up Mathews really well as he bowled the previous deliveries in the over much closer to the stumps. Pushed this one a bit wider which induced the false stroke. India are 6 wickets shy of a victory. 35/4
  • 21.5A bit of drift on this one outside off, Angelo blocks it nicely.
  • 21.4Slow through the air around off, Angelo comes forward and pushes it defensively to mid off.
  • 21.3Flat and quick, defended off the front foot.
  • 21.2Spinning away from Mathews who comes forward and taps it towards point.
  • 21.1On a flatter trajectory on middle and leg, Mathews prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. This is the danger that Jadeja possesses. He is so accurate and at you all the time that if you put one foot wrong, he will fox you.
  • 20.6The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 35/3
  • 20.5Outside off, left alone by Mathews.
  • 20.4The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 20.3Back of a length on middle and leg, Mathews clips it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 20.2Jaffa! Good length ball outside off, Mathews looks to flirt with it and the ball misses the edge of his bat.
  • 20.1Ishant digs it in short in line of the stumps, Mathews sways away and lets it go.
  • 19.6Lack of intent! There was a run on offer but de Silva doesn't go for it. Loopy delivery outside off, de Silva guides it towards backward point and is ball watching. The point fielder had some distance to cover to his left but the lack of intent from the batsmen didn't allow the single. You need to play with positive mindset especially when you are staring down the barrel. Three consecutive maidens for India. The pressure is building. These fine things can lead to a wicket. 34/3
  • 19.5Full delivery on middle and leg, de Silva's feet are moving well and he pushes it defensively to mid on.
  • 19.4Jadeja shortens his length this time. De Silva stays back and blocks it watchfully.
  • 19.3Flighted delivery around off, Dhananjaya prods forward in defense.
  • 19.2Fullish this time, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 19.1Coming in with the arm, de Silva hangs back and stonewalls it.
  • 18.6Gets the ball to bounce after pitching. Mathews leaves it alone and Saha collects it with reverse-cupped hands. Two maidens in a row. 34/3
  • Russel Arnold makes a fair point on air. There are quite some cracks on the back of the length area. As a result, the seamers are getting a lot of assistance from the deck. Credit to Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami for being on the money. The Sri Lankan pace bowlers had failed to exploit that and hence, didn't create any sort of trouble for the batsmen.
  • 18.5Shouldered arms by Mathews.
  • 18.4Mathews once again hangs back and defends it.
  • 18.3In line of the stumps, Mathews defends it off his back foot.
  • 18.2The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 18.1Length ball, gets a little swing. It takes the outer edge of Mathews' bat and goes on the bounce to third slip.
  • 17.6Vicious! Bowled at a quick pace outside off, takes off sharply after pitching. De Silva covers his stumps and lets it through. Saha rises with the bounce and takes it brilliantly. He is one of the best wicket-keepers going around in Test cricket at the moment, a delight to watch! A maiden to start with for Jadeja 34/3
  • 17.5Quick and flat, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 17.4This one slides in a touch more, de Silva prods forward and plays it with soft hands towards mid on.
  • 17.3Jadeja continues to bowl full, eased to mid off again.
  • 17.2Similar delivery, another crisp push off the front foot to the same region.
  • 17.1Tossed up delivery on off, Dhananjaya eases it to mid off.
  • RAVINDRA JADEJA to operate from the other end. He has been sensational till now. He has figures of 5-2-5-2. He will definitely pose a threat.
  • 16.6In the channel outside off, left alone. Good start from Sharma. 34/3
  • 16.5Well bowled! Good length delivery around off, a bit of away movement. Mathews is opened up in his stance and gets it off the outer half to point.
  • 16.4Back of a length delivery around off, Mathews stays composed in his crease and blocks it stoutly towards covers.
  • A catching mid-wicket in place now. An uppish stroke past that region prompted this field change.
  • 16.3Full length delivery around off, swinging in. De Silva looks to clip it across but the bat turns in his hand and as a result, he gets it off the inner half through in front of square leg. The fielder chases it and saves a run for his side.
  • 16.2A bit fuller in length, but not close enough to make the batsman play. Easy leave for de Silva. Need to make the batsman play, especially in the initial phases of play when a batsman's feet are not moving much and he is looking to have a few sighters.
  • 16.1Starts off with a good length delivery well outside off, holding its line. Dhananjaya points his bat skywards and allows it through.
  • We are set to get rolling. ANGELO MATHEWS and DHANANJAYA DE SILVA to resume their innings. The first hour of this morning will be very crucial from the visitors point of view. If they manage to see it off without losing a wicket, their confidence will rise. ISHANT SHARMA to steam in with the ball first up. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold says that it's a bit sunny as compared to the other days and adds that the pitch is looking good. On further inspecting the track he sees that there are footmarks but it's not an area of concern. He comments that if Ashwin bowls in those areas he can get the ball to talk. Arnold then gets the help of Sunny Gavaskar who is standing at the other end of the pitch. The latter says that even the other end of the pitch is good. The cracks have not yet opened up. He continues saying that there are a little rough patches on the pitch but it's on the off side of the wicket. He too opines that if Ashwin and also the quick bowlers get the ball to pitch there, they will cause trouble for the batsmen. The little master adds that the pitch is as good as Day 1. After Russel asks Sunny what suggestions does he have for Sri Lanka he answers that they should play the ball on merit and not think too far ahead. He continues saying that they should be aware of the square cut because the ball can keep low. Arnold says that it will be difficult for Sri Lanka to win from here but should look to save the match as it will be as good as a win.
  • Rohit Sharma says he is very happy with his current form. Adds that he wanted this before going to South Africa and he feels good to have spent time in the middle as he was playing Test cricket after a long time. Reckons that he was unfortunate to miss out on some game time as he picked up an injury in the series against New Zealand but now he's good to go. About his mental preparation, he hasn't changed it much as he is aware of getting his chances in between due to the five-bowler theory that the team prefers. Adds that hence he is prepared to use whatever opportunity comes his way. Mentions that he was telling Ishant Sharma to bowl in a particular way to Lakshan Sandakan but the Sri Lankan seemed to understand hindi. Hence he told his teammates the need to change their language of communication. Adds that Sandakan said he watches hindi movies and hence knows a bit of the language. About the conditions today, he observes that it still is not a fifth day deck as there are no visible cracks and rough patches. Adds that it is due to the weather which hasn't been much sunny over the period of the game. States that the pitch conditions won't matter much as the Indian bowlers rely on their skills and not the tracks. Ends saying that they would look to create pressure on the batters by bowling in disciplined areas and taking the catches that come their way.
  • If Sri Lanka put up a stern resistance which has been missing for a long time, it will be a joy for ardent cricketing fans all around the globe! The odds are stacked against them but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Will the Lankan Lions salvage a draw? Or will the No. 1 ranked Test side in the world run away with the show? Stay with us as the action unfolds...
  • On the other hand, the visitors need only one thing - a resolute and firm approach. With still 379 runs away from the target, winning the game is almost out of the equation for them. The question is, can they save the match? It will largely depend upon the experience of Mathews and Chandimal. The duo stitched a 181-run in their previous innings and showed hunger to achieve the best.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of the last day of the final Test match between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi. Good news is that bright skies welcome us at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Let's hope the weather stays this way throughout the course of the day. The hosts are in thorough control of the proceedings and are basking in the glory of the sun. The spin twins, Ashwin and Jadeja, were operating in tandem towards the end of yesterday and it seemed that a wicket is always around the corner. On a subcontinental Day 5 pitch, it will be an uphill task for the Sri Lankan batsmen to tackle them. Even the seamers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami are breathing fire.
  • ... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...
  • What shall we expect tomorrow? Sri Lanka have their most experienced campaigner, Mathews, at the crease along with Dhananjaya de Silva. They will hope that the former churns out another good performance with the bat and saves the match. Skipper Chandimal, who's going through a good run will have a vital role to play. Will the tourists be able to offer some resistance and try and salvage a draw? Or are we in for another free fall from the Sri Lankan batsmen? Do join us tomorrow at 0930 local time (0400 GMT) to find out. In another part of the globe, we have a close Ashes game going on with England 178 runs adrift their target. You can get updated with that by switching tabs. Until next time, good bye, take care!
  • Murali Kartik interviews Shikhar Dhawan. The southpaw has enjoyed scoring a fifty on his birthday. Says that it feels good to perform for his country. Thanks the general public for cheering him and wishing him. States that they had decided that they had to score quickly. Since he is the local lad and knows the conditions quite well, he took the onus on himself to score quickly after Pujara's dismissal. Mentions that his aim is to keep performing consistently and keep a positive mindset as these are what will take him forward. Asserts that they have put up a good show today and things have gone as per plan so far. Ends reckoning that tomorrow might be another long day of play and is hopeful of a win.
  • With around 25 overs to play in the day, the Sri Lankan openers came out in the middle hoping to see the day off but failed to do so. They lost Samarawickrama to a well-directed bouncer from Shami, who bowled an incisive first spell. That set the tone for the home side. However, what would hurt the visitors more is the double-wicket over from Jadeja which turned out to be the final one of the day.
  • Right then! India's day yet again. They did not waste much time today, bowling out Sri Lanka quickly, gaining a lead of 163 runs. Then, their batsmen came out with a positive intent with an aim to score quick runs. Vijay and Rahane fell cheaply but skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma got their respective fifties at a quick rate. They took the attack to the Sri Lankan bowlers with a quick 90-run stand (92 balls). Do not forget Pujara either. His 49 from 66 was not less instrumental and was unlucky to fall one short of his half century. The stand of 77 between him and Dhawan actually pushed Sri Lanka back, who were getting some momentum after those early wickets. India eventually declared after Kohli felt he had enough time to bowl out Sri Lanka with a target of 410.
  • The light meter comes out yet again.... and this time, it signals the end of day's play as it is really very dark out there. That's STUMPS, DAY 4! Hush, all the drama that we've had towards the end has to pause for some time now.
  • 15.6Mathews negotiates the last ball of the over by defending it off the front foot. A terrific over this. A double-wicket maiden from Jadeja. If this over hadn't been bowled, owing to bad light, Sri Lanka would have been a bit happier. Marginal calls these as the umpires had checked for the light even at the end of previous over. 31/3
  • 15.5Mathews blocks it solidly off the front foot.
  • ANGELO MATHEWS walks in next. Can he turn out to be the savior for them again?
  • 15.4OUT! Castled! Yes, you don't associate this term with a spinner but that's Jadeja for you. He fires this at 93kmph around off. Lakmal looks to keep it out but is late in getting his bat down. Ends up getting a bottom edge and the ball goes on to peg the off stump back. Jadeja is seen appealing for something and the on-air commentators say 'you don't appeal for a clean bowled, Mr. Jadeja'. He carries on with his celebration after the close-in fielders made him realize the mode of dismissal. On another look it is seen that Lakmal's bat got stuck on his back pad and hence was a tad late in coming down. Sri Lanka slip further. India 7 wickets away from victory.
  • 15.3Blocked off the front foot.
  • 15.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • The nightwatchman, SURANGA LAKMAL, is seen walking out at the fall of the second wicket.
  • 15.1OUT! Another one departs! Don't know if it is because of poor visibility or not but whatever it is, Karunaratne has to walk back. Jadeja serves it outside off, Karunaratne lunges forward to defend for the non-existential turn. Ends up getting a faint nick to Saha. The umpire gives him the marching order even as India celebrate. Strangely, Dimuth asks his partner whether he should review that and rightly decides against it. There is a thin spike seen on Ultra Edge as the ball passes the outside edge. One wonders how the batsman won't know whether there's an edge or not. Sri Lanka two down now, 379 away from their difficult target.
  • The light meters are out. With poor visibility around, the play is just minutes away from ending for the day.
  • 14.6De Silva keeps it out from the crease. 31/1
  • 14.5Solidly defended from within the crease.
  • 14.4Clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 14.3SIX! Dhananjaya goes big and gets the desired result. Ashwin tosses it up around middle and leg, de Silva gets down on one knee and slogs it over deep mid-wicket. There's nobody in the deep but it wouldn't have mattered as the ball went the distance. First maximum of this innings.
  • 14.2This one is flicked off his pads.
  • 14.1Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.6Another forward defense on display. 25/1
  • 13.5Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 13.4The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 13.3Turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 13.2The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.1De Silva stays in the crease and opens the face of the bat to play it towards backward point.
  • 12.6De Silva takes a run by playing it through covers. 24/1
  • 12.5In line of the stumps, Karunaratne looks to block it. Gets an inside edge through the vacant short leg region for a run.
  • 12.4Loopy delivery around middle, Karunaratne presents a straight bat in defense. But the ball bounces a bit more and pings him on the gloves.
  • 12.3DK keeps it out from within the crease.
  • 12.2A touch quicker around off, Karunaratne looks to defend but gets an outside edge past slip. Gets a brace there. He played it with soft hands actually.
  • 12.1Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • After that effort, Ishant Sharma is seen walking off.
  • 11.6The tall man is down! De Silva clips it through mid-wicket. Ishant at square leg, runs to his left and tries to prevent the second. He loses his balance in the process and tumbles. Concedes the double eventually. Has a laugh after he recovers. 20/1
  • 11.5This one is turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 11.4Straighter delivery outside off, de Silva lets it be unharmed.
  • 11.3De Silva drives it inside out but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 11.2The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.1Landed outside off, defended towards point.
  • 10.6Served outside off, cut towards point. 18/1
  • 10.5Finds the mid on fielder with the drive.
  • 10.4Pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 10.3DK strides forward and blocks.
  • 10.2De Silva goes on the back foot and punches it towards covers and sets off for a quick run. Jadeja is quick to the ball and fires a throw to the keeper but fails to prevent that run.
  • 10.1Tossed up around off and middle, Karunaratne flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 9.6De Silva uses his feet and so, Jadeja fires it on middle. The batsman blocks it out. End of a terrific over. 16/1
  • 9.5Going down leg, de Silva misses the flick.
  • 9.4Quick and flat, Dhananjaya uses his feet and jams it out to mid off.
  • 9.3Not Out! Indeed, Dhananjaya is right! Judicious use of the review and Sri Lanka will retain it. Coming in with the arm, de Silva prods forward to defend but seems to have missed it as the ball pings him on the pads. The Indians appeal confidently and up goes the umpire's finger. However, de Silva opts for the review immediately. He looks certain that there is bat involved. The Snicko detects a big spike. Hence, the on-field call is overturned. De Silva survives but the Indians are causing all sorts of problems for the visitors.
  • A lot of events are happening. Dhananjaya de Silva straightaway opts for the review against an LBW decision. He reckons that he has got an inside edge. Let's find out..
  • 9.2Leans forward to this one and keeps it out.
  • 9.1Coming in with the arm, Silva tries to block it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 8.6This is played to point. Another maiden from Ashwin. 16/1
  • 8.5Floated around off, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 8.4Dimuth strides forward in defense.
  • 8.3DK stays in the crease and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 8.2The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.1Karunaratne prods forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 7.6Well fielded. Dhananjaya drives it towards mid on, the fielder dives to prevent any run. 16/1
  • 7.5Flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 7.4De Silva blocks it off the front foot.
  • 7.3Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 7.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 7.1Begins with a flatter delivery outside off, de Silva just lets it be.
  • Shami was getting ready to bowl. But now it is RAVINDRA JADEJA who is getting ready to bowl. It is seen that the umpire intervened as the light is not good enough for the fast bowlers to bowl. So this is more of a forced change.
  • 6.6Another front foot defense on display to a loopy ball on the stumps. Maiden for Ashwin to start off. 14/1
  • 6.5DK defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.4On the pads, flicked round the corner.
  • 6.3This ball is driven towards mid off.
  • 6.2Flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 6.1Floated ball around off, blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN is brought in for a bowl. He is a tough customer to handle especially on fourth and fifth day subcontinental tracks.
  • 5.6Outside off, left alone. 14/1
  • DHANANJAYA DE SILVA finds himself out in the middle at the early fall of the wicket. Can he manage to see out the day? Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami is seen throwing up on the field. Has a drink and is ready to bowl.
  • 5.5OUT! A snorter to get rid of Samarawickrama! Shami is up and running. Bangs in a bouncer around off, Samarawickrama looks to fend it away but the ball goes off something towards Rahane at gully. The Indians celebrate and the umpire doesn't stop them. Sadeera signals a 'T' for review. He feels that he hasn't hit it. The first replay shows that it went off his right biceps. But the ball passed close to his gloves. Snicko signs the batter's fate by showing a spike as the ball passes the gloves. The on-field call stays and Sri Lanka lose a wicket as well as a review. Later, Kohli is seen telling Llong that he was right. India on the money right away.
  • Review time! Samarawickrama is caught at gully. But he reckons he hasn't got any part of the bat. Opts for the DRS.
  • 5.4What a delivery that is! Shami bangs it short on the stumps, Sadeera looks to evade it by staying away from the line without ducking. But the ball moved in prodigiously after pitching and hence the batter had to quickly take further evasive action. He sways further back and loses his balance as he does so. Luckily though, doesn't fall on the stumps as Saha collects it behind the wickets.
  • 5.3Risky single! Karunaratne taps it towards covers and sets off for a run. Ashwin gets to the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end. But Dimuth was running to make it in there and the ball struck his leg. Jadeja did a wonderful job backing up as he stopped it well even after the deflection.
  • 5.2Oh dear! Ashwin at it again. Another misfield to add to one he did at the start of the innings. Samarawickrama flicks it towards him at mid-wicket. Ashwin bends lazily and lets the ball through. A run results even as mid on gets to his right to stop it. Kohli isn't amused with the effort from his spinner.
  • 5.1Fuller around off and middle, Samarawickrama flicks it straight to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 4.6Nicely bowled! Good length delivery, angling in initially. Karunaratne tries to block it but the ball straightens to go past the outside edge of his bat. 12/0
  • 4.5Fullish delivery outside off, Karunaratne plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 4.4Short of a length on middle, Dimuth hops and tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 4.3Shortish delivery, Samarawickrama is hurried on by it and pulls it behind square on the leg side for a run.
  • 4.2A bit wide outside off, Sadeera is in no mood to flirt with that.
  • 4.1Short of a length in line of the stumps, blocked watchfully.
  • The crowd is getting into the act. Kohli is egging them on to keep cheering. The Kotla is buzzing with excitement.
  • 3.6In the channel outside off, Karunaratne makes a good leave. 9/0
  • 3.5Dug in short, Dimuth ducks under it.
  • 3.4The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 3.3Camps back to the back of the length delivery and tucks it wide of mid on.
  • 3.2Fuller in length outside off, Dimuth is drawn into the drive but gets beaten by the inward movement. The ball also stayed low.
  • 3.1On a length around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 2.6Good fielding! Good length delivery, Sadeera punches it towards mid off. Jadeja moves to his left and slides to keep it down to a couple. 9/0
  • 2.5The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 2.4An appeal for an LBW is turned down! Good length delivery, angling in sharply. Samarawickrama looks to clip it across but misses to get hit on the thigh pad. The Indians make a shout for it but the umpire stays put. Hawk Eye shows that it was going over the stumps.
  • 2.3On a length on middle, seaming away after hitting the deck. Samarawickrama hangs back and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 2.2Short of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 2.1Good length delivery around off, Samarawickrama feels for it and gets it off the outer half of the bat towards the slip cordon.
  • 1.6Full length delivery, Samarawickrama drives it crisply towards mid off where Ashwin dives to his right but fails to make a stop. Concedes a run. 7/0
  • 1.5Full delivery on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 1.4Back of a length delivery, tapped to covers for a quick single.
  • 1.3FOUR! Lucky Karunaratne! The round the wicket angle catches him off guard once again. Fuller length ball outside off, Karunaratne looks to defend it with soft hands but gets a thick outside edge. Saha drives to his left but the ball evades him. It falls short of Pujara at first slip and races away to the fence behind.
  • 1.2Good length delivery in line of the stumps, the southpaw taps it to mid on.
  • 1.1On a length and angling away from the southpaw, Dimuth shuffles a bit and defends it.
  • Mohammed Shami to bowl from the other end. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 0.6Finally, Karunaratne avoids a pair! On the pads, clipped to square leg for a single. A brilliant over from Ishant comes to an end. 1/0
  • 0.5In the zone outside off, Dimuth lets it go.
  • 0.4Falls just short of Dhawan at third slip! On a length around off, straightens after pitching and squares Karunaratne up. He pokes at it and gets an outside edge that falls in front of Dhawan.
  • 0.3Sharma comes from around the wicket and bowls an overpitched delivery outside off, moving away. Dimuth doesn't flirt with it.
  • 0.2A bit wider outside off, left alone.
  • 0.1That's a peach! Karunaratne is lucky to avoid the king pair. Fuller in length outside off, swinging away prodigiously. Karunaratne has his feet nowhere and fishes at it but is beaten all ends up.

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