But all said and done, Virat and Co. pocketed their ninth series win on the trot. A trend that was started in Sri Lanka, has continued till now, and this speaks volumes of the caliber of this Indian team. Another series win will hold India in good stead for the upcoming series against South Africa.
PREVIEW IND vs SL, DAY 5: The writing was on the wall and Indian batsmen hit the nail on the coffin when skipper Virat Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan and middle-order bat Rohit Sharma hit fluent half-centuries to bat Sri Lanka out of the game on the fourth day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in the Capital on Tuesday. Not to forget the 66-ball 49 hit by Cheteshwar Pujara to set the tone of the innings. Paytm Test series, India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 5 at Delhi, Ferozshah Kotla stadium, live broadcast of the match will be shown on Star Sports network while the live streaming of the match can be caught on Hotstar.com. Ind vs SL 3rd Test, Day 5 match at Delhi live is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM IST. You can also check out live highlights of India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 5 at CricketNext's LIVE blog for all the latest action from the match including live scores, full scores, ball-by-ball commentary and analysis. Chasing 410 to level the series, Sri Lanka were 31/3 at stumps, still needing another 379 to win the game with seven wickets in hand. Dhananjaya de Silva (13) and Angelo mathews (0) are at the crease as Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne (13) and night-watchman Suranga Lakmal (0) in the closing stages of the day’s play. A slight knick as Wriddhiman Saha did the rest behind the stumps. Before that, Mohammed Shami sent back Sadeera Samarawickrama for 5. It was a brilliant ball as Shami first bounced him and then got the edge that landed straight to Ajinkya Rahane at gully. That was a snorter at 143kph. Earlier, it was all about starting well and the Indians did just that as the Lankans could manage to bat only 6 overs before Ishant Sharma sent back skipper Dinesh Chandimal (164) back to the dressing room to pull the curtains on the Lankan innings. Starting on 356/9, the Lankans could muster only 17 runs as the innings ended on 373.
India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Gamage