Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1: Bad Light Stops Play, India In Trouble
India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1: Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal jolted India with three wickets, including skipper Virat Kohli, to leave them reeling at 17-3 on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test on Thursday.
Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal jolted India with three wickets, including skipper Virat Kohli, to leave them reeling at 17-3 on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test on Thursday. Lakmal claimed Lokesh Rahul with the first ball of the match at Kolkata's Eden Gardens and bowled six overs without conceding a run. Put in after a long rain delay that washed away the first session, India batted for only 11.5 overs before bad light ended the day. Cheteshwar Punajara, on eight, and Ajinkya Rahane, yet to open his account, were left at the end after India suffered early blows on a green wicket that offered bounce to the seamers. (Scorecard)
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16:28 IST: Day's play has been called off.
15:30 IST: WICKET! Suranga Lakmal takes his third, Virat Kohli departs for a duck. India 17/3 in 10.1 overs.
15:21 IST: Good news folks! The play has been resumed. Kohli and Pujara are making their way to the middle.
15:10 IST: Tea has been taken at Eden Gardens
14:26 IST: Bad light stops play at Eden Gardens.
14:21 IST: FOUR! Excellent shot from Pujara. The right-hander stands tall and drives the ball beautifully towards long-off. India 17/2 in 7.4 overs.
14:17 IST: Captain Virat Kohli comes to the crease now.
14:16 IST: WICKET! Suranga Lakmal strikes again, Shikhar Dhawan departs for 8 runs. India 13/2 in 6.2 overs.
14:09 IST: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara gets an outside edge and the ball races towards third man boundary. India 13/1 in 5.3 overs.
14:03 IST: FOUR! First boundary of the match. Shikhar Dhawan sends Gamage towards square of the wicket. India 8/1 in 4 overs.
13:51 IST: Lahiru Gamage comes into the attack.
13:49 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man at the crease.
13:45 IST: WICKET! Suranga Lakmal strikes on the first ball of the match. KL departs for a duck. India 0/1 in 0.1 over
13:43 IST: Good news folks! Rain has stopped. Covers are off. Players are on the field. It is time for action.
13:32 IST: Openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are making their way to the middle. And, the drizzle is back. Covers are coming on.
13:28 IST: It's time for national anthems.
13:13 IST: PLAYING XIs:
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
13:00 IST: TOSS: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal opts to field against India at Eden Gardens.
12:48 IST: Good news! The covers have been removed. TOSS at 1 PM. Tea will be taken at 3:30 PM and the play can continue till 5:30 PM.
12:35 IST: Next inspection at 12.45 PM.
11:32 IST: It's Lunch at Eden Gardens. Umpires will have another inspection at 12:10 pm.
10:50 IST: The rain has stopped. Covers are coming off.
10:19 IST: Drizzle playing hide and seek at Eden Gardens.
09:50 IST: And, it is raining again. The covers are back on.
09:39 IST: Good news folks! Not drizzling anymore. Ground staff are taking the covers off.
09:27 IST: It is still drizzling in Kolkata. The covers stay on.
09:15 IST: The super soppers are mopping up the outfield at Eden Gardens.
08:55 IST: Toss has been delayed due to wet outfield.
08:42 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the opening day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
There is a possibility of rain threat after home team's morning practice session was called off after a spell of shower. The Met office has predicted rain till November 18 under the influence of a well-marked low-pressure area that is making its way up the Bay of Bengal along the Indian coast and the series-opener may be a curtailed affair. There will be no let up from Team India, who are taking this series as a preparation for the gruelling two-month long South Africa tour where they play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is beginning with Cape Town Test on January 5.
India look supremely confident at home barring a couple of selection dilemma looking at the Eden's seemingly green top strip which may pave the way for the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in a likely three-plus-two bowling combination. Bhuvneshwar last played a Test against Australia in Dharamsala in March this year and looked in good rhythm during India's practice sessions. He may join the other two pace duo of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami. In the spin line-up, India may stick to their third Test line-up in Pallekele where chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav made way for left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.