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Lakmal triple strike jolt India with only 11.5 overs possible on day one

Suranga Lakmal made full use of the conditions at Eden Gardens
Suranga Lakmal made full use of the conditions at Eden Gardens

India 17-3 (Lakmal 3-0) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Eden Gardens, day one

Suranga Lakmal bowled a splendid six over spell that saw him claim three wickets leaving India reeling at 17 for three in the 11.5 overs possible on rain-hit day one of the first Test at Eden Gardens.

The day started with wet conditions and with rain falling steadily, the entire first session was washed out.

Finally with rain relenting the game was set to begin at 13:30 local time after Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first to make use of the moisture.

In the very first ball on the day, Lakmal (3-0) had Lokesh Rahul (0) caught behind and few overs later, he also castled the other opener, Shikhar Dhawan (8) to leave India down to 13 for two.

When 8.2 overs were bowled, the umpires decided to walk off due to bad light and later a slight drizzle as well. However, the play resumed 30 minutes later and on resumption, Lakmal claimed his third wicket, trapping Virat Kohli (0) LBW. He used a review but with the replays indicating umpire's call, the Indian skipper had to depart.

Just as they reached 17 for three, once again bad light stopped play but this time the officials decided to call for stumps with only 71 deliveries possible in the day.

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