India Vs Srilanka Match Result
(Match Drawn by Srilankan Batsmen)
This Test India vs Srilanka and the series in general,
began with the focus primarily on pitches as India
talked up their need to prepare for South Africa.
In spite of certain distractions over the course of five days,
the game ended with the 22-yard strip at the Ferozeshah Kotla
reclaiming its rightful place at the center of all the attention,
as it usually does in most games here.
Only this time, it did so by refraining from its usual bag of tricks
. On a uniformly passive surface where the bounce was even,
not one puff of dust was raised as India vs Srilanka
batted out 87 painful overs on a fifth-day surface
to walk away with a draw they can be proud of in the third and final Test of the series.
In doing so, they lost the services of only three batsmen
on the fifth day, among them one retired hurt, India vs Srilanka
and one to a no-ball from Ravindra Jadeja which the umpire overlooked.
Jadeja was guilty a second time, bowling Chandimal with a beauty
only to see the umpire stop this time to check where the foot landed and
finding it a shade over the line. India’s bowlers took only two wickets on the day.
The impassive pitch proved a perfect ally to the resolute Lankans,
frustrating India’s spinners no end, in particular, Ravichandran Ashwin.
The pacers toiled manfully away but lost some of their stings as the match progressed.
The Lankans heckled for large parts of the game for their struggles in Delhi’s
smoggy conditions, needed a new hero to salvage
the day and found one in the now-11-Told
Dhananjaya de Silva (119 retired hurt; 219 balls, 15×4, 1×6), who dished out a masterclass
in fourth-innings batsmanship before hobbling off with a thigh injury.
Playing for a draw can be tricky and De Silva studiously avoided going into his shell,
instead of keeping the scoring rate ticking and using his feet well against the spinners.
He walked the fine line between playing risky, and being dominant,
to become the first Sri Lankan batsman in 10 years to score a fourth-innings
away Test century.
It took that sort of momentous effort for the Lankans to eke out a stalemate
to follow their biggest-ever Test defeat in Nagpur.
Dhananjaya’s third Test ton was followed by debutant Roshen Silva’s valiant,
unbeaten 74 and a 94-run unbeaten stand with an edgy Niroshan Dickwella,
which finally convinced the Indians they would not be able to make
this a 2-0 series scoreline.
Not on this pitch, which stood firm as a rock partly because of the initial
attempts to retain grass cover and water it well.
The plan appeared to have been altered a day before the game,
robbing the Indians both of the assistance a more green track could have provided the seamers, India vs Srilanka
and the bite a crumbling Kotla has traditionally provided for spinners late in a Test match.
Captain Virat Kohli called it a “tired pitch”, while Cheteshwar Pujara was quick to blame it
for the result. “Overall we bowled well, especially looking at the wicket.
We were expecting it to deteriorate a bit more on Days Four and Five.
It was a flat wicket, maybe because of the weather. On any other pitch,
on Day 5, there will be a lot of assistance.