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Four players charged for ICC breach

Sharma, Chandimal, Prasad and Thirimanne charged for breaching ICC code of conduct after fiery fourth day in Colombo

Four players have been charged by the International Cricket Council after a fiery fourth day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.

The ICC announced on Tuesday that India's Ishant Sharma and Sri Lankan trio Dinesh Chandimal, Dhammika Prasad and Lahiru Thirimanne have been charged for breaching its code of conduct. Further details will be revealed at the conclusion of the Test.

Tempers flared in the final session on Monday as Sharma and the Sri Lankan fielders had a heated exchange after Prasad bowled three consecutive bouncers to the Indian tailender.

Sharma responded by repeatedly tapping his hand on his helmet as he walked past the bowler, leading to a heated confrontation between the pair.

Ishant Sharma Prasad

Sharma and Prasad meet mid-pitch // Getty Images

Chandimal then moved in and nudged Sharma with his shoulder, forcing umpires Nigel Llong and Rod Tucker to step in to calm the players.

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

Ishant Sharma speaks to Chandimal

Chandimal moves in after Sharma and Prasad faced off // Getty Images

Sharma, who was fined 65 per cent of his match fee for misconduct during the second Test, vented his aggression with the ball when Sri Lanka's second innings began.

The lanky seamer had Chandimal caught by skipper Virat Kohli at second slip after the ball bounced out of third slip Lokesh Rahul's hands, and he celebrated by again forcefully hitting himself in the head mid-pitch.

Thiriamanne and umpire Nigel Llong

The umpires move in to cool the situation // Getty Images

Sri Lanka started the final day of the match 3-67 in their second innings, needing to bat out the day for a draw or score 386 to win the match and prevent India from claiming their first series win in the country for 22 years.

The series is locked at 1-1.

Live updates: All the details from the final day in Colombo

Ishant Sharma speaks to Thirimanne as Ashwin looks on

Thirimanne gets involved with Sharma and Ashwin // Getty Images