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De Silva helps Sri Lanka force draw, India win series

Reuters
Friday, December 08, 2017

NEW DELHI - Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva struck a heroic hundred and Roshen Silva made a gallant unbeaten 74 to help secure a morale-boosting draw in the final Test against India, who won the three-match series 1-0 yesterday. Playing his first match in the series, de Silva braved a thigh injury to score 119 before retiring hurt.

Debutant Silva and Niroshan Dickwella then batted out the final session as the tourists secured their second draw of the series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

The tourists, who finished on 299-5, could not chase down the 410-run victory target but battled suprerbly to salvage some pride after being outplayed in the series.

India's ninth straight Test series triumph puts the world number one side into an elite club with Australia and England.

"When you're not able to finish off in the second innings after having them three down on day four is disappointing," India captain Virat Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.

"But they played well, they showed composure and confidence," added the batsman who was given the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards.

Resuming the final day on a precarious 31-3, Sri Lanka lost Angelo Mathews early in the morning session .








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