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India defeated Sri Lanka by 117 runs in the third and final cricket test in Colombo, to win a series on the island for the first time since 1993.

Chasing a target of 386 runs, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 268 in their second innings after tea on the fifth day despite a fighting 110 from skipper Angelo Mathews. Mathews and debutant Kusal Perera put on 135 for the sixth wicket, but the dismissal of both batsmen on either side of tea sealed Sri Lanka's fate at the Sinhalese sports club. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished with four for 69 to complete the series with 21 wickets. Seamer Ishant Sharma took three wickets in the innings. India clinched the series 2-1 after Sri Lanka won the opening test in Galle by 63 runs and the tourists drew level with a 278-run victory in the second match at the p. Sara oval in Colombo.


Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma and Sri Lankan players Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been charged by the ICC for their roles in several angry exchanges during the fourth day of the Colombo test.

Ishant and Prasad faced off during the final session of the fourth day when Ishant smacked his helmet repeatedly while running down the pitch, as if asking the bowler to aim at his head. Chandimal walked over from slip, his shoulder brushing Ishant's, and exchanged words with the batsman. Once India's innings ended and as Ishant ran back to the dressing room to get ready to bowl, Prasad followed him at a full sprint all the way back. These two incidents were the flash points of an ill-tempered passage of play that involved several stares and words being exchanged between Ishant and Sri Lanka's players.


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