Kolkata - Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal jolted India with three wickets,
including skipper Virat Kohli, to leave them reeling at 17-3 on a
rain-hit opening day of the first Test on Thursday.
Lokesh Rahul with the first ball of the match at Kolkata's Eden Gardens
and bowled six overs without conceding a run.
Put in after a long
rain delay that washed away the first session, India batted for only
11.5 overs before bad light ended the day.
Cheteshwar Punajara, on
eight, and Ajinkya Rahane, yet to open his account, were at the crease
after India suffered early blows on a green wicket that offered bounce
to the seamers.
Rahul edged a rising delivery from Lakmal to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella before the crowd had even settled.
paceman then took Shikhar Dhawan for eight, after the left-hander
dragged a moving delivery on to his stumps. That left the hosts on 13-2.
Sri Lankan fast bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake lauded Lakmal's efforts on a pitch he said was a "nightmare" for the batsmen.
am not sure if it's the best spell I have seen but (it is) one of the
finest I have seen for a long, long time," Ratnayake told reporters.
that the wicket was very receptive, it was very helpful and it's going
to be a big challenge... But the job isn't finished. It has only
"I believe it's a 50-50 chance for both teams and if
that's the option one wants to take as a fast bowler, as a fast bowling
coach, I would like to play on wickets like this. But it might be a
nightmare for the batsmen," the former paceman added.
was beaten by the moving ball on a few occasions, and Kohli tried to
establish themselves before bad light forced the umpires to call an
The break did India no good as Lakmal returned to trap Kohli lbw for an 11-ball zero.
in a desperate bid to avoid a rare duck in his glowing career, reviewed
the dismissal but replays suggested the ball would have clipped his leg
Soon Pujara, who played 43 of the 71 balls bowled in the
day, and Rahane complained of low visibility against the seamers and the
umpires halted play for the day.
India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said the world's number-one team was keen to challenge itself in every condition possible.
"We are happy to play on wickets like this. A team doesn't really want to play on easy conditions," Bangar said.
challenge ourselves and most players are open to such challenges. We
want to continue improving as a team," the former batsman said.
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.