Sri Lanka's gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test, India clinch series 1-0

Dhananjaya de Silva’s ton and Roshen Silva’s unbeaten 74 helped Sri Lanka secure a draw in the final test against India, who won the three-match series 1-0.

FirstCricket Staff December 06, 2017 17:54:07 IST
Sri Lanka's gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test, India clinch series 1-0
Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

The Indian team poses with the winner's trophy after clinching the 3-match Test series 1-0. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Dhananjaya De Silva started the day with Angelo Mathews in a bid to save Sri Lanka from defeat. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

However, Ravindra Jadeja got the wicket of Angelo Mathews. Mathews was unlucky as replays later showed that Jadeja had bowled a no-ball. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal stitched together a 114-run partnership for the 5th wicket with de Silva to steady the Lankan innings. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Dhananjaya de Silva scored his third Test century as Sri Lanka became increasingly confident of eking out a draw. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

But Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of Chandimal to leave Sri Lanka in a precarious position. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Debutant Roshen Silva joined de Silva and the duo put up 58 runs for the sixth wicket before de Silva retired hurt. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Virat Kohli reacts after Wriddhiman Saha missed a good chance to stump Roshen Silva who went on to bring up his first Test half-century. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Niroshan Dickwella joined Silva in the middle and the duo ensured that Sri Lanka avoided defeat. AP

Sri Lankas gritty fight on Day 5 helps them draw 3rd Test India clinch series 10

Virat Kohli would have been disappointed with the result but the Indian captain won the man of the match as well as the man of the series awards for his batting display. AFP

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