Ishant Sharma banned for one Test after Sri Lanka row

India bowler Ishant Sharma
Sharma has played 65 Tests since making his debut in 2007

India's Ishant Sharma has been banned for one Test following an altercation with three Sri Lanka players during his side's series-sealing victory in Colombo.

The seamer, 26, was punished for giving a send-off to opener Upul Tharanga - his third offence in the three-match Test series which India won 2-1.

Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal has also been banned after barging Ishant.

His team-mates Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhammika Prasad received fines.

They lost 50% of their match fees for their conduct during the clash with Ishant.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma had to be spoken to while batting by umpire Nigel Llong

Prasad had bowled three consecutive bouncers to India tailender Ishant, who responded by smacking his helmet repeatedly.

As Ishant hurried off the field when the India innings ended, Prasad sprinted behind him and television pictures showed the two players speaking to each other outside the dressing rooms.

When he bowled, Ishant gave a big send-off to Tharanga and celebrated dismissing Chandimal by again striking his head.

Ishant will miss India's first Test against South Africa in Mohali from 5 November, with Chandimal suspended for the one-day international between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Colombo on 1 November.

India captain Virat Kohli said the incidents had benefitted his team because it fired up Ishant in Sri Lanka's second innings.

"An angry fast bowler is a captain's delight," Kohli said after his team's series-clinching 117-run victory at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

"It happened at the right time because we had to bowl after that. I was very happy that he had an aggressive mindset."

Ishant Sharma
Ishant struck his helmet with his hands after a number of bouncers had been bowled at him by Prasad
Sri Lanka
Both sides clashed over the incident and had to be separated by the umpires
Upul Tharanga
Upul Tharanga is given the send-off by Ishant and Virat Kohli which resulted in the former's suspension

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