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Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 at Kolkata: Hosts 74/5 at stumps

Date: Thursday,14 December 2017 22:50 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Sri Lanka in India 3 Test Series 2017 1st Test Match Result India drew with Sri Lanka

172/10
Overs
59.3
R/R
2.9
Fours
26
Sixes
1
Extras
10
294/10
Overs
83.4
R/R
3.53
Fours
40
Sixes
0
Extras
9
352/8
Overs
88.4
R/R
3.98
Fours
39
Sixes
4
Extras
12
75/7
Overs
26.3
R/R
2.85
Fours
9
Sixes
2
Extras
2
  • So that is it from us today. It was a frustrating day just like Day 1. Let's hope the train stays away tomorrow and we get a full day's action. Do join us on Day 3. For now, it's time to say Ta-ta.

  • Watch our correspondent Vaibhav Shah review Day 2's play live from the Eden Gardens.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    If yesterday belonged to Lakmal, today it was Shanaka's day. The Sri Lankan medium pacer bagged the wickets of Rahane and Ashwin, pushing the hosts further on the backfoot. 

    Solid as ever, Pujara still keeps the hopes of an Indian recovery alive with the very able Saha for company.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    There we have it. It was highly unlikely after the heavy rains in the afternoon for the ground to be game ready. 

    In fact, even if it doesn't rain from this moment onwards, it cannot be said with assurance that the match will begin on time tomorrow.

  • Day 2's play has been called off due to incessant rains. Only 21 overs were possible today. India as well as Sri Lanka must be left frustrated. Just when Pujara was getting into his groove, it started raining. He will have to go through the process of getting set once again tomorrow. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    The super soppers are back on the covered ground, while it continues rain.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    A few avid fans gather around the railing, shouting Virat Kohli's name and have been crying their voices hoarse. They are probably celebrating getting a wave or perhaps making eye contact with Kohli. With no cricket available at the moment, all fans want is just one teeny-tiny glimpse.

    The rain has got heavier. Incessant rainfall has forced spectators who had been sitting under their umbrellas, to move out from their seats and take cover under the roof.

  • Chances of play resuming looking bleak. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Rain or no rain, Sudhir Gautam is the man for all seasons, the fans keep flocking around the most popular fan of the Indian cricket Team and he is happy to oblige them.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Well, some more rains. You gotta feel for the ground staff, they had been working since past one hour but the skies have opened up again. 

    Spectators run into the shed while few create their own.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Despite the all hard work and efforts of the groundsmen, the progress at Eden is pretty slow.  There is way too much water over the covers let alone under it.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    This region, in particular, is the main concern, with as many as six men being deployed to mop the large volume of water accumulated.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    And super soppers are at work straightaway. They leave one after the other and all four will be in operation in a couple of minutes. The water accumulated over the covers have to be dried out first and only then will they be able to dry the outfield.

    That's a lot of work!

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Finally some respite as the rain has stopped for the time being. Umpire Anil Chaudhary and the pitch curator venture out on to the cover-laden field. 

    Evident puddles are formed all across the ground, especially near the boundary, forcing them to tip-toe over it. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    The second session was supposed to start by 12 but with the ongoing rains, there is no chance we are starting anytime soon.

    The picture of Eden Gardens is no different to what you have seen for the most part of yesterday.

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  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Late showers were forecast in the day but it has disturbed the play in the first session a tad earlier than expected.

    And the downpour is no more a breezy little drizzle, it has got heavier. This will surely affect the play in the subsequent session.

  • Lunch has been taken early at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rain had halted play and the officials have decided to take lunch 10 minutes before the scheduled time. 

  • The light rain has reduced slightly but the entire ground is getting covered, we might have an early lunch is what I feel.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Sri Lanka have enjoyed another successful passage of play. 

    While the ever-so doughty Pujara has stood tall.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Cheteshwar Pujara is doing what he is known for doing. He is the perfect example for all the batsmen who want to stay at the crease for a long time on this pitch. 

  • Uh-oh, rain halts play. it has started raining steadily and the umpires have decided to stop the play. The groundsmen rush towards the centre. Covers are back on.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    The drizzle is getting heavier and reserve umpire Anil Chaudhary has come out and standing close to the boundary. The umpires look at each he and the ground staff looks towards them so does the crowd.

  • After 32 overs,India 73/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 47 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 5)

    Eleven off the over. India are moving on and that's partly because Sri Lanka have failed to sustain the pressure from either end. Pujara is also closing in on a fifty. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    The crowd loved the single that Pujara stole there. He knows runs are hard to come by on this wicket. He's making most of the part timer's loose deliveries and is not letting any opportunity go away. This is smart and efficient batting.

  • FOUR! Again short and outside off and Saha thrashes it through point. 

  • FOUR! Short ball at 120 km. Pujara would accept it all day long. Pulls it powerfully to vacant square leg region. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Discipline is the key for batsmen now. As long as they don't play loose shots, they are good. The pitch still a challenge. But bowling has eased off. Slow medium pacers, the non-regulars are at work. Pujara moving towards a superb, hard-fought half century. 

  • After 31 overs,India 61/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 40 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    Gamage continues. His second ball is slightly short and on the sticks, Pujara nudges it past midwicket to rotate the strike. Saha defends three balls consecutively and then Gamage bowls a jaffa. Full and swinging away, Saha gets tempted for a drive and is beaten on the outside edge. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    And here comes the rain again! Thick, huge dark clouds moving towards the Eden Gardens.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    At the start of the 30th over Pujara was livid with the few spectators moving behind the bowler's arm. This has happened more than a couple of times in his innings. Never seen Pujara charge down in so much anger.

    No doubt he slaps the next ball through the covers for a four.

    We have completed 30 overs in a Test and into the 31st, yet no signs of Herath or for that matter any spin. And yes, the Test is happening in India.

  • After 30 overs,India 60/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 39 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    Pujara cuts the first ball to the cover fence with disdain and then collects a single. Ball three is short of a length and around off, Saha looks to flirt with it and gets squared up. Does well to not edge it to the keeper. However, he plays the rest of the over confidently.

  • FOUR! A loosener first up. Short and offers width, Pujara cuts it through covers. 

  • Bowling change. No it is not Herath but Karunaratne. 

  • After 29 overs,India 55/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 34 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    No sign of spin. The Lankan pacers are bowling their hearts out. Pujara tucks the third ball through midwicket for a single. He wanted a second but fails to get it. Saha leaves the fourth ball before inside edging the fifth onto his thigh pad. He also shoulders his arms to sixth ball. 

  • After 29 overs,India 55/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 34 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    No sign of spin. The Lankan pacers are bowling their hearts out. Pujara tucks the third ball through midwicket for a single. He wanted a second but fails to get it. Saha leaves the fourth ball before inside edging the fifth onto his thigh pad. He also shoulders his arms to sixth ball. 

  • After 28 overs,India 54/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 33 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    Saha to face his first ball. It is a half-volley and Saha digs it out towards gully. He would want to take his time on this pitch. Plays out the over. 

  • After 27 overs,India 54/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 33 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 0)

    Four off the over. Saha and Pujara have batted India out of trouble before. Remember Ranchi against Australia? Or the Rest of India final against Gujarat? The thing is they need to do it again. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Just checked my watch, then my phone, followed by the main clock at the stadium and I can assure you that everything is wrong. The whole world is a lie, cause it reads 10:36. 

  • FOUR! Pujara has waited for the bad balls but cashed in on it. He drives it through mid off. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    And Ravichandran Ashwin drove the ball straight to the point. Shanaka gets his second breakthrough of the day. The local man Saha is at the crease and he has a big task on his hand now. 

  • Vedam Jaishankar, Journalist and commentator

    Awful to see two batsmen gifting their wickets to Shanaka's lollipop bowling. Ashwin's drive to a wide delivery without getting close to the pitch of the ball was as shoddy as it gets. Lack of discipline is pathetic. What an idiotic shot selection from Ashwin on a pitch like this.

  • After 26 overs,India 50/5 ( Cheteshwar Pujara 29 , )

    ​The over begins with a boundary. These loose balls are not helping Sri Lanka. Maybe Chandimal should look to bring Herath into the attack. India cross the 50-run mark with a single. Oops! Spoke too early, have I? Shanaka has just scalped India's fifth. 

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    Ashwin wasn't able to rotate the strike since the boundary he had scored off his fourth ball and clearly seemed frustrated. Despite senior partner Pujara's constant chatter, Ashwin couldn't resist the temptation and he has thrown it away. Similar to Rahane, Ashwin departs after spending some time at the crease while falling for the same score (4) and to the same bowler - Shanaka.

    The Kolkata crowd isn't too perturbed as local boy Wriddhiman Saha walks out. India in deep trouble.

  • OUT! 50/5! Ashwin has throwed his wicket away. He looked to slice a length ball but found the point fielder. India in deep trouble now. Shanaka has his second.

  • Vaibhav Shah, Firstpost Correspondent in Kolkata

    No sign of the sun breaking through the thick and grey cloud cover. But whatever light rain that hovered, has passed.

  • FOUR! There it is. The mandatory loose ball in Shanaka's over. A half-volley and Pujara drives it through covers. 

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 in Kolkata: Day 2's play has been called off due to incessant rains. Only 21 overs were possible today. India, as well as Sri Lanka, must be left frustrated. Just when Pujara was getting into his groove, it started raining. He will have to go through the process of getting set once again tomorrow.

Day 1 report: Pacer Suranga Lakmal took three wickets to shave off India's top order and reduce them to 17/3 at stumps on a heavily rain-truncated opening day of the Test at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.

Play was stopped for three and a half hours after light drizzle, coupled with the wet outfield, forced covers to remain on the field throughout the morning. After a delayed toss, the proceedings had to be halted thrice due to bad light.

India's Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal. Agencies

India's Virat Kohli and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal. Agencies

Of the 11.5 overs bowled over 60 minutes of play that was possible, the tourists had the hosts on the mat from the word go. At stumps, which was called early due to bad light, India were reeling at 17/3.

Lakmal (3/0) accounted for opener Lokesh Rahul (0) on the very first delivery, also taking the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (8 off 11; 1x4) and captain Virat Kohli (0 off 11) in a spell of devastating swing bowling courtesy the seam-friendly wicket.

Rahul's golden duck ended his streak of seven consecutive Test fifties. A seaming delivery squared on the Karnataka right-hander inside the crease, forcing Rahul to edge the delivery which had extra bounce away from his body to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

At the other end, Dhawan dragged the ball onto his stumps the only time he was brought to his front foot by Lakmal.

Pujara got his first runs after 21 balls, pushing at a delivery short of a good length which went for a four towards the third man boundary.

The conditions were tough to bat even for the in-form and technically sound Saurashtra batsman. He was searching for the ball which nipped back off the deck rather late.

At tea, India were 17/2 with Pujara (8) and Kohli (0) at the crease after only 43 minutes of play.

In the final session, Pujara, who came into the Test scoring a double ton against Jharkhand and 182 versus Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy, was the only batsman who looked to be settling down on a wicket which had a lot of zip.

To a Lahiru Gamage half-volley, Pujara played a classy drive past mid-off before the right-arm fast bowler got back with a gem of a delivery in the next ball that moved in at the batsman.

However, he witnessed his captain Kohli depart after an 11-ball stay, falling plumb to a superb Lakmal delivery which held its line as Kohli played for the outswing.

With inputs from IANS




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119

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