Pujara shows resistance on another rain-affected day

Pujara shows resistance on another rain-affected day

Only 21 overs were bowled in the morning session, with Cheteshwar Pujara posting an unbeaten 47 as India struggled to 74-5 before rain stopped play about a half-hour before the scheduled lunch break.

India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot during the second day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on 17 November 2017.

Pothas said the team is not disappointed that play was not possible for most of the two days due to inclement weather as Sri Lanka were in a good position having sent half of the Indian batsmen back to the pavilion.

India's number three was his watchful self against deliveries probing the channel outside the off-stump and capitalised on the occasional poor delivery, as the nine boundaries in his 102-ball vigil would suggest.

Sri Lanka's first change bowler Dasun Shanaka dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin to compound India's crisis after the hosts resumed on 17 for three at the Eden Gardens. "That innings just showed you the benefits of him playing county cricket", Pothas told reporters.

"He's obviously a world-class player".

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"That is genuinely a wicket that you will find in England April-May. He certainly played the conditions very well", Pothas concluded.

"So far we have been pretty pleased of how we have gone about things". The conditions, when you go overseas you can't control.

Meanwhile Suranga Lakmal, who took three wickets in six maiden overs on Thursday, conceded his first runs after 46 balls to return figures of 3-5.

Given that Virat Kohli's India is always seeking to eschew bad habits and "embrace hard conditions" in its bid to be a top side for a considerable period of time, a conversation on fielding made sense even though India hadn't taken the field at Eden Gardens. However, Indian fielding coach R Sridhar feels that it is these days when the teams get to sit together in the dressing room and spend time together.

"It was fabulous to see so much of lateral movement and swing Lakmal and his fellow bowlers were purchasing from this wicket", said Sridhar.

"This Test can definitely get a result in 270 overs, should we get that".

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