New Delhi: India finished Day 4 of the final Test against Sri Lanka on a good note by picking 3 quick Sri Lankan wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. After Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli notched their respective 50s, the hosts set up a mammoth score of 410 to chase.
However, in reply, the visitors lost 3 quick wickets at the end of stumps on Day 4 and now possibly stare at defeat in the final Test. Sadeera Samarawickrama was the first to go after Mohammed Shami stunned him with a bouncer before Ravindra Jadeja piled the pressure with 2 quick wickets.
Karunaratne was the first victim, after he nicked one straight to keeper Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps. Nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal couldn't save the day either as he dismissed cheaply after being bowled by Jadeja.
With one final day to go, Lanka have 7 wickets in hand and still need to chase a total of 379. Can Sri Lanka sustain the pressure or will Virat Kohli's men bag another bilateral series? Join us tomorrow for the action!
Sri Lanka 31-3 after 16 overs:
BOWLED! Nightwatchman Lakmal aims to defend one from Jadeja but the ball hits the toe of the bat and disturbs the wickets. 3 down Sri Lanka, immense pressure!
WICKET! Jadeja bowls to Karunaratne at a tight angle and the batsman has no choice but to go at it. Nicks it straight to Saha and he's gone.
Sri Lanka 14-1 from 6 overs:
WICKET! That's gone! Samarawickrama departs from a fierce Shami bouncer. The ball makes contact with the glove, followed by the shoulder before Rahane takes an easy catch at slip. Sri Lanka appeal for a review and snicko confirms the contact with the glove.
Sri Lanka 9-0 from 3 overs (need 401 more runs to win)
Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama are going at three runs per over, and will look to avoid an early blow.
India declared their innings at 246-5 on Day four of the third Test match against Sri Lanka, setting up a target of 410 for the visitors.
While Cheteshwar Pujara missed out on a fifty (49), Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma scored fifties. Shikhar Dhawan, too, contributed by scoring 67 runs.
For the Lankans, all the bowlers who bowled took one wicket each.
Sri Lanka will have the rest of the day, and the entire Day five of the Test to chase the big total.
India are 209-4 in 47 overs
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are batting with ease at the moment as they keep the scoreboard ticking.
India are 192-4 in 43 overs
Inspite of losing Pujara and Dhawan after lunch India have managed to extend the lead. Kohli and Rohit have been able to keep the scoreboard ticking. Both the batsman will look to make some quick runs before declaring and setting up target for Sri Lanka to chase.
India are 145-4 in 36overs
WICKET! Yet another wicket for Sri Lanka, left arm wrist spinner Sandakan dismisses Shikhar Dhawan for 67 runs. Dhawan coming down the track for a big swipe, was deceived by the flight. He misses the ball and Dickwella removes the bail to send him to dressing room.
India are 131-3 in 34 overs
Shikhar Dhawan brings up his 50 on his birthday and also reaches 2000 test runs with a six off left arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan.
India are 106-3 in 31 overs
WICKET! Dhananjaya De Silva with the breakthrough, no half-century for Pujara. De-Silva's delivery skids and takes edge of Pujara’s bat to go straight into the hands of Mathews at slip as he went nice and low to take the catch.
India are 84-2 in 25 overs
Pujara survives after LBW appeal by Sri Lankan bowler Dilruwan Perera. The bowler drifts the delivery across from round the wicket, Pujara is late to bring his bat down as the ball brushes the kneeroll. Sri Lanka went for review but the impact was around off and the ball was sliding on to miss off-stump. Sri Lanka lose their review.
India are 70-2 in 22 overs
Pujara and Dhawan have started cautiously after lunch as they slowly try to build huge lead.
After bowling out Sri Lanka, Team India started their second innings by losing opener Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane pretty cheaply. Vijay was the first man to be dismissed when he edged Suranga Lakmal delivery to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.
Ajinkya Rahane who was promoted to no 3 in place of Virat Kohli once again flopped with the bat as he was dismissed for 10 runs by Dilruwan Perera. India are currently leading by 214 runs and with Shikhan Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara at the wicket, the host will look to up their ante.
India are 45-2 in 16 overs
Sri Lanka are fighting their way into the test match as their bowlers picked up early wickets. Opener Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane are already back to the dressing room and with Virat Kohli still to bat, the host are eyeing to take set up huge target to give bowlers a chance to bowl out Sri Lanka for the second time.
India are 30-2 in 14 overs
WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane's struggle with the bat continues as his innings come to an end. Dilruwan Perera with the breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Rahane danced down the track to a delivery which was pitched out side off stump but mistimes his short as Sandakan holds the catch at long-on.
India are 24-1 in 9 overs
Close shave for Rahane, Dilruwan Perera bowled quicker off-break as Rahane went on back foot to whip it away. The batsman failed to make contact as the ball crashed his pads. The on field umpire gives it not-out, but Sri Lankan ask for review which turns out to be unsuccessful.
India are 19-1 in 8 overs
After losing Murali Vijay early, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane have steadied the ship for the host . Rahane who has been out of the form in the series gets a chance to get some runs after being promoted up the order.
India are 13-1 in 6 overs
Huge blow for Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal is taken off field after vomitting on field. The pacer had provided the early breakthrough for the visitors and now finds himself off the field as hazy condition makes life difficult for bowler.
India are 12-1 in 4 overs
Suranga Lakmal strikes early for Sri Lanka, Murali Vijay departs for 9. The ball was short of length as Vijay goes for a drive only to edge the ball to wicket- keeper Dickwella.
India 2nd innings
Sri Lanka's 1st innings finally comes to an end with Chandimal’s dismissal. The Sri Lankan captain was the last man to be dismissed for 164 runs. The skipper was well supported by Angelo Mathews (111) and some handy contributions from Dilruwan Perera (42) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (33) helped the team to put up a respectable total.
Sri Lanka 373 all out in 135.3 overs
Ishant picks up wicket of Dinesh Chandimal to put an end to Sri lanka innings. Easy catch for Dhawan at third man as Chandimal went hard at delivery which was short and wide
Sri Lanka are 372-9 in 133 overs
Dinesh Chandimal hits two consecutive boundaries to Mohammed Shami. The Sri Lankan skipper is putting up great fight with Sadakan putting up strong defensive batting display.
Sri Lanka are 359-9 in 131 overs
Dinesh Chandimal raises his bat after reaching 150 runs. The Sri Lanka skipper is standing tall and denying Indian bowlers to get early wicket.
Chandimal remained unbeaten on 147 runs will look to add more runs to the team total in company of Lakshan Sandakan in the first session of the fourth day.
Alongside Ashwin, pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja all chipped in with 2 wickets apiece to put the visitors on the backfoot....