After a valiant fightback from the Sri Lankans and Day 3, skipper Dinesh Chandimal opened the proceedings on the fourth day with his last batting partner in the name of Lakshan Sandakan. Chandimal, who roared back to his best with a magnificent ton the previous day, had the primary target of the taking the visitors past the 400 run mark.
The Sri Lankan scoreboard stood at 356 at the loss of 9 wickets when the umpires decided to put the bells off on the 3rd day. Unfortunately for the Lions, the team could not make it across the 400 run mark as skipper Dinesh Chandimal fell victim to a brilliant Ishant Sharma. The Sri Lanks saw their innings get restricted to a total of 373 which is their highest in the series. However, Chandimal managed to complete his 150 on the day with his 164 run inning at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
The Indians gave birth to their second innings with a lead of 163 runs to their name, but things did not go according to plan at the top. Man in form Murali Vijay who has been in sublime form after returning from a wrist injury, had to depart after adding just nine runs to the total. Ajinkya Rahane continued his failure with the bat as the elegant stroke player could chip in with just ten runs of his own. However, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara are rooted to the crease at the moment scoring 15 and 17 runs respectively.
The Indian total now stands at 51 runs for the loss of 2 wickets which saw their lead stretch to 214. Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera are the two Sri Lankan wicket-takers in the second innings. Despite the loss of two crucial wickets, it can be concluded that the Indians are in firm control of the actions at the Indian capital at lunch.