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India vs Sri Lanka, Third Test, Day 3 Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 4, 2017, 4:48 PM IST

3rd Test, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 02 - 06 December, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India drew with Sri Lanka

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli



STUMPS: Bad light ends play, five overs in advance. Lanka have still one wicket left, and would be hoping to add some valuable runs tomorrow, on the fourth day of the match. With Chandimal at the crease, they would certainly fancy chances of getting another 40-45 runs, and come close to India's total, that is 188 runs adrift Sri Lanka.


SIX! Six overs to go and Ashwin starts with a juicy good length delivery. Chandimal dances down the track, and cracks one over the mid-on boundary for a six. Again on the fourth ball of the over he takes a single. But Ashwin doesn't manage to get Sandakan's wicket on the last two balls of the day. Lanka end day 3 on 356/9.  


Jadeja wraps-up a very quick over. Chandimal takes a single on the fourth ball, and that would mean that he will keep strike in the next over. The umpires are still unsure, whether to stay on the field or not. Lanka are 349/9.


Ashwin comes back for another over, and he is getting some vicious turn, toward the end of the day. To negate this Chandimal dances down the track, and sends one down to the mid-on boundary. Lanka are 348/9. 


LBW! Jadeja comes into the attack. The left-armer bowls his regular accurate straight deliveries. After bowling three deliveries in the same area, Gamage fails to get his bat in front of the pad. And the umpire has no hesitation in giving it out. Lanka go for the review, but in vain. They are 343/9. 


The tail-enders are bound to struggle against Ashwin. And that is what happened with Gamage. Second ball of the over, and Ashwin bowls an off-spinner, much slower in the air, and Gamage lunges forward, to sky it. But the ball is too far away from the short-leg fielder. That was a maiden over. And with this, umpires check the light. But play continues. 


First ball of the new Shami over, Chandimal is invited into a drive on short delivery. That gets him a welcome four. And by that boundary, Lanka avoid the follow-on. In the over Chandimal had two single-run opportunities, but he did not go for it understandably. On the fifth ball, Shami drifts the on his pads, and is penalised for it by a boundary. It's 342/8. 


Ashwin comes up with another decent over. Gives nothing away to Gamage, but somehow he manages to get the senior partner, Chandimal on strike with a single. Chandimal, who surely has gone into a shell after losing wickets at the other end. Just three runs coming from the over, and it's 334/8.


SAHA CATCHES! Shami is back into the attack. Gets the ball in the right areas, and delivers the ball with great seam position. He pitches a shortish delivery, just outside the off-stump, and Lakmal is tempted to go for the drive. Too good a ball for the tail-ender, he edges it to Saha, and he latches on to a great catch. Lanka are 331/8 after 123 overs.  


Ashwin bowls a rare bad delivery in the over. Ashwin bowls it a tad short, and Lakmal cracks one on square of off-side. That bring a boundary for the no. 9 batsman. The next ball he beats him with a pitched up delivery. That ball barely missed the edge of his bat. Lanka are 330/7. 


Ishant Sharma continues. He is getting the ball to swing into the right-handers, and both Lakmal and Chandimal could just manage leg-byes from his over. Chandimal, who is batting on 121, also found it difficult to deal with Ishant. Maybe, Kohli would fancy bringing Shami from the other end. Lanka are 325/7.


Ashwin got a purchase from the pitch in this over. That is how Ashwin usually bowls. The batsmen didn't look comfortable against him. He has, not suddenly picked up three wickets. Lanka are now 323/7. 


CASTLED: The new man in, Dickwella is sent out packing by R Ashwin in the very next over. He is bowling with a lot of zing now. He bowls it on the good length, and beats the bat of Dickwella comfortably, to hit the stumps. That was a spinner's delight. 


Ishant Sharma comes on for the new over. He looks threatening in the over, but is sent to a boundary through mid-off, on the third ball of the over. The next ball, Ishant makes a comeback of sorts, and pitches the ball short, as Chandimal defends with difficulty. He has some niggle with his right hand there. On the last ball of the over a slow ball is edged, but not carried. 


It's a brilliant over by Ashwin. He got the ball to loop and spin just a bit to create trouble for the batsmen. He got debutant Roshen on the first ball he bowled to the batsmen. Now with his tail off, it is a he is surely bracing up to clean the Lankan tail. Sri Lanka is 318/6. 


CATCH: Debutant Roshen faces Ashwin for the first time, and gets him on the first ball he bowls him. That is tragedy for Sri Lanka. It's second wicket for Ashwin. So very often Ashwin gets the short leg fielder into play, and this time too, the fielder there—Shikhar Dhawan pouches the catch. Lanka are 317/6.


BRILLIANT CATCH: That is a great catch by Saha, out of the blue. Ishant Sharma bowls a ball outside off, and  Samarawickrama edges one to the keeper. With the way Indians have dropped catches today, Saha has got an exceptional catch. India get a breakthrough. Lanka are 317/5 after 117 overs. 


3 runs from the Ashwin over here as Sadeera is again at the receiving end and this time it is from a throw from Virat Kohli. Kohli tries to throw it at the batsman's end, but the ball hits Sadeera's elbow at the non-striker's end. Kohli apologises immediately as there is a smile all around as the score reads 308/4


Ishant is back at the bowling crease and is getting the ball to wobble after pitching. A maiden over for the pacer as he shows good rhythm even though he has had a long break. Sri Lanka's score reads 305/4 with Chandimal on 110 and Sadeera on 27.


Ashwin bowls a maiden here as the Lankans look like they are comfortable in the middle and are not at all looking to take any chances here. Sri Lankan players have done a good job so far on the third day and won all the session. The score reads 305/4


3 runs from the Jadeja over as it looks like Sadeera and Chandimal are set to make the Indian bowlers sweat it out before they get a breakthrough here. Sri Lanka's score reads 305/4 with Chandimal and Sadeera adding 49 already for the fifth wicket


1 run from the Ashwin over here as the batsmen have been more than happy to mix caution with aggression here. Chandimal is batting 100 plus and Sadeera is moving towards the 30-run mark. Sri Lanka's score reads 302/4 after 112 overs


5 runs from the Jadeja over here as Chandimal gets a sneak past the fielders for a boundary. Sri Lanka's score has gone past the 300-run mark. That has been a good effort on the field by the Lankan batsmen after losing the first 3 quite early. Sri Lanka's score reads 301/4


4 runs from the Ashwin over as Sadeera is clearly looking to take the initiative and score some quick runs. Comes out and hits Ashwin past the square-leg fielder. That was an inside edge and the ball flew to the boundary almost. Sri Lanka's score reads 296/4


A maiden for Jadeja as Chandimal happily plays away the over even as Sadeera is looking fidgety at the other end. Sri Lankan batsmen have looked pretty confident in their approach as the scoreboard reads 292/4 after 109 overs with the third session looking good for the Lankans so far.


5 runs from the Ashwin over here as Sadeera picks up another boundary. This time the ball is slightly on the wider side and Sadeera is happy to late cut that past the slip fielder to pick another boundary. Sadeera has been dealing in boundaries as such. Sri Lanka's score reads 292/4


3 runs from the Jadeja over as Sadeera steps down the track and picks a double off the last ball of the over. Did not really reach the line of the ball, but continued with the shot and the top-edge ended in no-man's land as the score moves to 287/4


A maiden for Ashwin now as he keeps the otherwise busy Sadeera quiet. Sadeera has been looking to deal in boundaries and this is a quality over as Ashwin keeps testing the batsman. Sri Lanka's score reads 284/4 after 106 overs. The Indians have really found it difficult to pick wickets


A maiden for Jadeja as cramps causes Chandimal to call the physio out. Looks like he is not really the fittest of players around. First the smog and now cramps in the winters. Sri Lanka's score reads 284/4 with Chandimal sitting pretty on 100 and Sadeera on 16.


TEST 100 NUMBER 10 for Skipper Dinesh Chandimal!! Picks a quick single off Ashwin to pick up another run and complete his 10th Test century. Brilliant knock from the skipper as he has led the way. A captain's knock for sure but the job has only been half done here. Sri Lanka's score reads 280/4


India vs Sri Lanka, Third Test, Day 3 Highlights - As It Happened

R Ashwin. (Image: AP)

LATEST UPDATES: Ashwin is on song here and sends back the dangerous Dickwella for a duck. The Indians are back with a bang in this session. Virat Kohli had won the toss and decided to bat.

PREVIEW IND vs SL, DAY 3: Smog, Virat Kohli and a late counter attack from Angelo Mathews stood out as the highlight of the second day’s action between India and Sri Lanka in the third Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla in the Capital on Sunday. Not to forget the masks that came out as the Lankans tried to counter the Delhi pollution and kept complaining of the smog troubling the players. In fact, at one point the Lankans had 10 players on the field before a miffed Kohli decided to declare the India innings at 536/7 before removing two Lankan batsmen going into the tea break. But none of this unsporting tactic from the visitors can take away from the fact that Virat Kohli batted for 99 deliveries in the very conditions and was at the non-striker’s end for another 111 deliveries to bring up his sixth double century — joining Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top for most double hundreds for India. He cut, pulled, drove, flicked and even converted ones into twos without bothering about the difficult aerial conditions — once again showing why fitness is such an integral part of even the gentleman’s game in the modern era. In fact, if former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar is to be trusted for his experience, it was the twin breaks in play — with Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal and his boys complaining of the weather conditions — that finally led to Kohli’s (243) dismissal against the run of play when he looked set to score 250. But Kohli and the boys came out all guns blazing and picked two wickets before the tea break as Mohammed Shami removed Dimuth Karunaratne (0) off the first ball of the innings. Dhananjaya’s (1) innings too lasted only 14 balls as the Indians dominated the show. But a counter-attack from Mathews (57*) with Dilruwan Perera (42) for company saw the visitors end the day on 131/3, still trailing by 405 with seven wickets in hand. With Shami and Ishant Sharma spewing fire literally, it was an important innings from Mathews to just wear them out and get the Lankans back in the game. While their backs are still against the wall, it makes for better viewing with skipper Chandimal unbeaten on 25 at stumps.
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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
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

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