India and Sri Lanka cricketers caught out by smog in Delhi

Nick Lee

Angelo Mathews, on 57, and skipper Dinesh Chandimal, on 25, put together an unbeaten 56-run stand after the visitors lost their top three to an inspired Indian bowling attack. His reaction was similar to Sri Lankan seamers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage.

India are closing in on a 2-0 series victory after setting the tourists a massive target of 410 and reducing them to 3-31 at stumps on day four.

"Shami is fine. You will see him in action tomorrow", Dhawan told the media after the end of play.

The US embassy website showed concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants in Delhi had hit 384 - 15 times the World Health Organisation (WHO) maximum - before returning to levels considered just "unhealthy". Such high levels of of pollution decrease the oxygen-absorbing efficiency of the lungs which definitely affects a cricketer's performance as the game of cricket is an intense activity. "(But) it is our responsibility to play and focus on cricket", said the left-handed batsman who belongs to Delhi.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan sympathised with the Sri Lankans but felt it was not bad enough to stop play. "If Sri Lanka Cricket had concerns regarding scheduling, they didn't express them to us", he added.

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Woods, who stated post-round that he was happiest about his driving this week, played his final 45 holes in level-par. Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for third place on 12 under.

Dhawan (67), Virat Kohli (50) and Rohit Sharma (50 not out) all made half- centuries as India then declared their second innings on 264 for for five in the 53rd over.

Brief Scores: India 536/7 December vs Sri Lanka 192/3 (Angelo Mathews 90 not out, Dinesh Chandimal 52 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 1/40).

"We will try our best to go for the win tomorrow".

The Press Trust of India said it was the first time in the 140-year history of Test cricket that an worldwide side had taken to the field in face masks.

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