Dhananjaya de Silva’s heroic hundred and Roshen Silva’s gallant, unbeaten 74 helped secure Sri Lanka’s morale-boosting draw in final test against India, who won the three-match series 1-0.
Playing his first match in the series, de Silva batted through pain to score 119 before retiring hurt.
Dhananjaya De Silva’s third test century contained 15 boundaries and a six off Ashwin.
Debutant Silva and Niroshan Dickwella then batted out the final session as the tourists secured their second draw of the series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Sri Lanka, who finished on 299-5, could not chase down the 410-run victory target but played out of their skin to salvage some pride after being outplayed in the series.
India’s ninth consecutive Test series triumph puts the world number one into an elite club which also includes Australia and England.
India Captain Virat Kohli was awarded man of the match and man of the series for his excellent batting display.