Kolkata - India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara stood firm against
a persistent Sri Lankan pace attack as the hosts took lunch at 74-5 on day two
of the rain-hit first Test on Friday.
Fast bowler Dasun Shanaka struck twice on a cloudy morning
session at Kolkata's Eden Gardens as the hosts struggled to improve on their
overnight score of 17-3.
Pujara, batting on 47, and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman
Saha, on six, were at the crease when rain interrupted play and umpires called
for early lunch.
Pujara's overnight partner Ajinkya Rahane became Shanaka's
first victim after being caught behind for four after a tentative 21-ball stay
at the crease.
Shanaka, playing just his second Test since his debut
against England at Leeds last year, also got Ravichandran Ashwin, for four, and
put the hosts in trouble at 50-5.
But Pujara, starting the day on eight, started to thwart the
Sri Lankan attack, hitting nine boundaries during his 102-ball stay so far.
Meanwhile first day hero Suranga Lakmal (3-5) conceded his
first runs in this innings after 46 balls.
The paceman claimed three Indian wickets, including that of
skipper Virat Kohli, in the 11.5 overs that were possible on a weather-hit
opening day of the three-match series.