A couple of wickets by Ravindra Jadeja at the fag end of the fourth day has put India firmly in command of the proceedings of the third Test in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla. At the close of day four, the visitors were 31 for 3, needing an improbable 379 on the final day to draw the series.

Chasing a mammoth 410 to register their first-ever Test in India, the Islanders were off to a cautious start with Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama seeing off more than 5 overs. However, just when it looked the duo would help the Islanders close the day on a good note, Mohammad Shami bowled a vicious short ball to send back Samarawickrama.

India then further strengthened its grip on the game when Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Karunaratne and night watchman Suranga Lakmal in quick succession. Angelo Mathews and de Silva would resume action with bat on the final day.

Earlier, fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma helped India to recover from a shaky start to post 246 for 5 before declaring. India were in a spot of bother after being reduced to 29 for 2 before a 77-run stand between Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara calmed down the nerves in the dressing room. The duo was scoring at a brisk pace before Dhananjaya de Silva broke the stand by sending back Pujara for 49.

Kohli (50 off 58) and Rohit Sharma (50 off 49) then struck quick fifties to help India set an improbable target of 409 runs.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, had begun the proceedings with the bat on day four with the scoreboard reading 356 for 9.  With just one wicket remaining, Dinesh Chandimal took his chances and was the last man out for the visitors after playing a sublime knock of 164. The Islanders could manage to add only 17 runs to their overnight score before their captain was dismissed by Ishant Sharma.

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