Dhananjaya, Roshen Silva thwart Indian attack on final day to draw Delhi Test

Dhananjaya de Silva (left) retired hurt after scoring a century
Dhananjaya de Silva (left) retired hurt after scoring a century
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India 536-7 dec & 246-5 dec (Dhawan 67) v
Sri Lanka 373 & 299-5 (Dhananjaya 119)
Third Test, Delhi, day five
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A fine century from Dhananjaya de Silva and a spirited unbeaten 74 from Roshen Silva thwarted the Indian attack on the final day as Sri Lanka managed to draw the third and final Test in Delhi but conceded the series to Virat Kohli's men 1-0.

Facing a target of 410 runs, Sri Lanka started the day with a score of 31 for three. Ravindra Jadeja (3-81) provided India with the breakthrough when he had Angelo Mathews (1) caught in the slips, though replays indicated that he had overstepped which umpire Joel Wilson fail to spot.

Dhananjaya (119 retired hurt) struck six boundaries in the next eight overs to counterattack the Indian attack as Dinesh Chandimal (36) fresh from his highest individual score in the first innings was settling in.

With eight boundaries and a six, Dhananjaya completed his third half-century in Tests and soon completed a 50-run stand with his skipper Chandimal.

Sri Lanka had a nervy moment when Jadeja removed Chandimal at the stroke of lunch but this time the umpire made the no-ball call for overstepping and the session ended with the visitors at 119 for four.

Dhananjaya started the proceedings in the second session with a boundary and with two more fours completed a 100-run stand with Chandimal as the Sri Lankan camp looked relaxed. However, Ravichandran Ashwin (1-126) picked his first wicket of the innings when he castled Chandimal in the 55th over.

With not much happening off the pitch, the Indian bowlers were easily negated by Dhananjaya and Roshen (74 not out). At one stage, Kohli (0-1) had to bring himself and Murali Vijay (0-3) into the attack but that was just before Dhananjaya left the field following a fine century.

Seeing Dhananjaya walk-off, Kohli brought Ashwin and Jadeja back into the attack but it proved in vain as Niroshan Dickwella (44 not out) and Roshen batted 27 overs between them with the latter crossing his maiden Test fifty to save the game for Sri Lanka.

India, though have claimed the series 1-0 by virtue of their massive win in the second game in Nagpur. Indian skipper Kohli won the man of the match and man of the series awards.

This is also India's ninth successive series win levelling Australia's record.

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