NEW DELHI — Debutant Sri Lankan Roshen Silva batted for 184 minutes on day five of the third test between India and Sri Lanka in Delhi Dec. 6 to force a draw.
During the game, players endured air pollution that forced some to wear face masks during play and made several players vomit.
Chasing 410, Sri Lanka was placed at 299-5 when play was called off with seven overs remaining in the mandatory hour of play. At stumps, Silva was unbeaten on 74 while Niroshan Dickwella was 44 not out.
India had scored 536-7d and 246-5d in their two innings. Sri Lanka had made 373 in the first innings.
As a result, India won the three-match series 1-0 after winning in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs. The first test in Kolkata was drawn.
Virat Kohli was named man of the match for his sixth double hundred (243) in the first innings. He was also man of the series for scoring 610 runs in three tests.
Sri Lanka’s cricket board has complained to the sport’s governing body about the poor air quality its players have been compelled to endure in the Indian capital New Delhi.
Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said Sri Lanka Cricket made the complaint Dec. 5 to the International Cricket Council, saying “we can’t play like this as four players had vomited” due to the pollution.
He said the ICC had informed them that it will take necessary steps.
Sri Lanka’s cricketers wore face masks during the match and the bowlers complained of shortness of breath.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal said after the match that conditions had affected players.
“The pollution situation didn’t help. But after some time we realised it would not go away by talking. So we decided to focus on the game instead. We will leave it up to the Sri Lankan board to decide if they want us to play in Delhi again. If they schedule a match here, we will come and play here. This decision is not up to us,” he added, about the pollution situation experienced during this match.
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara said: “Pollution was there. There were frequent interruptions, which weren’t really desirable. But as a team we don’t focus on whether the conditions are adverse or not. We aim to play and win the game.” he added.
The two teams will now play a three-match ODI series followed by a three-match T20 contest. The first ODI will be played in Dharamsala Dec. 10.