Lankans draw Kotla Test, Indians clinch series

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Indian players pose for a group photo with the winning trophy after the third cricket test match of India - Sri Lanka Series ended in draw, in New Delhi on Wednesday. India won the series 1-0. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Indian players pose for a group photo with the winning trophy after the third cricket test match of India – Sri Lanka Series ended in draw, in New Delhi on Wednesday. India won the series 1-0. PTI Photo

The third and final test between India and Sri Lanka at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla ended in a draw on Wednesday but India clinched the three match test series 1-0. India had won the first test in Nagpur to win the series.

 

The Lankans started the day with seven wickets in hand and a whole day to bat. The Lankan captain Dhananjaya De Silva led from the front despite severe muscle stiffness. His century helped the team to draw the match. De Silva scored a brilliant 119 before retiring hurt.

Debutant Roshen Silva then went on to make 74 (not out) and Niroshan Dickwella put up a brave 44 (not out), displaying enormous determination in the final session of the match.

New Delhi: Sri Lankan's  Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva run between the wicket during the final day of the third cricket test match against India, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Sri Lankan’s Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva run between the wicket during the final day of the third cricket test match against India, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The Roshen-Dickwella pair added invaluable 94 runs for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand as India did not get a single wicket in the final session.

The Lankan batsmen held on without collapsing and batted as many as 102 overs in the second innings, finishing at 299 for five. They had to chase 410 to win. The batsman cashed in on the ineffectiveness of Indian spinners, holding on to a draw.

The Test match once again proved that Indian spinners especially Ravichandran Ashwin (1/126 in 35 overs) are ineffective when there isn’t much help in the wicket.