Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma ensured that India’s lead crosses the 400-run mark. Before them, it was Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan who built the innings for India. All four scored half centuries with Rohit’s 50 being the one that prompted Kohli to declare. India have dominated with the bat and look well on their way to winning the series whether Sri Lanka lose all their wickets or not. Sri Lanka are tasked with chasing down a target of 410. Their chances of drawing this match has taken some beating after they lost the wickets of Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama and night watchman Suranga Lakmal.
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test, Day4 Highlights:
1638 hrs IST: The umpires have a short conference and call an end to Day 4. It was earlier mentioned that a draw might be the only realistic outcome of this match for Sri Lanka other than a loss. With these three wickets even that has taken a beating. Ravindra Jadeja’s double strike and Mohammad Shami’s ripping bouncer means that Sri Lanka start the final day with just seven wickets to spare.
1629 hrs IST: GONE! Suranga Lakmal comes out as night watchman, fends off two deliveries and then misses the ball completely for it to slip on to his off stump. Jadeja appealing for LBW it seems, but Saha tells him there are no stumps left for Lakmal to block
1628 hrs IST: OUT! Karunaratne dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja, Nigel Llong was just checking the light but Sri Lanka, Karunaratne nicks it to keeper.
1609 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja seemed to have picked a second wicket when the umpire declared De Silva LBW. De Silva went for the review. It turned out to be a very clear case of bat before pad, De Silva safe this time.
1556 hrs IST: OUT! Mohammad Shami bounces Samarawickrama back to the pavilion. A bouncer of some measure and as the batsman tried to get out of the way it grazes off his gloves, as shown in the snicko
1525 hrs IST: India declare at 246/5. Right after Rohit Sharma gets his 50. In the post Tea session, Kohli was dismissed by Gamage but not before he became the first Indian to score more than 600 runs in 3 different Test series. He then waited till Rohit Sharma got to his fifty before calling them in. Sri Lanka thus have to chase down a target of 410
1500 hrs IST: Its Ravindra Jadeja who is now with Rohit. It doesn’t look like India have too much to do and Kohli might be waiting for Rohit to reach his 50.The lead is well over 400 now and considering the light, if India do bowl, they may squeeze outn a maximum of 15 overs before umpires call it a day.
1440 hrs IST: OUT! Virat Kohli walks and some respite for the Lankans. Kohli drags his way outside off but the slower delivery tricks him. Ball hits upper part of the bat and it is caught by Lakmal at long on. It was up for some time though, Lakmal did a good job to keep it in sight.
1430 hrs IST: That’s a FIFTY for Virat Kohli. His 15th Test fifty for India. The lead is now climbing to that zone where the opposition think of a draw as the only realistic possibility other than a loss.
1410 hrs IST: TEA! India go into the Tea break at 192/4 with Kohli on 25 and Rohit on 28. The hosts lead by 355 runs. Complete and utter control. Play a little after the break and come out in full attacking mode with the ball – is my educated guess.
1340 hrs IST: GONE! And Dhawan falls this time. Sandakan strikes. Dhawan comes down the track once again, doesn’t get to the pitch of the ball, goes for the slog and misses it completely to be stumped by Dickwella.
1335 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan is going hammer and tongs after reaching his fifth Test fifty. First a six to Sandakan which has gone coasting over the straight boundary for a massive six. And he’s followed that up with consecutive boundaries to Dhananjaya. Well timed and placed to find the ropes
1320 hrs IST: WICKET! Pujara is caught by Mathews and that is a smart, low catch. Falls one short of the fifty. Pitched on middle and off, and goes on from round the wicket, Pujara plays the inside line and it moves away. Gets the outside edge which is taken by Mathews at first slip. Pujara falls for 49
1300 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s troubles with the air pollution continue. Lakmal seen vomitting and needed attention from the physio
1245 hrs IST: DRINKS! Sri Lanka bowlers haven’t added to the pressure after the fall of two wickets. It has allowed Dhawan and Pujara to settle down. India would look to accumulate good runs and declare around Tea with a target of 400 for Lanka to chase
1210 hrs IST: India to resume the second session of play with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara. Need the pairing to click and get some runs under the belt
1110 hrs IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane had accumulated all of 10 runs from 36 balls. Had survived one leg before and the pressure was on him to get the runs as it showed with the progression in the order. But he has failed to make the most of the chance. An incredibly poor shot reeking of desperation to get out of an uncomfortable spot. Comes down the track, tries to slog but ends up handing a simple catch to Sandakan at long on.
1024 hrs IST: Rahane is given out leg before off Lakmal. It had pitched on middle stump and kept swinging in to him. Fair delivery from the Sri Lankan seamer, did not take an inside edge, and hit the front pad. India review after Rahane consults with Dhawan. HawkEye says the ball was missing the stumps. Rahane survives. Kohli expressed joy at that decision.
1018 hrs IST: Ajinkya Rahane has been promoted to number three. Comes in ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara
1015 hrs IST: WICKET! Edged and taken by Dickwella. This wicket was coming. Murali Vijay hadn’t looked comfortable at all in 11 balls he faced. Rushed into shots on many instances. Was playing at everything outside off stump and has been punished for one shot too many. Short of length from Lakmal, hint of shape away, Vijay looked to play on the up but doesn’t take the movement into consideration. Gives out the edge and Dickwella holds on. Completely uncharacteristic from what we’ve seen of him in the last two innings
1005 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay open for India. Suranga Lakmal is the first to get the new ball. Lahiru Gamage on the other end. Worth pointing out that besides the bowler and the keeper (Niroshan Dickwella), all other Sri Lankan players are wearing masks.
0955 hrs IST: India were looking to remove Chandimal from strike but get his wicket instead. Short and wide from Ishant, Chandimal gets his bat to it, and the top edge goes flying towards Dhawan at third man. And the birthday boys make no mistake there. India take a significant 163-run first innings lead as Chandimal departs for 164
0940 hrs IST: Chandimal gets his career best as he moves to 163. After Virat Kohli, Chandimal’s turn to get a milestone moment here. Gets there with back-to-back boundaries. One played off the pads as Shami gets the line all wrong and then anticipating the short one to ramp it over the slip’s cordon.
0930 hrs IST: Chandimal brings up his 150 – fourth in Test cricket for him. Getting some luck there as well. Gets an edge and then a four off Ishant to add crucial runs to his tally and that of the team
0925 hrs IST: Early start in Delhi by 5 minutes. We’ve lost a few overs in the last three days due to fading light. Floodlights on already under hazy conditions. Shami has the ball first up
0900 hrs IST: Hello and Good morning for our live coverage of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka which is into the fourth day. Sri Lanka would be disappointed with how the final session transpired on the third day. Could have shut things down on India and their winning run but for a lower order collapse. Dinesh Chandimal, unbeaten on 147, would be eager to add as many as possible alongside Lakshan Sandakan for final wicket.