Sri Lanka struck two early blows with the new ball before a heavy thunder show washed out the rest of the morning sessions play on the first day of the third and final Test against India at the SSC grounds.
After Angelo Mathews had won the toss and invited India to bat first on a grassy pitch that had been relaid, Dhammika Prasad playing at his home venue broke through with the second ball bowling Lokesh Rahul for two as the batsman didn’t offer a shot to a ball that swung in from outside off stump.
Nuwan Pradeep made India 14-2 when he sent back Ajinkya Rahane by trapping him lbw for eight.
Cheteswar Pujara (19) and skipper Virat Kohli (14) faced some testing deliveries with the new ball but survived to take the score to 50 for two wickets before rain ended play.
Sri Lanka missed a good opportunity of picking up Kohli’s wicket at eight when he inside edged Pradeep to wicket-keeper Kusal Perera who dropped it.
The catch cost Sri Lanka a further five penalty runs as the ball went onto hit the helmet behind the wicket-keeper.
Scores: India 50-2 at lunch (C Pujara 19 n.o., V Kohli 14 n.o.) v Sri Lanka.