The groundsmen did try to keep the pitch dry by lighting small fires at either end of the pitch! I wish I had a zoom lens so I could have taken a closer shot :) At other times they use coal based irons to dry the pitch.
Sunday was a better day. The skies opened up, and the Sri Lankan team could get a good day's practice in. It didn't really help though, as the first test match in Chennai was almost completely washed out. Talk about scheduling screw-ups! India lost a good opportunity of winning the third test of the India-Australia series earlier in the year at Chennai because the final day's play was washed out, with India in a good position at the end of the fourth day's play.