Pujara shows resilience but India' struggle continue on another rain dampened day

Cheteshwar Pujara (left) showed a lot of character
Cheteshwar Pujara (left) showed a lot of character
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India 74-5 (Pujara 47no) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Eden Gardens, day two
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Wet conditions and intense rain ensured only 21 overs were possible on the second day with India continuing their struggle and were positioned 74 for five at stumps on day two of the first Test between the two teams in Kolkata.

With an early start in place, India resumed their innings with a score of 17 for three. Cheteshwar Pujara (47 not out) struck a couple of boundaries in the second over of the day to gather some momentum.

Ajinkya Rahane (4) continued the momentum with another boundary in the 15th over - it was also the first runs conceded by Suranga Lakmal (3-5) after bowling eight overs. However, for Rahane it remained the only runs he could manage as edged a Dasun Shanaka (2-23) delivery behind the stumps.

With a lot of movement on offer, both Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin (4) tried to grind out for over eight overs but the latter became Shanaka's second victim when he sliced him to backward point.

With the conditions aiding the seamer, skipper Dinesh Chandimal was in no mood to bring on his spinners, with even Dimuth Karunaratne (0-17) trying out his medium pace but the move proved costly as he conceded 17 runs off just two overs.

Just as the 33rd over was in progress with Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha (6 not out) at the crease, rain arrived and with no further play possible, the officials called off the day's action by 14:30 local time with India positioned at 74 for five.

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