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Focus shifts to pink ball Test

  • Published at 12:00 am November 18th, 2019
Bangladesh cricket practice
File photo of Bangladesh cricket team players during practice AFP

Generally, pink ball Tests or day-night Tests have been played with the Kookaburra ball, but the Bangladesh-India match will be played with the SG pink ball for the first time

Bangladesh cricket team players are now focusing on their first ever day-night Test in Kolkata, against hosts India, and took part in an optional practice session at Holkar Stadium on Sunday.

It was supposed to be the fourth day of the first Test at Indore on the day, but Bangladesh were defeated within three days on Saturday as India won by an innings and 130 runs in the first match of the two-Test series. 

The pink ball for the second Test at Kolkata has become a major concern for both teams, as neither India nor Bangladesh has played with a pink ball in a Test so far. Generally, pink ball Tests or day-night Tests have been played with the Kookaburra ball, but the Bangladesh-India match will be played with the SG pink ball for the first time.

The ball usually swings more under lights, which may result an interesting encounter for both the teams at Eden Gardens from Friday. 

The match time has been rescheduled considering the dew factor at night, and the match will start from 1pm local time.   

Meanwhile, Abu Jayed Rahi, the only standout performer from the Bangladesh side, said taking Virat Kohli’s wicket was a dream for him. India lost just six wickets in their first innings and Rahi picked up four of them -Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

Kohli got out facing his second ball, as a Rahi delivery swung in to hit his pad while on a duck. Rahi could have taken double centurion Mayank Agarwal’s wicket as well when he was on 31 on day one, had Imrul Kayes not dropped a regulation catch in the slip cordon.  Agarwal later scored 243.

“Obviously it’s a great feeling to take those wickets, because they are world class batsmen. Kohli is one of the best batsmen so taking his wicket so early is like a dream wicket for me in my life,” Rahi said before the practice session at Holkar stadium.

Rahi admitted Tigers’ bowlers should have bowled with a tighter line and length in the Test match. 

“I think we should focus on maintaining line and length. It’s a key area in Test cricket. As bowlers, if we can maintain consistency in our line and length, then the batsmen may give us chances. We conceded many boundaries in the first Test. We have to reduce it in next game,” he added.

Rahi informed that there are many things to learn from the performance of Indian pace bowlers in the first Test, and he has talked with Mohammd Shami to get some advice for the longer version game.

“There are many things to learn from them. All of them are senior bowlers. They have played many Test matches together. I talked with Shami bhai [Mohammad Shami] yesterday, as both of our seam positions look similar. I observed his bowling a lot even during the match. He has a similar height to us,” Abu Jayed concluded.  

The Bangladesh team will practice at the Holakr stadium again today, before flying to Kolkata on Monday.

Bangladesh will have two more practice sessions at Kolkata with the pink ball before the Test match.