With gritty batting, Sri Lanka drew the third and final Test against India in Delhi. © BCCI

With gritty batting, Sri Lanka drew the third and final Test against India in Delhi. © BCCI

The first and last days of the Test series were easily the best for Sri Lanka as they drew the third Test against India in Delhi on Wednesday (December 6).

Chasing a score of 410, Sri Lanka were reduced to 35 for 4 early in the day when Ravindra Jadeja had Angelo Mathews caught, off a no-ball that was missed by umpire Joe Wilson. The teams’ luck evened out, though, when Jadeja bowled Dinesh Chandimal, but the third umpire gave the no-ball call in favour of the batsman.

India had an opening when R Ashwin dismissed Chandimal after lunch, but Dhananjaya de Silva battled testing conditions to score his third Test ton. He had to retire because of cramps towards tea, but Roshen Silva, the debutant, saw his side through to safety, scoring his maiden Test fifty.

On a day five pitch with little assistance, India will be disappointed with their performance. They had the visitors on the mat, but could not capitalise, and had to settle for a 1-0 series win.

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