Riding on Dhananjaya de Silva’s feisty century and a dodgy partnership between Roshen Silva and Niroshan Dickwella, Sri Lanka held on to register a memorable draw in the third and final Test at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla.

The Islanders had their back against the wall when they began the day on 31 for 3 in pursuit off an improbable 410. Their hopes of drawing the game or levelling the series, however, was dealt a huge blow when Ravindra Jadeja sent back one of their batting mainstays Angelo Mathews for just 1. But unlike the past few innings, the visitors did not panic and de Silva and skipper Dinesh Chandimal set the tone for the day with a timely partnership of 112 runs.

The partnership was broken when Chandimal paid the price for trying out an ambitious shot. The right-handed batsman stepped out to hit Ravichandran Ashwin but the ball spun in sharply and went on to dislodge his bails. But even Chandimal’s departure could not affect Sri Lanka’s momentum as de Silva and Roshen Silva batted brilliantly. However, India got a glimmer of hope when de Silva left the field retired hurt after scoring 119. But even before India could sense a win, their hopes of thwarted by yet another solid partnership between Roshen and Dickwella. The duo went on to share an unbeaten stand of 152 to help their team recover from an early collapse and register a much-needed confidence-boosting draw. Roshen was unbeaten on 74 while Dickwella scored 44.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play:

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