Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

India win ninth Test series in a row after Sri Lanka draw

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NEW DELHI: India won a record ninth Test series in succession Wednesday after drawing the pollution-tainted third and final Test with Sri Lanka in New Delhi.

Top-ranked India won the series 1-0 to equal Australia s record of nine successive Test series victories, between 2005-2008.

The first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata had ended in a draw and the hosts won the second game by an innings and 239 runs.

But Sri Lanka salvaged some pride in the final match thanks to Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva, who defied the odds and held out for a draw.

The Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground was marred by severe pollution, with fast bowlers from both sides vomiting Tuesday amid thick smog.

In an unprecedented move, Sri Lankan players wore facemasks while fielding to combat the toxic air, which interrupted play on day two as the visitors protested the choking conditions.

“It was a tough time. The thing is, in Sri Lanka we are not used that, so that s why we struggled (on) the first two days,” said Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal.

“But after that we needed to continue the game. We told the boys we have to forget about that and we need to play the game.

“Today is a fantastic day. It feels like Sri Lanka,” quipped the captain, referring to the less smoggy weather Wednesday.

The US embassy website on Wednesday showed concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hit 234, better than a day earlier but still nearly nine times the World Health Organization s safe limit.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has said Delhi could be dropped as a venue during winter when pollution spikes.–Agencies

 

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