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Sri Lanka players practice in Kolkata on Tuesday IANS

Kolkata: The Sri Lankans had an extended practice session as they dropped in at the Eden Gardens one hour before schedule and trained for four hours ahead of the first Test against India. Scheduled to train from 9am, the Lankans did not mind turning up an hour before and the main drill centred around batting, supervised by batting coach Thilan Samaraweera. Dinesh Chandimal and his batsmen were seen negotiating the spinners with paddle sweep and reverse sweep, a handy weapon to tackle the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Having finished their respective batting sessions, each of their batsman, including Chandimal, were seen heading to the former Test batsman. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 1st Test at Eden Gardens

Samaraweera spoke to each of them individually and they later headed for a shadow practice session. The islanders landed in Kolkata eight days prior to the first Test and drew a two-day tour game against Board President’s XI. Having opted for a day’s rest after the two-day tour game at Jadavpur University second campus ground in Salt Lake, it was Sri Lanka’s first training session at the Eden where they will play their first ever Test. This is the Lankans’ first tour to India since 2009 when they lost 0-2 in a three-Test series. Virat Kohli helps TV crew get treatment after being hit by ball

Sri Lanka will play a full series in India spanning more than six weeks, with the Tests followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. The tour will end with the third T20I in Mumbai on December 24.