De Silva keeps Sri Lanka's clock ticking in fifth day play

 . Last updated on December 11, 2017, 9:24 AM
De Silva keeps Sri Lanka's clock ticking in fifth day play
Dhananjaya de Silva scored a half century in the morning session of the fifth day.

India pulled up their lead against Sri Lanka to 410 batting for the second inning. India scored 242 for 5 batting 52.2 overs, with leading scores from Shekhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. The latter scored 49, while the former three knocked half centuries. Earlier in the match, Sri Lanka scored 373 batting its first inning. It featured a knock of 164 from skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was removed as the last wicket after playing more than 130 overs. Angelo Mathews scored 111 in an excellent partnership stretch. Still the target of 536, posed by India, emerged unreachable in a single inning.

In Sri Lanka team could not sustain the attack in the first inning, but Chandimal and Mathews beat the odds scoring huge runs. After Mathews, the team struck with a wobble losing the rest of the wickets down the line. The ending partnership of the inning was of 30 runs between Chandimal and Lakshan Sandakan, the 11th player down the line.

India’s second inning steered through the partnerships of Dhawan and Pujara for 77 runs. Another hefty partnership was between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma adding 90 runs. Kohli passed 600 runs in the series with his half century knock. Pujara knock strong boundaries in the inning, until caught at a delivery off Dhananjaya de Silva. By the end of fourth day, India handed over the pitch to Sri Lanka for the second inning. The inning faced severe attack from India bowlers toppling the visitors at 31 for 3 wickets.

Sri Lanka started its inning in the fifth day playing 16 overs in the previous evening. In the fourth day, the play stopped 13 overs before due to fading lights. In the last over of the day, Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets, Dimuth Karunaratne and Suranga Lakmal. It was Mohammed Shami who made the breakthrough earlier taking away Sadeera Samarawickrama’s wicket. The bowler vomited in the field playing under Delhi smog, retiring from the match latter. In the fifth day morning session, Dhananjaya de Silva kept the inning running scoring a half century, while India’s wicket tally slumped the inning to 4 down. By 47 overs, Sri Lanka was at 119 for 4.


 

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