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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Pujara stands firm as India struggle against Sri Lanka on rain-hit second day in Kolkata

Shanaka takes two wickets in the morning session to leave the hosts in trouble before rain ended the day's play.

Cheteshwar Pujara in action during the second day of their first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata. Bikas Das / AP Photo
Cheteshwar Pujara in action during the second day of their first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata. Bikas Das / AP Photo

Cheteshwar Pujara stood firm against a relentless Sri Lankan pace attack as India stumbled to 74-5 before rain cut short the second day of the first Test on Friday.

Fast bowler Dasun Shanaka struck twice on a cloudy morning session at Kolkata's Eden Gardens as the hosts struggled to improve on their overnight 17-3.

Pujara, batting on 47, and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, on six, were at the crease when rain halted play for the day before lunch.

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Pujara's overnight partner Ajinkya Rahane became Shanaka's first victim, caught behind for four after a tentative 21-ball stay at the crease.

Shanaka, playing just his second Test after his debut against England last year, also got Ravichandran Ashwin for four, putting the hosts in trouble at 50-5.

Pujara, starting the day on eight, hit out when he could, finding the boundary nine times during his 102-ball stay so far.

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.

Lakmal's victims included India skipper Virat Kohli on day one, when adverse weather allowed only 11.5 overs to be played.

Twenty-one overs were bowled on the second day as the wet start to the three-Test series continued.