First, it was rain, then it was toss and then it was Suranga Lakmal. On the first Day of the 3-match Test series opener between India and Sri Lanka, nothing went in the favor of the hosts in Kolkata on Thursday.
The only relief was that only 11.5 overs were bowled in the day’s play. Had there been more overs, it might have resulted in much more wickets fall for India at the close of play.
However, the scorecard at the end of Day 1, i.e., 17/3 isn’t a matter of concern for the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly. He said, “Let me tell you one thing, India will win this Test even if they are 17/3. I don’t decide whether a team plays on green-top or not. I could not control the rain for last two days. With rain covers and a bit of grass at the Eden, this was bound to happen. You have seen the game, you know how it is when it’s overcast and dark. There’s a lot of rain for two days and the wicket was undercover.”
Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal ripped Indian to-order apart as he claimed all three wickets in his spell of six overs and that too without even conceding a run.
The start by the Indians has brightened the hopes of the Sri Lankans who are chasing an intangible Test win in India. India had whitewashed them 9-0 across three formats in a full series in Sri Lanka three months back.