Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Pujara holds out as India struggle against SL in rain-hit Test

Pujara holds out as India struggle against SL in rain-hit Test

Recently-retired India cricketer Ashish Nehra was pictured in a new avatar during the second day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday.'Donning the commentator's hat', Nehra was seen interacting with Indian bowlers ahead of the start of the second day.

This comes after Sri Lanka agreed to tour India for a short tour featuring the ongoing three-match Test series followed by three ODIs and three T20Is as a part of India's 70th Independence day celebrations.

India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was again India's warrior in the rain as he remained unbeaten on 47 when bad light stopped play at the Eden Gardens.

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Shanaka (2-23) struck in the sixth over the morning when he had Ajinkya Rahane (4) caught behind.

No.4 batsman Pujara faced 102 deliveries and slammed nine boundaries to reach 47 runs. Pujara's efforts drew praise from the opposition camp as Sri Lanka head coach termed the right-hander as a world class player and how the county experience came good. "Where we stand at the moment, we are very happy, but we are not getting too comfortable as it is a high quality Indian team", Pothas told journalists. "You have got to still go out there and do the job".

"He's obviously a world-class player".

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"That is genuinely a wicket that you will find in England April-May. He certainly played the conditions very well", Pothas concluded.

"So far we have been pretty pleased of how we have gone about things".

Team India's cricketing schedule is quite hectic and fielding coach R Sridhar said that skipper Virat Kohli will continue to play till his body allows him to. In South Africa the ball will have carry and lateral movement.

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Meanwhile, Nehra backed his former teammate Mohammed Shami to lead India's bowling unit from the front during their tour to South Africa. We have got to go back and hit our lengths right. "If the weather clears out, it would be really interesting going by the conditions of this Test", he said.

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