Dhananjaya defies India with gutsy ton

Dhananjaya defies India with gutsy ton

December 6, 2017   01:25 pm

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  Dhananjaya de Silva registered his third century and defied Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team as Sri Lanka looked to survive on the final day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

de Silva, who replaced the out-of-form Lahiru Thirimanne, completed his century in 190 deliveries with one sixer and 14 boundaries. This is his first century against India. 

He became the 9th Sri Lankan to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test match. 

Resuming at 13, de Silva scored just three runs in the first six overs of the day before cutting loose with consecutive boundaries off pace bowler Ishant Sharma.

The Sri Lankan No. 3, playing his 11th Test, even looked good against spinners, using his feet well against Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin and depositing three (balls) towards fence.

The visitors lost Angelo Mathews early on the final day, with birthday boy Jadeja getting the better of the former Sri Lanka captain, who slammed a hundred in the first innings.

Sri Lanka have been set a 410-run target by Virat Kohli’s side.  They are currently at 176/5.

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