Colombo, August 31: With an end of the fourth day of game between India and Sri Lanka, on Tuesday it would be the judgment day for both teams, as it would be the last day of the last test match, which would either give India an opportunity to rise up in the test ranking of ICC or will be again a down fall.
With getting bowled out at 274 in their second innings, set a target of 386 runs to chase to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Indian pacers claimed three early wickets to peg the hosts on the backfoot in last session.
However, after being left reeling on 21 for three by the Ishant Sharma-led attack, Kaushal Silva (24*) and Angelo Mathews (22*) revived the innings and took the home team to stumps at 67 for three.
With the match precariously poised, India need seven wickets while SL require 319 runs on the last day to win the match and series.
After resuming on 21 for three on the fourth morning, India added 111 runs to the tally with Rohit Sharma guiding the innings for the better part of the morning en route to a timely fifty before returning to the dressing room at the stroke of Lunch.
The lower middle-order then added 102 in the second session with Amit Mishra contributing useful 39 runs while holding-up one end. Ravichandran Ashwin’s 58-run knock, the highest individual score for the visitors in the second innings then helped India set the hosts a formidable target.
Edges flew, fell short of the slips as pacers built up the pressure. Then, with SL on 21, Ishant drew an edge from Chandimal through to the slips, where KL Rahul juggled at third slip before Virat Kohli diving in from second took a tough catch.
With the lead on 229, Naman Ojha came to the middle and with Binny saw the team through to Lunch at 132 for five.
28 runs were added to the tally post lunch until Binny was back in the pavilion for 49. The all-rounder edged Prasad to the slips and Tharanga took a good catch to end the stand for 42 runs. With Mishra, who had scored a vital half-century in the first innings, Ojha soldiered on.
At 234 for eight, Ashwin, who was looking in good nick resumed the Indian innings in the last session with Yadav to add to the already comfortable lead.
After end of an fourth day of third test, Rohit Sharma to lead the press conference said “What happens outside is irrelevant to me. What is going to help my cricket is working hard”. He further said “Things have been up and down. But as long as I am enjoying my cricket, nothing can stop me”.
Similarly, also when asked about the argument between Ishant Sharma, R hearth and Dhammika Prasad, on this, Rohit said “Not an issue, they're good friends”.