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3rd Test: India dominate after setting 410 target

By Unnikrishnan
India dominated the fourth day

New Delhi, December 5: India dominated the fourth day of the third Test against Sri Lanka with bat and ball to position themselves in a prime place to win the match at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday (December 5).

India wasted little time in plucking the last Sri Lankan wicket in the morning - skipper Dinesh Chandimal holed out to Shikhar Dhawan at third man off Ishant Sharma for a well compiled 164.

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The Sri Lankan first innings total of 373 meant that they conceded a first innings lead of 163 runs. However, on a pitch that did not hide any demons, the Sri Lankan batsmen just needed to hang on for little over an hour.

But they could not do that. The Indian bowlers showed their true class - giving nothing away to the Lankan batsmen and grabbing three wickets to leave the visitors tottering at 31 for three in 16 overs. The Islanders are still in need of 379 runs to chase down Indian target and the match could go only one way from this point.

The standout Indian bowlers were pacer Mohammad Shami and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Shami produced a fiery spell of fast bowling on a slow Kotla pitch and his dismissal of Sadeera Samarawickrama pushed the mind back to the glory days of West Indian fast bowlers - a searing bouncer taking the gloves of ducking batsmen to end with Ajinkya Rahane at third slip.

Jadeja later returned to claim two wickets - Dimuth Karunaratne and nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal - to push Sri Lanka further back.

The smog, however, returned to affect some of the players on Tuesday. Shami was seen throwing up at the ground after bowling a fiery spell late in the day.

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