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Sri Lanka reduced to 31/3 in pursuit of 410 in Kotla Test on Day 4

New Delhi: India reduced Sri Lanka to 31/3 at stumps after setting a target of 410 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Tuesday.
Earlier in the morning session, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 373 in their first innings, conceding a lead of 163 runs to India.
Resuming the day at 356/9, visiting captain Chandimal hit three fours before guiding a bouncer from pacer Ishant to Dhawan at third-man in the sixth over of the day. He hit 21 fours and a six. Lakshan Sandakan was unbeaten on zero.
India's second innings got off to a poor start as Vijay edged Lakmal in the third over to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.
Incoming batsman Rahane (10) struggled during his brief 37-ball stay as he continued his poor run in the series. Thanks to DRS, he survived twice.
Seamer Suranga Lakmal had got the umpire's favour in a LBW appeal against Rahane but the latter sought DRS, which showed that the ball had missed the leg stump in the fifth over.
Then, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera too thought his LBW appeal was a success against the Mumbai right-hander but the DRS saved him in the ninth over.
However, Rahane couldn't make it count as he was caught by Sandakan at long-on off tweaker Dilruan.
In between, the controversial issue of air pollution flared up again in the match, with visiting seamer Lakmal going off the ground after vomiting. The Sri Lankans came out fielding wearing anti-pollution masks.
Lakmal had bowled only three overs when he was seen vomiting on the field, prompting the physio to run to the field. After consultation, the pacer went off the ground. However, he returned to bowl four overs later.

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