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Kolkata: Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and pacer Lahiru Gamage shared two wickets each as India were skittled out for 172 in their first innings at lunch on the third day of the first Test at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday.

For the hosts, in-form top order batsman Chesteshwar Pujara top-scored with 52 while Wriddhiman Saha contributed 29 as fast bowler Suranga Lakmal returned best figures of 4-26 for the tourists.

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Kolkata: Sri Lankan seamer Dasun Shanaka struck twice to leave India reeling at 74/5 despite a fighting unbeaten 47 by Cheteshwar Pujara before rain forced an early lunch on the second day of the opening Test here Friday.

Sahana took two wickets in the morning in the form of Ajinkya Rahane (4) and Ravichandran Ashwin (4) but Pujara anchored India's first innings on testing overcast conditions at the Eden Gardens.

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Kolkata: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the first Test at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

Rain delayed the start of play by four hours as the covers went on and off during the scheduled first session.

There will be 55 overs of play in two sessions on Thursday. If this doesn't happen by 5.30 p.m., play will be extended till 6 p.m.

The Eden track had more than a sprinkling of grass on it, underlining Chandimal's decision to bowl first. 

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Kolkata: The first day's proceedings in India-Sri Lanka opening Test was delayed as there was no let up from rain and the conditions remained overcast because of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal.

The entire Eden Gardens ground remained under thick white tarpaulin cover, while the strip had three layering on it, as it's been raining since yesterday and there is more forecast of rain for next 24 hours because of the system over west- central Bay.

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Kolkata: Batting for long in a manner that often seemed unreal, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said he too needs rest from the gruelling international schedule since he is "not a robot".

Kohli has played seven Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 internationals in 2017, the most by any player in the Indian team.

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Islamabad: Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's spinner, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, two years after losing his wicket-taking bite with a remodelled bowling action that was twice deemed illegal.

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Kolkata: Skipper Sanju Samson stood out with a sublime 128 to lead Board President's XI fightback against visiting Sri Lanka as their two-day tour match ended in a draw in Kolkata.

In reply to Sri Lanka's 411/9 declared, the Board President's XI were struggling at 31/2 after lunch on Sunday, but Samson patiently built his innings and helped his side reach 287/5 when both captains agreed on a stalemate after 75 overs.

During his 143-ball knock, Samson hit 19 fours and one six.

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Kolkata: Chasing an elusive dream of winning their first cricket Test in India, Sri Lanka will begin their gruelling tour with a two-day tour fixture against a depleted Board President's XI here Saturday.

Sri Lanka who will play their first Test in India since 2009-10 have a forgettable record in the country as they are yet to win from 16 appearances and have suffered 10 defeats in their head-to-head record spanning 1982-2017.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Livid with constant scrutiny of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's finishing skills, India captain Virat Kohli hit back at the critics for "conveniently" singling out one man while ignoring failure of other players, including himself.

Dhoni's 37-ball-49 in the second T20 International that India lost to New Zealand was panned by experts as he played too many dot balls.

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Thiruvananthapuram: India defeated New Zealand by six runs in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) to win the series at the Greenfield International Stadium here on Tuesday.

The three-match series was locked 1-1 after the hosts won the opening match in Delhi while New Zealand clinched the second encounter in Rajkot.

With heavy rain lashing the city, the start of the third T20I was delayed by a couple of hours and the match was reduced to an eight overs a side affair. 

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