Kolkata: The first cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka was off to a delayed start on Thursday after the pre-lunch session was lost to inclement weather and a wet outfield here. The opening day’s proceedings were reduced to 55 overs from the regulation 90 and the match began at 1:30pm IST.
The Eden Gardens ground remained under thick white tarpaulin cover this morning as it had been raining since yesterday. There is forecast of more rain in the next 24 hours. The build-up to the India-Australia ODI at the Eden on September 21 had also witnessed rain, but it did not affect the match.
An India-South Africa T20I match in 2015 was abandoned as it rained for 30 minutes before the game was to start. Sri Lanka are playing their maiden Test at the Eden Gardens.