The morning session was lost to rain, which is also forecast to affect play in the next couple of days. The match started three and half hours late due to wet ground conditions.
India opted for a left-right opening combination and Shikhar Dhawan walked out with Lokesh Rahul after Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to field in overcast conditions.
Lakmal struck with the first ball of the match, dismissing Rahul caught behind with a delivery that pitched just outside the off-stump and the extra bounce beat the batsman. The golden duck ended Rahul’s streak of seven successive fifties.
When the play resumed for a brief period Lakmal sent back Kohli, without scoring, as the Indian player was found plumb in front of the wicket.