India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1: Lakmal torments India amidst the rain and bad light

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Suranga Lakmal bowled six maidens and took three wickets on the opening day

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Only 11.5 overs of play was possible on the first day in Kolkata, but that was enough for Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal to rip through India’s top order.

With the start of play delayed due to stop-and-start drizzles, the toss finally occurred at 1pm and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal opted to bowl first due to the overcast conditions.

Needless to say he wouldn’t have expected a wicket off the first ball of the match, but that was exactly what happened as India opener Lokesh Rahul was caught behind off the bowling of Lakmal for a golden duck.

Rahul’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan also failed to have an impact with the bat as he was clean bowled by Lakmal for eight runs.

Not long after, the players left the field due to bad light and inclement weather. However, about an hour later, they returned and Lakmal was once again looking menacing.

His impeccable line and length paid dividends once again as he trapped India skipper Virat Kohli lbw for a duck. Even though Kohli reviewed the decision, it did not save him from having to trudge back to the pavilion.

The very next over, bad light stopped play again and this time, the players didn’t return as the umpires brought proceedings to an end.

Cheteshwar Pujara finished unbeaten on eight off 43 balls, which included two boundaries, while Ajinkya Rahane has yet to get off the mark.

Lakmal, whose six overs were all maidens, was the only bowler to take any wickets.

India ended day one on 17/3 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:15 local time or 03:45 GMT.

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