Sri Lanka loses early wicket, bats for survival on last day

Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya De Silva bats during the fifth day of their third test cricket match against India in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

India's wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, right, and Cheteshwar Pujara, center, smile as they hear captain Virat Kohli, left, call out to teammate Mohamm

India's Shikhar Dhawan, left, watches umpire Joel Wilson, right, checking the condition of the ball before asking for a new one during the fifth day o

India's Mohammed Shami, right, bowls a delivery during the fifth day of their third test cricket match against Sri Lanka in New Delhi, India, Wednesda

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dhananjaya de Silva scored 72 in an unbeaten 84-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal as Sri Lanka reached 119-4 at lunch on Wednesday, needing to survive two more sessions to draw the third test.

Still 291 runs behind, Sri Lanka's hopes of a series-leveling win here on day five were remote.

Starting from overnight at 31-3, Sri Lanka made good progress with 74 runs in the morning session despite losing first-inning century maker Angelo Mathews (1), who was caught at slip off Ravindra Jadeja (3-25).

Chandimal, unbeaten on 27, is hoping to repeat his first-innings effort where he batted for more than a day, amid air pollution at hazardous levels, to post his 10th test century and ensure Sri Lanka avoided the follow-on.

India has been in control of the third test since posting 536-7 declared in the first innings, when Virat Kohli scored 243 for his sixth double century as captain.

India leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning in Nagpur test by an innings and 239 runs. The first test in Kolkata was drawn.