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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 17:19
Rain threatens India-Sri Lanka 1st Test in Kolkata
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Persistent rain is threatening to hold up the first Test between Sri Lanka and India which starts tomorrow (16) at Eden Gardens Kolkata.
 
Reports say that neither side could practice properly today because of incessant showers.
 
The forecast is not good for tomorrow and day after and the weather is only expected to clear up from Saturday onwards.
 
The pitch at the Eden Gardens was lush green, and staff working there only managed to shave off a little.
 
Given this, India captain Virat Kohli expects a green pitch for the first Test.
"It looks like a sporting wicket," he said. "We want to play in different conditions and perform well."
 
Kohli's side also has one eye on the tour of South Africa, starting in January, and the players will use this series to step up preparations for an enthralling away clash with the world's second-ranked side.
 
"We want to play every match with the same intensity," Kohli said. "If we had played all our recent games in overseas conditions, we would have played with the same attitude."
 
Emerging batsman Hardik Pandya, who impressed during the tour of Sri Lanka, has been rested. In his absence, Rohit Sharma could get a chance if India opts for an additional batsman.
 
Keeping the conditions in mind, however, the hosts could look to field a five-pronged attack including three pacers and two spinners.
 
"India played some good cricket in the past two years. They have worked hard in different areas and their number one rank is justified," Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said.
 
"It will be an uphill task for us. But we have our plans in place and could surprise them" he added.
 
India (probable):
1 KL Rahul, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin/ Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav
 
Sri Lanka (probable):
1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 3 Dhananjaya de Silva, 4 Dinesh Chandiwal (capt.), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Lahiru Thirimanne/ Dasun Shanaka ,8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lahiru Gamage/ Vishwa Fernando
 
Sri Lanka has never won a Test in 17 attempts in India.
 
Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath are the only ones in the Sri Lanka squad to have played Test cricket in India.
 
R. Ashwin is eight short of 300 wickets. He has played 52 Tests; Dennis Lillee is the fastest to the mark, in 56 Tests.
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