New Delhi: Less experienced Indian skipper Virat Kohli is virtually set to win his maiden Test series as visitors are in a commanding position in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo.
At stumps on Day 4, the home team was reeling at 67 for 3 in their 2nd innings. Now Lanka need 319 more runs to win the match or they have to bat the entire day to draw the three-match series, which is leveled at 1-1. Both the tasks are quite tough to achieve, especially on a 5th day of a Test.
However, few eyebrows were raised when the visitors played a bit too long on Day 4 to set up a target of 386. Knowing the weather conditions in the Island, it seemed as if India declared their 2nd innings a bit too late.
But the Indian pacers proved the decision correct as they were right on the money from the first ball. Spearhead of Indian bowling attack Ishant Sharma provided the first breakthrough in the opening over of the innings by getting the better of opener Upul Tharanga.
Speedster Umesh Yadav too wasted no time to earn his first wicket by sending back Dimuth Karunaratne back to the pavilion for a seventh-ball duck in the fourth over.
'Angry' Ishant, who had a few confrontations with Sri Lankan players in the day, soon gave the home team another blow in the form of Dinesh Chandimal to reduce Lanka to 21 for 3.
Considering the form Indian bowlers are in, it seems that tourists are just one step away from winning the series. However, the only thing that can possibly stop Kohli from winning his first Test series would be the weather that can play spoilsport on the final day.