Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    85.6 lapse in concentration at the fag end of the day has cost Vijay. So he can't cross his Test best of 167 despite crossing 150 four times. This one was nicely tossed up outside off, he played for the one that spins back in but this one spun away to beat the outside edge, as he stretched forward to defend he ended up dragging his back foot outside the crease and it was bang on the line as the bails were whipped off. Sri Lanka have something to cheer about 361/3
    9.6 he's held on to the catch at deep backward square. He's lost his shoe in trying to catch that. Lakmal can't believe he's held on there. Laughs in the Sri Lankan camp but I tell you what, they would've all been fuming had he dropped that. 100th Test wicket for Dilruwan. This was a poorly executed sweep, which Dhawan fetched from outside off and only managed to top-edge it. 42/1
    20.2 snuffed at leg slip. There was a fielder in position there for precisely that. The length ball angles in from wide of the crease, Pujara glances this off his hip but fails to keep it down and hits it straight to the fielder. Sharp take by Samarawickrama. 78/2
    125.3 pins him lbw! But he's reviewed. Right then. This is a skidder, pitching on off stump, short of a length, forcing Kohli to go back and try a flick through midwicket. The problem for him though is the ball seems to rush him, beats him, strikes the back pad on the knee roll. Three reds come up on the replay and Kohli walks off with 15,934 at his homeground standing up for him 523/7
    87.3 Sandakan now lets rip a googly that breaks away from Rahane and leaves him overbalanced. Draws Rahane forward with flight, the dip creates distance between the bat and the pitch, the turn takes it past the outside edge. Rahane's foot is on the line by the time Dickwella whips the bails off. Nothing behind the line. Two wickets in two overs for Sandakan at the fag end of the day. Loose drive from Rahane 365/4
    117.5 shapes to cut but this ball breaks back in sharply from outside off to kiss the bottom edge through to Dickwella. So he's fallen off the last ball before lunch. 500/5
    122.4 gone! Well, the break seems to have done some good to Sri Lanka. A wide length ball, on the shorter side of a good length. He's been getting out in that region quite a lot lately, and he reaches out and steers the ball straight to gully. He's planted his front foot half-forward, nowhere near the line of the ball, and just stuck his hands out at it 519/6
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    19
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    125.00
    Extras
    8 (lb 1, nb 7)
    TOTAL
    536/7d (127.5 Overs, RR: 4.19)
    Fall of wickets: 1-42 (S Dhawan, 9.6 ov), 2-78 (CA Pujara, 20.2 ov), 3-361 (M Vijay, 85.6 ov), 4-365 (AM Rahane, 87.3 ov), 5-500 (RG Sharma, 117.5 ov), 6-519 (R Ashwin, 122.4 ov), 7-523 (V Kohli, 125.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal21.228003.7500
    PLS Gamage25.379523.7200
    MDK Perera31.1014514.6500
    PADLR Sandakan33.5116744.9307
    DM de Silva1604803.0000
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    0.1 got him first ball and it's a beauty. It's as if Shami didn't even miss the previous Test. Brute from around the stumps, angles this short of length delivery back in, this one nips away ever-so-slightly off the seam to square him up, and the poke wobbles away to Saha who makes no mistake. Kotla roars. Dream start. 0/1
    18.4 what a review from India. Jadeja was convinced this was hitting the stumps but wasn't sure if this was over the three-metre line. Kohli went for it and as it turns out, height and line wasn't in doubt, as was the distance from the stumps. Once Jadeja shortened his length, Dilruwan looked to pad it away as he stepped out but was struck in line in trying to do that. Wicket against the run of play for India. The impact was apparently 2.99m from the stumps . A small fraction more and he would've been not out. Done in by a fine margin. 75/3
    5.1 he's a dead duck because he's hit below the knee roll. India on fire, Ishant on fire. This one is pitched on length, comes back in off the seam to beat the inside edge and hit him on the back leg. This would've crashed into the top of off stump. Consulted with his partner over a review before deciding to walk off. 14/2
    97.6 there's the wicket, India's first for the day and the most threatening bowler who has bowled the least today has got Mathews with a pearl of a delivery. This was the quicker delivery that drifted away and skidded on, Mathews played for the turn when there was none, kissed the outside edge through to Saha who comes up with a fine take behind the stumps. India have broken the defiance just before tea. That should rejuvenate them. 256/4
    135.3 right down the throat of third man. There was width, Chandimal threw his bat at that but only managed a thick edge down to Shikhar Dhawan who didn't have to move an inch left or right. India have pocketed a lead of 163. 373/10
    116.4 guess what? Finally an edge induced by Ishant has been taken behind the stumps and it's an absolute corker of a catch from Saha. Length outside off, well outside infact, Sadeera has a poke at it and gets a thin edge that flew low to Saha's right. The key to making the catch possible was anticipating the possibility of an edge, which Saha did so he moved as the ball took the edge and managed to pull off a one handed stunner inches from the ground. Ishant rewarded for his persistence. 317/5
    117.4 and it's a forgettable debut. Thick inside edge off the pad to short leg. Jabbed at the delivery, the drift and revs on the ball did the trick for Ashwin. So, Roshen Silva has waited a long, long time to make his debut and has to walk back when his moment has arrived. All the elements of a typical Ashwin wicket. Overspin, drift, bounce. Superb to watch. 318/6
    119.2 got him. That's the end of Dickwella. Done in by an arm ball that cramps him for room, beat his cut and crash into the stumps. Played for the turn when there was none. Excellent from Ashwin. 322/7
    122.4 healthy edge and an outstanding catch again from Saha. This was still on its way up as he instinctively moved to his right to grab that at shoulder height. This moved away off the seam to kiss the edge as he pushed at that. Reward, finally for Shami today. 331/8
    126.5 got the previous delivery to spin away. This one's the arm ball that skids back in to beat the inside edge on his forward prod. That would've crashed into the stumps. Umpire Nigel Llong raised his finger even before Jadeja could complete the appeal. As far as decisions go, that's a simple one. Ball tracker says umpire's call 343/9
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    16 (b 4, lb 5, nb 2, pen 5)
    TOTAL
    373 all out (135.3 Overs, RR: 2.75)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (FDM Karunaratne, 0.1 ov), 2-14 (DM de Silva, 5.1 ov), 3-75 (MDK Perera, 18.4 ov), 4-256 (AD Mathews, 97.6 ov), 5-317 (S Samarawickrama, 116.4 ov), 6-318 (ARS Silva, 117.4 ov), 7-322 (N Dickwella, 119.2 ov), 8-331 (RAS Lakmal, 122.4 ov), 9-343 (PLS Gamage, 126.5 ov), 10-373 (LD Chandimal, 135.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    Mohammed Shami2668523.2601
    I Sharma29.379833.3200
    RA Jadeja45138621.9101
    R Ashwin3589032.5700
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    2.1 a nothing stroke and Vijay is gone. He wasn't his usual self this morning, playing away from the body, once again looking to hit on the up but this ball moved away just a wee bit to kiss the edge through to Dickwella. 10/1
    35.2 he's gone, looking to heave this over long-on, beaten by the turn as he stepped out to swing and Dickwella effects the simplest of stumping. Dhawan was defeated by the turn. For the second time in the series, Dhawan has missed a hundred that was set up on a platter. 144/4
    13.4 he's holed out to long-on. Oh, dear. So, so similar to that nervous stroke he played in his second innings on debut. Rahane's was a troubled existence and he's been put out of his misery. Looked to go over long-on but didn't get to the pitch of the ball, ended up dragging it from outside off and straight to the fielder at the rope. Rahane's poor run continues. Was looking to hit his way out of trouble this time, didn't pay off. 17 runs in five innings this series 29/2
    30.6 plays for the turn but this one drifts away from around the stumps and skids through take the edge and Mathews takes an excellent catch at slip. He stayed nice and low and was alert to the possibility of the edge as he went nice and low to make it look ridiculously easy. Excellent reflexes, no half-century for Pujara. 106/3
    50.4 has dragged this from way outside off, holes out to Lakmal at wide long-on. Wanted to go downtown but this slower delivery stopped on him, hit the top part of the bat as he swung through. That essentially killed his timing. Still had to be taken alright, was in the air for a long, long time and Lakmal did well, kept his eyes on the ball as he ran to his right to take it. 234/5
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    Extras
    7 (b 1, lb 2, nb 3, w 1)
    TOTAL
    246/5d (52.2 Overs, RR: 4.70)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (M Vijay, 2.1 ov), 2-29 (AM Rahane, 13.4 ov), 3-106 (CA Pujara, 30.6 ov), 4-144 (S Dhawan, 35.2 ov), 5-234 (V Kohli, 50.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RAS Lakmal1436014.2810
    PLS Gamage12.214813.8903
    MDK Perera1105414.9000
    DM de Silva503116.2000
    PADLR Sandakan1005015.0000
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    15.1 they were so close to walking off for light, they just about continue and look what has happened. Karunaratne, in trying to shut shop, and defend has got faint nick to a topspinner from Jadeja, excellent catch by Saha. Clear edge, Karunaratne was confused because the bat hit the pad at the same time there was a nick, but Sri Lanka would've lost a review had they decided to go upstairs. 31/2
    5.5 hostile fast bowling at its very best. Sadeera has been snuffed out in the slip cordon by a rip roaring bouncer. Snicko points to a some glove as he tried to sway out of the way to avoid that. The ball then lobbed off the back bicep to Rahane at gully. This was a superb bouncer in the mid 140s from Shami, much like the previous delivery. 14/1
    75.6 turned towards square leg, no one's in a hurry to get to the ball 205/5
    15.4 Jadeja turns around to appeal without realising he's bowled Lakmal. This was drifting in full from wide of the crease, Lakmal was tentative in his forward prod and got some bottom edge as it rolled on to the stumps. 31/3
    21.6 what a ball, what a catch. Bowled this from much wider of the crease from around the stumps, excellent anticipation from Rahane at slip. The ball drifted in and spun away sharply from the rough, this one bounced as well. Mathews made the cardinal sin of driving at that, got a thick edge that flew to Rahane's right but he's got excellent hands, which begs the question: why doesn't he stand there for the fast bowlers? Jadeja's persistence has paid off. 35/4
    54.6 going back to over the wicket has worked. This is a terrific delivery from Ashwin. Nice loop, tossed this up outside off, got this to dip on him as Chandimal is defeated in flight even as he steps out, still went to whip this through midwicket but this ball spun back in to sneak through the gap between bat and pad to hit the stumps. Superb planning. The century stand has been broken 147/5
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    7 (b 5, lb 1, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    299/5 (103 Overs, RR: 2.90)
    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (S Samarawickrama, 5.5 ov), 2-31 (FDM Karunaratne, 15.1 ov), 3-31 (RAS Lakmal, 15.4 ov), 4-35 (AD Mathews, 21.6 ov), 5-147 (LD Chandimal, 54.6 ov), 5-205 (DM de Silva, )
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    I Sharma1323202.4600
    Mohammed Shami1565013.3300
    R Ashwin35312613.6000
    RA Jadeja38138132.1301
    M Vijay10303.0000
    V Kohli10101.0000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 2 Dec - day 1 - India 1st innings 371/4 (V Kohli 156*, RG Sharma 6*, 90 ov)
  • Sun, 3 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 131/3 (AD Mathews 57*, LD Chandimal 25*, 44.3 ov)
  • Mon, 4 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 356/9 (LD Chandimal 147*, PADLR Sandakan 0*, 130 ov)
  • Tue, 5 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 31/3 (DM de Silva 13*, AD Mathews 0*, 16 ov)
  • Wed, 6 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 299/5 (103 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

  • India's record streak of nine consecutive series wins

    Their 1-0 series win over Sri Lanka helped India match Australia's record of nine consecutive series wins from 2005-08, while Dhananjaya de Silva surpassed Viv Richards to score the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting batsman in India

  • India aware of issues in slip cordon - Pujara

    With fitness being on agenda, India players have become better athletes, their ground fielding has improved, but nobody from the camp has been able to say why the same fielders seem to resemble non-stick cookware at slips

  • Dhananjaya, Roshen deny India 2-0

    Dhananjaya de Silva and the debutant Roshen Silva were Sri Lanka's fifth-day heroes as they fought their way to a drawn third Test

  • Dhananjaya and a new dawn for Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka dropped him after throwing him in the firing line in South Africa. He has returned with the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting batsman in India. Young talents like that need better nurturing

  • SL's struggles with Delhi air may be genuine - Dhawan

    After having seen his team-mate Shami vomit on the field, the India opener was more understanding of the visitors' discomfort, but he only went as far as giving them a benefit of doubt

Dhananjaya fights

109*

Previous highest score by visiting batsmen when chasing in India, by Viv Richards at Kotla in 1987. Dhananjaya de Silva has gone past that in this chase.

Kohli's series

610

Runs by Kohli in this series, the fourth-most for any batsman in a three-match Test series.

Fails again

17

Runs accumulated by Ajinkya Rahane in this series, in 5 innings. His scores: 4, 0, 2, 1, 10.

Chandimal's best

162*

Previous highest score for Dinesh Chandimal in Test, that came against India in Galle in 2015. He's better it with 164 in this game.

Record ten

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No. of SL batsmen to score 10 Test centuries in fewer innings than Chandimal who has done it in 80 innings. Thilan Samaraweera, who took 84 innings, was the previous quickest for SL.

A long show

476

Balls faced by Mathews and Chandimal in this partnership - the most by any visiting pair in India since 2010. Kallis and Amla had batted 641 balls in Nagpur in Feb 2010.

Record double

6

No. of double-centuries by Virat Kohli as captain - the most. He went past Brian Lara's five 200s as captain. All other Indian captains combined have only four 200s.

No. 20 for Kohli

4

Number of batsmen to score 20 Test centuries in fewer innings than Kohli who has got there in his 105th innings. Bradman (55), Gavaskar (93), Hayden (95) and S Smith (99) are the only ones ahead.

Kohli's 5000

3

No. of India batsmen to get to 5000 Test runs in fewer inns than Kohli who has taken 105 inns. Gavaskar (95), Sehwag (99) and Tendulkar (103) are the three ahead of Kohli.

Perera's milestone

25

No. of Tests taken by Dilruwan Perera to take 100 wickets - the fastest among 6 Sri Lanka bowlers to the milestone. Muralitharan was the previous fastest in 27 matches.

Victorious venue

11-0

India's win-loss record in last 12 Tests at Delhi, before this. The last time they lost there was in 1987 to West Indies.