India seven wickets away from claiming 2-0 series victory

Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets late in the day
Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets late in the day

India 536-7 dec & 246-5 dec (Dhawan 67) v
Sri Lanka 373 & 31-3 (Jadeja 2-5)
Third Test, Delhi, day four

After India set a target of 410 runs, Ravindra Jadeja struck twice before the end of day four to reduce Sri Lanka to 31 for three at stumps in the third Test in Delhi.

Sri Lanka started the final innings tentatively when Dimuth Karunaratne (13) edged one to the slips that did not quite carry. Though, India did manage to get a breakthrough when Ajinkya Rahane took a brilliant catch at gully off Mohammad Shami (1-8) to remove Sadeera Samarawickrama (5).

Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva (13) tried to thwart the Indian attack for nine more overs but Jadeja (2-5) provided the perfect finishing to the day as he had Karunaratne caught behind and three deliveries later, he castled nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal (0) to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 31 for three before the umpires called off play due to bad light.

Sri Lanka need another 379 runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand.

Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed their first innings with a score of 356 for nine but could add only 17 more runs to the overnight score before they were bowled out. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal (164) recorded his highest individual score before he became the final wicket of the innings.

Having a sizeable first innings lead of 163 runs, India lost Murali Vijay (9) and the newly promoted number three Ajinkya Rahane (10) early but fluent knocks from Shikhar Dhawan (67), Cheteshwar Pujara (49), Virat Kohli (50) and Rohit Sharma (50 not out) lifted the score to 246 for five before they declared for the second time in the game.

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