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Aakash Chopra: Sri Lanka batsmen played as the conditions demanded (2:49)
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11hThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Sri Lanka well placed to take first-innings lead

Half-centuries from Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne - in tough batting conditions - frustrated India after they were bowled out for 172 on the third day in Kolkata

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1dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

India wobble against seam before rain washes out second day

Dasun Shanaka took two wickets as India were reduced to 74 for 5 in bowling-friendly conditions before a period of persistent rain forced officials to call off play more than two hours before the scheduled close

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2dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Kolkata

Breaks in play stopped batsmen from finding rhythm - Bangar

In the other camp, Sri Lanka bowling coach Ratnayake praised Lakmal, saying his spell was among the best he has seen "in a long time", but was also wary that batting would be equally difficult for his team on this surface

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Aakash Chopra: Rohit Sharma ould have been released for Ranji too (1:03)
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Aakash Chopra: Suranga Lakmal was absolutely top class (4:47)
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Rangana Herath key as SL seek first win in India (1:28)
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2dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Lakmal 6-6-0-3 tortures India in tough conditions

Only 11.5 overs of cricket was possible in the first two sessions of the Kolkata Test, but they were 11.5 difficult overs for India, asked to bat on a damp green pitch under overcast skies

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Rangana Herath key as SL seek first win in India (1:28)
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3dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Kolkata

Important to play five bowlers against good Test sides - Chandimal

The Sri Lanka captain said that using five bowlers - to aid in taking 20 wickets in the match - and staying energetic in the field through the Test was important against Pakistan and will remain so in India

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We try to play five bowlers for 20 wickets - Dinesh Chandimal (1:10)
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Runorder: Will Sri Lanka put up a better performance this time around in India? (3:32)
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3dThe Preview by Sidharth Monga

Sri Lanka resume search for first Test win in India

But for that to happen, their batting needs serious improvement considering at least one of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be back after spending three months being "rested" or "rotated"

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Chopra: Open with Dhawan and Vijay, pick Ishant over Bhuvneshwar (4:34)
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The Angelo Mathews story (2:55)
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Another round of modern cricket's most frequently contested duel (2:14)
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7dESPNcricinfo staff

SL batsmen make strong start to India tour

Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella made half-centuries as the tourists ended the first day at 411 for 6

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