Indian cricket will usher in a new era on 22nd November when Men in Blue step in the night to face Bangladesh. It will be the maiden Day-night Test for both sides. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will get the honour of hosting the historic outing.
Since it’s still heydays for this format, here is all you need to know about Day-night, or as they say, Pink-Ball Test cricket.
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Test match timings
The Test will commence at 1 pm, half an hour after the toss. The lunch break will be between 3 pm and 3.40 pm followed by a tea break between 5.40 pm and 6 pm. The play will end at 8 pm.
Why is Day & Night Test a big deal?
This particular Pink Ball Test is a big deal for numerous reasons. For one, the surface will be different throughout the day, with the dew coming into the picture. The effects will be exaggerated considering the red ball will be replaced with the pink ball in later in the Test.
Considering both the teams are playing with the talked-about Pink ball, the visibility factor will be a big issue.
Moreover, to keep the ball clean and thus visible, grass cover is of prime importance. And this grasstop would very much affect the proceedings of the game.
Difference between a pink ball and a red ball
Colour is not the only differentiating factor between the pink and red ball. The pink ball’s seam is stitched with a black thread as against red ball’s white colour. The ball will have slightly more pronounced seams, considering ball manufacturer SG, who are also providing the ball for the first time, employ hand stitching.
Moreover, the pink ball also has a slightly extra lacquer to keep it shiny and thus maintaining its visibility.
The result of this extra lacquer is that it assists in swings, giving a bit of an edge (no Pun intended!) to the team bowling in the night.