In the afternoon session several of Sri Lanka's players walked into the smoggy conditions wearing masks and two of their bowlers, Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal, left the pitch after finding it hard to breathe. Delhi's air quality, meanwhile, continued to remain in the "very poor" category today.
The net is closing in on Sri Lanka's hopes of saving the series with India after they finished day four 31-3 in pursuit of a mammoth target of 410.
Dhawan said the air pollution was not a major issue but admitted that the Sri Lankans may have been troubled by the poor air quality.
The US embassy website showed concentrations of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants in Delhi had hit 384 - 15 times the World Health Organisation (WHO) maximum - before returning to levels considered just "unhealthy". But we as a group have a job on our hand.
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"I can't deny there is pollution in Delhi", he said. "(But) it is our responsibility to play and focus on cricket", said the left-handed batsman who belongs to Delhi. "If Sri Lanka Cricket had concerns regarding scheduling, they didn't express them to us", he added.
Resuming overnight on 356 for nine in their first innings, Sri Lanka were all out for 373 when captain Dinesh Chandimal was caught by Shikhar Dhawan off Ishant Sharma for 164.
Brief Scores: India 536/7 December vs Sri Lanka 192/3 (Angelo Mathews 90 not out, Dinesh Chandimal 52 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 1/40).
That gave India around half the evening session to begin extracting the tourists and Ravindra Jadeja's two wickets led good progress towards a 2-0 series win, leaving Sri Lanka battling to avoid another heavy defeat in the third and final Test.
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