The third Test between India and Sri Lanka ended at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium ended in a draw on Wednesday. Niroshan Dickwella (44*) and Roshen Silva (74*) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease when players shook hands on the final day of the Test match.
Young Dhananjaya de Silva, who was unbeaten at stumps on Day 4, produced a magnificent knock for the visitors and showed resilience during his gutsy knock. He was finally retired hurt in the 78th over of the innings.
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.
Resuming play at 31/4, skipper Dinesh Chandimal and de Silva continued to frustrate the Indian bowlers. Chandimal once again played a captain’s knock before being dismissed by Ashwin, who castled him with an off-break after lunch.
The Islanders dominated proceedings on the final day where Indian bowlers failed to make an impact and pick the remaining seven wickets. The Lankans lost just two wickets after battling for 87 overs on the final day.
This is 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.