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Dhananjaya de Silva's solid half-century helped Sri Lanka keep the Indian bowlers at bay

India came into the morning session on the final day of the third Test riding on vital momentum from the dying stages of the fourth day, having picked up two wickets in the last over to leave Sri Lanka on 31 for 3. However, after the end of the first couple of hours, the tourists would not mind patting themselves on the back for recovering sufficiently, despite an early Angelo Mathews dismissal.

Skipper Dinesh Chandimal continued with his solid form and Dhananjaya de Silva braved the storm well to stitch together an unbeaten 84-run stand, taking Sri Lanka's total to 119 for 4, still 291 runs behind. While Chandimal was unbeaten on 27, de Silva was oozing confidence, having accumulated 72.

Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja started off the proceedings but there was not much help for the seamer, given the conditions were the brightest of all days with no haze in the atmosphere. The sun beat down hard on the surface as Ishant struggled to find any movement. Jadeja kept working different angles and was at the batsmen all the time, forcing them to play. As a part of the ploy, he finally got one to spin sharply from a similar length he had been pursuing and Mathews ended up jabbing at it and edging it to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. Sri Lanka had lost one wicket for just four runs on the morning. While the onfield umpire didn't check for the no-ball with the TV umpire, replays in the following over clearly showed the left-arm spinner overstepping.

De Silva remained unfazed by all that was happening around him as he continued to stay positive and cracked a couple of boundaries in the next over itself, off Ishant. Although Jadeja looked tidy with his lines, he was taken for a boundary at least once every over, for three overs in a row by de Silva. Mohammed Shami asked very few questions and largely remained anything but penetrative.

In the 35th over, de Silva stepped out to Ravichandran Ashwin, hitting him for a four and raising his third Test fifty. The following over saw the fifty of the partnership coming up as well, with de Silva continuing to find boundaries with ease. Jadeja, who had made way for Ashwin in the attack, was brought back for another spell and soon he produced the ball of the day to break through the defenses of Chandimal. However, as luck would have it, he was served poetic justice with replays confirming yet another no-ball, this time on time.

De Silva and Chandimal have added 84 runs already and look good to block out more that come their way. India though would feel they are always a dismissal or two away from cutting their teeth deeper.

Brief scores: India 536/7 decl. & 246/5 decl. lead Sri Lanka 373 & 119/4 (Dhananjaya de Silva 72*; Ravindra Jadeja 3-25) by 291 runs.

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