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16-Nov-2017 11:04:00 GMT
India v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Kolkata, day 1

Lakmal rattles India in rain truncated day

India 17 for 3 (Lakmal 3-0)

Kolkata: Bad light and rain halted Sri Lanka process as India struggling with 17-3 on the opening day of the first Test at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Put into bat after a long rain delay that washed away the first session at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, only 11.5 overs were bowled before fading light forced umpires to suspend play.

Cheteshwar Pujara, on eight and vice captain Ajiyanka Rahane, who was yet to open his account, were batting after India suffered early blows on a green wicket.

Suranga Lakmal claimed Lokesh Rahul with the first ball of the match. The batsman edged a rising delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

The paceman then took Shikhar Dhawan for eight, after the left-hander dragged a moving delivery on his stumps. The seamer also picked up key wicket of Indian Skipper on duck.

Rain had been falling in Kolkata for two days before the match. It started raining again as the players left the field and ground staff covered the wicket.

Sri Lanka, who lost three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international in a home series against India from July to September, are searching for their first Test win in India.

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