Finally, Sri Lanka broke the series jinx with a retorting play by fifth day of the Test. India could not win the second Test, but Sri Lanka leveled it with an intense resistance at the lower order of the batting line. Dhananjaya de Silva retired hurt after knocking the inning’s century, the third in his 11th Test. The draw came up with the unbeaten century off Roshen Silva, the debutant, and the resilient 44 off Niroshan Dickwella. The unbroken partnership of 94 between the players turned the match into a draw. India bowlers, meanwhile, remained all restricted to only two wickets on the final day.
The partnerships in the inning were hefty. The day had three strong partnership stretches that hauled Sri Lanka’s score to 299 for 5 wickets. De Silva and Chandimal partnered for 112 runs, the former and Roshen forged 58 runs, while the latter and Dickwella raised an unbeaten 94. India’s failure was the inability to break these partnerships. The trend of back-to-back wickets was absent in the day. While Roshen’s debut after 103 first class matches brought an anticipated return. His batting was profound, leaving India’s attack all stranded. None of spinners, seamers as well as pacers were able to control the inning.
Debutant Roshen emerged unbeaten in the crease, with excellent footwork and selective shots. On the other end Niroshan Dickwella kept up his strike even if he missed a couple of times. Earlier in the inning, Dhananjaya feasted on spins, playing both defensive as well as offensive games. With 16 boundaries, he proved the batting dominance in the inning. He plundered Ishant Sharma for successive shots. His approach was careful and controlled. Spinners also emerged futile against Roshen.
India bowler’s success was limited to Mathews’ wicket. He defended a delivery off Jadeja after consecutive defensive strokes. Edging the delivery to slip, he could not read the intrigue. Ashwin managed to nick Chandimal’s wicket at 36.
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