Dinesh Chandimal registers 10th century, Sri Lanka punish Virat Kohli’s sloppy India

Dinesh Chandimal led from the front with a magnificent century as the Sri Lankan skipper punished Virat Kohli’s sloppy Indian cricket team on the third day of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He was out on Day 4 at 164

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 05, 2017 10:22 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Dinesh Chandimal whacked his 10th century and second overall against India as Sri Lanka fought hard on the third day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla. (AFP)

Dinesh Chandimal’s gritty century pushed Sri Lanka to 373 on Day 4 of the third and final Test against India at the Ferozehshah Kotla ground. (INDIA vs SRI LANKA HIGHLIGHTS)

The Sri Lanka captain reached the landmark with a single off R Ashwin towards short cover. This was his first century of the series, 10th overall, second against India and fourth away from home. The innings assumes importance in the light of the fact that it could be the one that helps the visitors save this game. (INDIA vs SRI LANKA SCORECARD)

He was dismissed on 164 by Ishant Sharma, who finished with figures of 3/98. This was Chandimal’s fourth 150 plus score and the best ever in the longest format. The hosts have taken a 163-run first innings lead.

Struggling at 75/3, Chandimal revived Sri Lanka’s innings as he put on a 181-run partnership with former skipper Angelo Mathews, who scored his first century in over two years before falling to off-spinner R Ashwin.

Apart from Mathews, Chandimal is the only batsman who has shown some resistance against the India bowling attack in this series.

The hosts had earlier declared their innings on 536/7. Skipper Virat Kohli scored his sixth double century while Murali Vijay hit his second consecutive century of the series.

The second day’s play was halted briefly during the post-lunch session as many Sri Lankan players felt the effects of Delhi’s pollution. Arguably, it’s the first time pollution has affected an international fixture. In the previous year, Ranji Trophy fixtures scheduled at the Ferozesah Kotla were cancelled.

First Published: Dec 04, 2017 11:24 IST