3rd Test: India on Verge of Historic Series Win as Sri Lanka Crumble in Record Chase
India are eyeing their first Test series win in Sri Lanka in 22 years. Ishant Sharma picked up two wickets to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 67/3 on Day 4 of the third and final Test at SSC Colombo.
Fired-up India sighted their first series win in Sri Lanka for 22 years when the home team's top order collapsed during the decisive final Test in Colombo on Monday. (All AFP and Reuters images)
Sri Lanka, set a tough victory target of 386, lost three wickets for 21 runs before moving to 67 without further loss by stumps on a tense fourth day at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
Tempers flared in the final session as Ishant Sharma and the Sri Lankan fielders had a heated exchange after Dhammika Prasad bowled three consecutive bouncers to the Indian tailender.
Dinesh Chandimal nudged Sharma with his shoulder, forcing umpires Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker to step in to calm down the players.
Sharma, who was fined 65 percent of his match fee for misconduct during the second Test, vented his anger with the ball when Sri Lanka's second innings began.
Resolute batting by India's lower order had lifted their second innings to 274, with the last six wickets contributing 210 runs after the top four had fallen for 64.
The revival began with a 54-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Rohit Sharma (50) and Stuart Binny (49) before Ravichandran Ashwin smashed 58 to boost the total.
Rohit Sharma gifted his wicket soon after he reached his fourth Test half-century before lunch, hooking Prasad to Nuwan Pradeep on the fine-leg fence.
Prasad and Pradeep finished with four wickets each on a seaming pitch where 15 wickets had fallen on the third day.
India have not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 when Mohammad Azharuddin's men clinched a 1-0 victory.