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Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal stand between India's victory

Surendra Kumar
By Surendra Kumar
September 09, 2018 • 12:40 PM View: 3569

Dhananjaya, however, played cautiously meddling the loose balls to eventually bring up his third Test half-century with a boundary off India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

The right-hander smashed nine boundaries and one six in his 128-ball innings. 

The wicket of Mathews brought in skipper Chandimal, fresh from his 164 in the first essay. The wicketkeeper-batsman relied more on defence and kept playing the perfect second fiddle to Dhananjaya.

However, just at the stroke of lunch, Chandimal survived a close call after he was clean bowled by Jadeja, which the television replays found the Saurashtra left-arm spinner bowling a no-ball.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 119/4 (Dhananjaya de Silva 72 not out, Dinesh Chandimal 27 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 3/25) against India 563/7 decl and 246/5 decl. at lunch.

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