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Rain plays spoilsport on day one of third Test

Only 15 overs were possible on day one of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo as persistent rain made play impossible once it was in
Only 15 overs were possible on day one of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo as persistent rain made play impossible once it was interrupted.
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India 50-2 (Pujara 19no) v Sri Lanka
Third Test, Colombo, day one
Scorecard

Only 15 overs were possible on day one of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo as persistent rain made play impossible once it was interrupted.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first on a re-laid pitch with plenty of grass.

Both teams had debutants as wicket-keepers with Naman Ojha getting his first Test cap for India, to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha. Cheteshwar Pujara replaced the injured Murali Vijay at the top of the order.

For Sri Lanka, Nuwan Pradeep and Kusal Perera were drafted in ro replace Dushmantha Chameera and Jehan Mubarak respectively, while Upul Tharanga took the number three slot of the retired Kumar Sangakkara.

Pujara (19 not out) became India’s fourth opener during this series.

Sri Lanka had a rollicking start when Lokesh Rahul (2) shouldered arms to the second delivery of the innings from Dhammika Prasad (1-16) only for the ball to move in sharply and dislodge his stumps.

A couple of overs later, Pradeep (1-16) bowled a full delivery that Ajinkya Rahane (8) tried to flick but missed, trapped plumb lbw.

India were in trouble at 15 for two after four overs at that point and Pujara was lucky when an edge didn’t carry to the third slip the next over.

India could have been in further trouble had debutant wicket-keeper Perera held on to a straightforward chance from Virat Kohli (14 not out) who inside edged a tremendous delivery from Pradeep that moved in sharply.

Kohli’s luck continued when Prasad induced an edge from him soon after only for the ball to fall inches short of first slip.

Both Kohli and Pujara survived more nervous moments as they took India to 50 for two after 15 overs.

That was when heavy showers interrupted the game for the first time and early lunch was called.

Frequent showers every time play seemed likely to resume ensured that play was eventually called off for the day.

Both teams have won a Test each making this a decisive encounter.

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