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Dhananjaya de Silva defies Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team with 3rd Test century

Dhananjaya de Silva registered his third century and defied Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team as Sri Lanka looked to survive on the final day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 06, 2017 13:25 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India vs Sri Lanka,Indian national cricket team,Sri Lanka national cricket team
Dhananjaya de Silva defied Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team on the final day of the Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla with his third century as Sri Lanka looked to save the match (AFP)

Dhananjaya de Silva helped Sri Lanka get through a rocky start with a well-compiled century against India on Day 5 of the third and final Test at the Ferozehshah Kotla stadium. (INDIA vs SRI LANKA LIVE UPDATES)

De Silva, who replaced the out-of-form Lahiru Thirimanne, completed his century with a punch off backfoot through cover for three runs (he was on 99). This was his third century overall and maiden vs India. (INDIA vs SRI LANKA LIVE SCORECARD)

Resuming at 13, de Silva scored just three runs in the first six overs of the day before cutting loose with consecutive boundaries off pace bowler Ishant Sharma.

The Sri Lankan No. 3, playing his 11th Test, even looked good against spinners, using his feet well against Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin and depositing quite a few towards the fence.

His 112-run partneship with captain Dinesh Chandimal has given Sri Lanka a chance to salvage a draw after the visitors lost Angelo Mathews early on the final day, with birthday boy Jadeja getting the better of the former Sri Lanka captain, who slammed a hundred in the first innings.

Sri Lanka have been set a 410-run target by Virat Kohli’s side. A win here would end their losing streak against India. For the hosts, a win or draw will help them equal the world record of nine consecutive Test series wins, held jointly by Australia and England.

First Published: Dec 06, 2017 11:11 IST