Kolkata - Bad light and rain halted India's innings on the
opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday with the hosts
struggling on 17-2.
Put into bat after a long rain delay that washed away the
first session at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, only 8.2 overs were bowled before
fading light forced umpires to suspend play. Early tea was taken.
Cheteshwar Pujara, on eight and skipper Virat Kohli, who was
yet to open his account, were batting after India suffered early blows on a
Suranga Lakmal claimed Lokesh Rahul with the first ball of
the match. The batsman edged a rising delivery to wicketkeeper Niroshan
The paceman then took Shikhar Dhawan for eight, after the
left-hander dragged a moving delivery on his stumps.
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.