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India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 3rd Test, Day 5 Highlights: Dhananjaya and Roshen Shine

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 7, 2017, 10:02 AM IST

3rd Test, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 02 - 06 December, 2018

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India drew with Sri Lanka

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli


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. 


The Lankan batsmen showed great resolution and grit to bat out the day and secure a draw as the players ended play at 4:01pm — 35 minutes before the scheduled close of play after both teams felt that the game was headed for a draw. In fact, it was impressive to see how Kohli walked up to debutant Roshen Silva (77*) and congratulated him for batting 3 hours and 3 minutes while the otherwise aggressive Niroshan Dickwella (44*) batted more than 1hr and 30 mins. Earlier, it was Dhananjaya de Silva (retired hurt on 119) and Chandimal (36) who stood ground and kept the Indian bowlers at bay even though the Indian bowlers kept going at the Lankan batsmen with tight lines. The fielding did let the Indians down again, with Wriddhiman Saha missing an easy stumping of Dickwella, but more important was the lion-hearted effort of the Lankan batsmen. It was only poetic justice that Dhananjaya got a century — his third of the career — on a day when the whole of India was waiting to celebrate India sealing the series 2-0. The pitch was playing flat and unlike the typical Kotla wicket, but then, the pressure of the Indians continuously attacking the batsmen was a challenge on its own. Chandimal did lose his cool and was cleaned up as he danced down the track and looked to whip Ashwin through the leg side, but Dhananjaya continued with Roshen for company. The Indians did sniff blood later when Dhananjaya retired hurt, but Dickwella was on the money from the start and he was not letting this opportunity go a-begging to display his batting skills. He did play one shot too many, but as they say, fortune favours the brave.


The morning doesn’t always show the day and that was on display at the Ferozeshah Kotla on the fifth day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday. With Ravindra Jadeja dismissing Angelo Mathews in the sixth over of the morning of a no-ball, it looked like the game was destined to end with India clinching the series 2-0. But the celebrations were short-lived thereon as the Lankan batsmen batted out of their skin to save the game and end the Test series with their heads held high.
Losing the Test series 1-0 instead of 2-0 is something skipper Dinesh Chandimal will happily take after coming out second fiddle to Virat Kohli and boys right through the series. But Chandimal’s boys reserved the best for the last day of the Test series and the Test specialists can now definitely return home with their heads held high. The Lankans lost just two wickets after being 3 down in the first 15 overs of the second innings that were bowled on Tuesday.


IT'S A DRAW: Players shake hands, as the Sri Lanka salvage a draw, from the jaws of defeat. That is an excellent result for a team that was battered at the end of Day 4, and had lost three wickets for the loss of 31 runs only. Silva remains not ot on 74, while Dickwella scores 44. 


This Test, in a lot of ways will be instrumental in deciding the fate of Sri Lanka in Tests, next year. They have displayed stuff of champions, and didn't succumb to pressure. Mostly it was the youngsters who played their heart out and took their team out of danger. As for India, they will have to go back to the drawing board, and see whether these set of bowlers can get 20 wickets in South African conditions. Lanka are 299/5. 


Dickwella has been happy sweeping Ashwin, but on one rare occassion he gets an outside edge. The ball safely lands in the square leg region. Another two runs coming from the over. That makes it 297/5. 


There are big patches of rough outside the off stump from the end where Jadeja just bowled. He got the odd ball to bounce and Dickwella looked in trouble. That could be the chance where India could get a wicket. Two runs coming from the over. Lanka are 295/5. 


Same case of good blocking by Roshen Silva. That has been the highlight of his innings. Whatever is pitched up, he is more than happy to present full face of the bat. Sri Lanka are in no sort of pressure at all. Ashwin bowls a maiden over. Lanka remain at 293/5. 


Just one ball Jadeja bowled in that over kept really low after pitching on good length. That might keep the bowlers interested till the very end. Late in the day, there is some deterioration of the track. But is it too late, too little for India?  Lanka are 293/5. 


Another over from Ashwin safely negotiated. India is just not getting an opening. And if India do manage to get a wicket, it could spell danger for the Lankans. They are 291/5. 


Lankan players are showing a lot of grit, and are displaying no signs of pressure. They are taking one over at a moment, and dealing with Jadeja with ease. Just two runs coming from the over. That takes Lankan score to 288/5. 


Ashwin delivers another clean over. Nothing coming out of it, as we progress into the last hour of play. Three runs coming from that over, but certainly that is not of much importance for the Indian fans at the moment. It is drinks break for the moment. Let's see which way the match heads. 


Jadeja finishes his over quickly. That is another maiden. Now the over count will certainly be in the batsmen's minds. That could bring an opportunity or two for the Indians. It is still not over. 


Sri Lanka now maybe are fancying chances for a win. 15 overs to go in the match, and Roshen Sillva scoring boundaries in every over. He is slowly moving towards a century as well. A lot of think for Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Sri Lanka are 283/5. 


Roshen is growing in confidence. Jadeja delivers a length ball, and he rocks back in the crease and cuts the ball hard for a boundary through covers. And as luck would have it, Saha misses an easy stumping, as Dickwella dances down the track. The ball hits the rough, and turns the other way marginally. That is a costly miss for India. Lanka is 275/5.


Ashwin gets Roshen to edge the ball towards leg slip, but no fielder was there in place. Right after that ball, Kohli employs a fielder there. On last ball of the over, Ashwin gets Dickwella's edge, but that flies over Pujara's head on gully, and goes for a four. Lanka are 270/5. 


Jadeja introduced into attack. He tries bowling from wide of the crease, but gets no help from the wicket. The batsmen are too comfortable at the moment. Sri Lanka are 262/5.  


Ishant now comes up with fuller length. But that does not help either. He also tries some slower pitched up deliveries. Maybe the Indians trying to be very innovative at the moment. Perhaps, Kohli could give a bowl to his two premier spinners. Sri Lanka are 260/5.


FIFTY FOR SILVA: Roshen Silva brings up a resilient fifty with two fours in three balls. Sri Lanka needed youngsters to step up their game, and that's what they have done. Both the Silvas—Dhananjaya earlier, and now Roshen are proving their worth. Now it's not about the runs on the board, but the overs left. Lanka are 258/5.


Ishant still targets the channel outside the off-stump. That is not helping India's cause right now as the batsmen are more than happy to leave the balls. With no swing at the moment, there is no trouble for the Lankan batsmen. None of the pacers are targeting the stumps or the pads of the batsmen. With one run coming from the over, Lanka are 250/5. 


Shami bowls a fuller length in the over. He invites a shot from Dickwella, and the batsman obliges. He goes for a rash shot, and the ball flies over the slip cordon for a four. Now with each passing over, India's chances of winning the match look grim. Sri Lanka are 249/5.


Ishant comes and delivers a maiden over. Virat Kohli tries to gather some support from the crowd which had gone silent for the longest period of time. There were hints of late swing, but there caused no trouble the Lankan batsmen. Their score remains at 243/5.


7 runs from the Shami over now as the Indians are leaking runs with the second new ball. Virat Kohli has no ideas up his sleeves as the Lankans have shown great determination here. The Lankan scoreboard reads 243/5 with 5 wickets still in the bag and Dhananjaya available to bat in a while


10 runs from the Ishant over and more importantly, Dickwella shows that he will play his shots as the ball goes flying off the edge of the bat and lands straight into the thirdman boundary. Sri Lanka's score reads 243/5 with 23 overs still left in the game.


Shami starts proceedings after the tea break and the Lankan batsmen have looked just as comfortable as they were before the tea break. A maiden here, but the Indians need to pick wickets here. Another 24 overs here after this. Can the Lankans eke out a draw here?


TEA HERE!!! Virat Kohli turns to the new ball and hands the ball to Ishant to get the team a few wickets here. 5 more wickets to get for the hosts to take the match and the series 2-0. Tea here as Ishant gives away 4 runs from the first over with the new ball as Murali Vijay fails to put in the drive and the ball races to the boundary. Sri Lanka's score reads 226/5


4 runs from the Jadeja over as Roshen whips one off the legs and Ashwin just cannot get down in time to stop the ball. Sri Lanka's score reads 222/5 after 80 overs. The second new ball is due now, will the Indians take it? It could be just the change the team needs to get a couple of wickets.


Ashwin takes charge as Dickwella is looking to play some shots here before the tea break. This is how he plays whether it works or not today is a different thing. 8 runs from the over as Sri Lanka's score reads 218/5 after 79 overs


Jadeja returns for another over. The Kohli-Vijay experiment didn't work. Jadeja pitches the ball on good length at a decent speed, and Roshen shimmies down the wicket to hit the ball through extra-cover boundary for a four. Lanka are 210/5.


R Ashwin bowls a quiet over Dhananjaya goes off the field. Now it will a test for Dickwella to stand in there till tea, and not lose any more wickets. Roshen on the other end looks a bit more settled. Lanka are 206/5. 


India vs Sri Lanka 2017, 3rd Test, Day 5 Highlights: Dhananjaya and Roshen Shine

Dhananjaya de Silva plays a shot during his knock of 119. (AP image)

LATEST UPDATES: Roshen and Dickwella have batted really well here as the Lankans look headed towards drawing the third Test here in the final hour. The Lankans look very comfortable in the middle and 5 more wickets to get for the hosts to take the match and the series 2-0.

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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
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