Dhananjaya, Silva take Sri Lanka to draw 3rd Test

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NC Monitoring Desk

NEW DELHI: Riding on Dhananjaya de Silva’s solid and adamant performance on the fifth day, Sri Lanka managed to pull off a draw against India in the third and final Test of the series. However, hosts clinch the series 1-0 to register a record ninth straight series win.

Sri Lanka, who were chasing the massive target of 410, scored 299 runs for the loss of five wickets at stumps on the final day of the match. Other than, De Silva’s ton, it was debutant Roshen Silva’s unbeaten half-century which helped the visitors to avoid loss. Roshen remained unbeaten on 74 while stumper Niroshan Dickwella was on 44 when the match ended.

Earlier, DE Silva (119) battled cramps to score a valiant hundred before he was forced to retire after sharing a valuable 58-run sixth-wicket stand with Roshen.

Once De Silva retired, it was Dickwella, who gave Roshen company till the end of the match.

Sri Lanka needed improbable 184 runs in the final session to win the Test match, but more importantly, need to preserve their last five wickets in order to earn a deserving draw. Also, it was the first time in six Tests this year that the Islanders have managed to stretch Virat Kohli’s men to the last session of a match.

De Silva’s innings was the highlight of the first two sessions as he was hardly troubled by the Indian bowlers en route his third Test hundred. Towards the end, he started hobbling due to the cramps, having played 219 balls. His innings was studded with 15 boundaries and a six off Ravichandran Ashwin.

With the pitch offering little help, Ashwin (1/126 in 35 overs) didn’t look as effective although he dismissed rival captain Dinesh Chandimal (36).

Jadeja (3/81 in 38 overs), who completed most of his overs within 90 seconds, bowled quick and flat with an occasional delivery turning sharply. Among the Indian quartet, he looked the most effective, keeping the batsmen pegged on the backfoot.

Meanwhile, India, who have clinched the three-Test rubber against the Islanders 1-0, equaled Australia’s record of nine consecutive series wins from 2005 to 2008.

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