New Delhi - Sri
Lanka were reeling on 31/3 while chasing a daunting 410-run victory
target on Tuesday in a pollution-tainted third Test in New Delhi blighted
by scenes of bowlers vomiting on the ground.
SCORECARD: India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test - Day 4
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja struck twice in an over to rattle
the visitors, who must bat out three more sessions to save the match and
draw the series with top-ranked India.
Dhanajaya de Silva was on 13 and Angelo Mathews had yet to open his
account when bad light stopped play at the smoggy Feroz Shah Kotla
Fast bowler Mohammad Shami dismissed opener Sadeera Samarawickrama
off a roaring bouncer but stopped in mid-over to vomit, crouching down
and then gulping water.
He went on to complete the over but left the field shortly afterwards.
In the morning session it was Sri Lankan paceman Suranga Lakmal who
threw up twice. He went to the dressing room briefly but returned to the
field, bowling 14 overs and taking one wicket.
Groundsmen rushed in to cover the spot with sand and sawdust as smog
in the heavily polluted Indian capital took centre stage for a fourth
day in a row.
A doctor at the stadium examined three Sri Lankan players and said their vital signs were normal.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who made 50, declared India's second innings on
246-5 after Rohit Sharma reached his half-century in the final session,
setting the visitors a formidable victory target.
No Test team has chased down 410 since 2003, when the West Indies defeated Australia after making 418 runs.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scored in India's second innings with 67 on
an easy wicket. Apart from Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dilruwan Perera,
Lakshan Sandakan and Dhananjaya de Silva took a wicket each.
Earlier, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 373, conceding a 163-run lead to India who had declared on 536 for seven.
But it was the hazardous smog in Delhi that again dominated the day.
The US embassy website showed concentrations of the smallest and most
harmful particles at 398 - 15 times the World Health Organisation's
safe limit. Conditions were even worse on Monday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said late Monday that New
Delhi could be dropped as a venue during winter, when pollution across
the region spikes.
BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said venues would be reconsidered
"in view of the situation which was encountered in the last two to three
"The BCCI has been sensitive on the smog and fog matter over the years," he added.