Dhawan sympathises with Sri Lanka over Delhi smog

India batsman Shikhar Dhawan offered rare sympathy towards Sri Lanka in their plight against the Delhi smog as the hosts close in on a Test series win.

Virat Kohli's side need to take seven wickets on Wednesday at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground to wrap up victory and win the three-match series 2-0. Sri Lanka require a highly unlikely 379 runs to salvage the contest. 

Scores north of 150 for Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and Dinesh Chandimal and a first ton in over two years for Angelo Mathews have played second fiddle in the headlines behind smog's impact on the match.

Sri Lanka's players have taken to the field wearing pollution masks and Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage were forced off due to vomiting on Sunday.

India quick Mohammed Shami also fell ill on Tuesday, having taken the first wicket of Sri Lanka's second innings, and Dhawan took a differing view to that of India's bowling coach Bharat Arun, who dismissed the climactic conditions' impact on the game.

"Maybe in Sri Lanka the pollution is not that high," Dhawan told a news conference. 

"There are more beaches in Sri Lanka. It's natural that coastal areas won't have so much air pollution.

"Of course, they may be feeling discomfort. And it is not as if there is no pollution. I won't hide that. It is what it is. 

"Maybe they are feeling it more, I don't know. 

"Maybe they are not used to this, but there will be many in our team who are not used to this pollution.

"They come from other states. But whatever our job is, we fulfil it. Nothing should come in the way of your work. That's my thinking. All of us are not from Delhi so it is the same for them as Sri Lankans."

One such player was Shami, but Dhawan expects to see the quick back in action on Wednesday, saying: "You will see him on the ground."

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