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What Have We Learned From Pink-Ball Test Matches?

There have been 15 pink-ball Test matches so far in the history of cricket and each one of them has given many storylines in them. The latest Day and Night Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval was as exciting as it gets.

Let’s dig deeper into some of the interesting things we have observed in the last pink-ball international match.

WHAT’S THE BEST TIME TO BAT?

In a Test match where run-scoring is exceptionally hard, the pink ball has a lot to do with that. In all the pink-ball Test matches, the groundsman is bound to keep some grass cover on the wicket so that the ball doesn’t lose its shine in the early part of the innings. That means the ball is going to do enough in the first session of play to trouble the batsmen. The second session is when the batsmen have to cash in and that’s what the numbers would tell you as well. Wickets fall at roughly around the same average in the first and the last session so it’s the second session which needs to belong to the batters.

PACERS RULE UNDER LIGHTS

In the 19 innings played at the Adelaide Oval in Day and Night Test matches, it is safe to say that pacers have dominated the proceedings. The pacers have taken 123 wickets as compared to just 30 wickets picked up by the spinners in the same scenario. The pacers are by more effective with the pink ball and that’ll continue to be the case in the Day and Night Test matches. R Ashwin would contest this case though.

WHAT IS THE TWILIGHT PERIOD?

The end of the second session and the start of the third session coincides with the sunset and that leads to the twilight period. This is when artificial light takes over the natural light and the floodlights are in full force. This period also comes with a drop in temperature and frequent changes in wind direction. These all make for conducive conditions for fast bowlers and hence the twilight period is a tricky period for the batman to negate.

FIRST SESSION PROVIDED RIVETING CRICKET

Before the start of the last pink-ball Test between Australia and India, the batting average in the first and the last session were pretty much the same. In this match, we saw that the Australians used the new ball much better than the Indians and got the deserved result at the end. They pitched the ball in full and on good lengths with the new ball in the first session. On the third day, the Indian batters nicked almost everything and in 17 overs India lost 8 wickets. They lost their grip on the game and found themselves 1-0 down in the series as a result. The first session provided some great cricket for viewers all over the globe. Pink-ball Test matches make sure that it’s worth getting up early to catch the live action from ball one.

 

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