India vs Sri Lanka: Cheteshwar Pujara wages lone battle as Dasun Shanaka adds to hosts' woes on Day 2

Cheteshwar Pujara came to India's rescue after Sri Lankan seamer Dasun Shanaka's twin strike had left the hosts gasping at 74 for five on a second consecutive rain-curtailed day of the opening Test in Kolkata on Friday.

PTI, Nov 17, 2017 19:25:59 IST

Kolkata: Cheteshwar Pujara came to India's rescue after Sri Lankan seamer Dasun Shanaka's twin strike had left the hosts gasping at 74 for five on a second consecutive rain-curtailed day of the opening Test in Kolkata on Friday.

After Suranga Lakmal's (3/5) exploits on the first day of the series opener, it was Shanaka's turn to steal the limelight on Friday as he removed Ajinkya Rahane (4) and Ravichandran Ashwin (4) to return with impressive figures of 2 for 23.

Pujara was the lone Indian batsmen to produce some fight against the Sri Lankan bowling attack on a green top in overcast conditions.

Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 47 off 102 deliveries at stumps on Day 2. AP

Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 47 off 102 deliveries at stumps on Day 2. AP

Pujara displayed impeccable defensive technique again, and struck only the errant deliveries to score during his unbeaten 47-run knock.

Shanaka took both the wickets in the morning but Pujara anchored India's first innings on testing overcast conditions at the Eden Gardens.

Coming on to bat at the score of eight, Pujara faced 102 deliveries and struck nine fours in his knock, three runs away from what could be a memorable half-century as the India No 3 built his innings with supreme resolve.

He patiently waited for loose balls as the visitors got maximum purchase from the Eden's green top, brilliantly aided by the overcast conditions.

Shanaka struck in his third over when he tempted Rahane for a drive and got a thin edge to the wicket-keeper. Next he evicted Ashwin after setting him up brilliantly as Pujara struggled to get a partnership going.

Reduced to 17/3 at stumps on Day 1 after Lakmal's sensational display of bowling, Indians were tested in the off-stump corridor by the Shanaka's probing length and bounce.

Indians preferred to take Lakmal with extreme caution as the Lankan new-ball bowler finally ended his overnight spell from the High Court End for 11-9-5-3.

On 24, Pujara was hit on his right thumb by a rising short-pitched delivery from Lahiru Gamage as he flung his gloves in pain in the 25th over.

In the next over, Pujara lost Ashwin as Shanaka set him up with a bouncer and followed it with a good length delivery that was cut straight to point by the Indian off-spinner.

But Pujara remained unperturbed and looked for loose deliveries and scored mainly through boundaries before the first session was halted by rain.

Lunch was taken 10 minutes ahead of schedule while it started pouring in the middle.

The heavens continued to pour, which meant no play was possible after lunch forcing the umpires to call off day's proceedings prematurely again.

After just 11.5 overs were bowled on Thursday, the Sri Lankan bowlers managed to get through 21 overs on the following day.

Updated Date: Nov 17, 2017 19:25:59 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254