Indian batsmen crumble, Pujara the only one cemented

While Indian batsmen crumbled to the Indian bowling, it was only Pujara who kept himself at the crease despite the fall of wickets from the other end against Sri Lanka in the first Test match played at the Eden gardens.

Pujara (47 off 102; 4×9) held fort at one end beginning the day on eight runs, while the other overnight batsman Ajinkya Rahane (4 off 21; 1×4) failed to get going falling to Dasun Shanaka (2/23) playing a poor shot as 21 overs were bowled in the first session.

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Ashwin (4 off 21) was also guilty of a naive drive as India failed to recover from their overnight score of 17/3.

Suranga Lakmal, who returned magnificent figures of 6-6-0-3 on the rain-affected first day, conceded his first runs after 46 deliveries off the bat of Rahane, who three overs later fell prey to Shanaka.

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Lakmal still had great figures to show for, leaking just five runs in 11 overs bowling nine maidens and taking three wickets.

On the first day, Lakmal accounted for openers K.L. Rahul (0), Shikhar Dhawan (8) and skipper Virat Kohli (0) in a dream spell of swing bowling on a green top.

Coming to Day two, a tempted delivery outside the off-stump took a thin edge off Rahane’s bat to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella as he tried to aimlessly drive through covers.

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