Indian batsmen, with the exception of Cheteshwar Pujara, were left rattled as Sri Lankan bowlers continued their mayhem on Day 2 of the rain-affected first Test in Kolkata. The India No. 3 notched up his 16th half-century as India continued to rebuild. Fans would hope for more play on the third day as India continue their fight under overcast conditions. For the visitors, Suranga Lakmal and Dasun Shanaka have taken three wickets and two wickets respectively. Get live cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 here. (LIVE SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING INFO)
9:33 hrs IST: Lakmal continues to bowl a fine spell as he troubles Pujara and Saha. His figures read 13-11-5-3
9:27 hrs IST: There is still some movement off the pitch and there is a bit of lateral movement. For the first time in two days, Kolkata awakes to sunshine. It is clearing up and there is plenty of blue sky. This will be great for cricket fans.
9:19 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara notches up his 16th fifty in Tests with a sweep off Rangana Herath. What a batting exhibition on a tough pitch. Well played, Pujara.
9:10 hrs IST: Pujara has good company in Wriddhiman Saha, who slammed two fifties on a difficult Kolkata pitch last year and was named the Man of the Match. He will once again be the key.
8:55 hrs IST: There is still some assistance for the bowlers on a wicket that has plenty of moisture.
8:47 hrs IST: The outfield is in great shape. There are no covers, but it is overcast. Another day for the bowlers to prosper.
8:38 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is nearing a 16th fifty in Tests. In demanding conditions, he has proven to be head and shoulders above the rest. That is what a County Cricket experience does to you, bat in most conditions.
8:14 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka from the Eden Gardens. We have had two days ruined by rain and the forecast today is not too promising. It is currently overcast but it is not raining. However, rain is predicted later in the day.
Steady showers had allowed just 11.5 overs on the first day of the three-match series and the heavens opened once more on Friday to initially force an early lunch and then wash out the final two sessions with India reeling on 74 for five.
When play was called off, Pujara, a model of concentration, stood three runs short of a 16th Test fifty, a knock he would be proud of considering the conditions at Eden Gardens.
The visitors continued to plunder wickets between the showers in search of a first Test win against their hosts in India.
Sri Lanka’s first change bowler Dasun Shanaka dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin, both for four, to compound India’s woes after the hosts had resumed on 17-3 under an overcast sky on Day 2.
With more rain predicted on Day 3, it remains to be seen how much game is possible. But Indian batsmen would hope to hold fort and that the team towards a decent total.