The Hush Post: The first Test between hosts India and Sri Lanka started at 1:00pm as the play in the morning was washed off due to rain. The covers came off many times at the boundary before the umpires finally decided that the play will start at 1:00 pm. Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and asked India to bat. Opener KL Rahul, who had seven consecutive fifties behind him, lasted just one delivery. An almost perfect delivery from Suranga Lakmal pitched right in the middle and then moved away and took the edge as Rahul walked back. It was Lakmal’s maiden over. In the overs that followed, first the southpaw Shikhar Dhawan and later the new wall Cheteshwar Pujara hit Lahiru Gamage for two fours.
After this, Dhawan while playing a stroke of an incoming delivery gave an inside edge and the ball went straight to the wicket. He returned to the pavilion for a mere 8 runs as Lakmal took his second wicket. After this captain Kohli walked in and played 10 balls before going out for a duck on the 11th ball. Kohli has been out for a duck five times this year. The score now read 17/3. Lakmal is the second bowler in the history of Test cricket to take three or more wickets without giving a run, the first being Australia’s Richie Benaud in 1959, also against India.
At the end of play, Ajinkya Rahane who came after Kohli’s departure was yet to open his account while Pujara was on 8. From tomorrow onwards for the next four days the match will start at 9 am.