England captain Joe Root and Indian skipper Virat Kohli both warned of the challenges of playing during the Twilight Zone during day and night testing – when stick collapses can occur – ahead of their third test clash. from Wednesday. It will be the first time India and England – level 1-1 in the four-game series – will face each other in a day-to-night encounter. “It’s a lot harder to play with the pink ball no matter what pitch you’re playing on,” Kohli said on the eve of the match at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
“And especially at night, if as a batting team you start your innings under lights then that hour and a half is tough,” Kohli told reporters.
“When it starts to get dark, especially during this twilight time, it gets very tricky. The light changes, it’s hard to see the ball and under the lights it’s like playing the first morning session in a match. normal try. The ball tends to swing a lot. “
Both teams have had painful experiences with pink ball cricket. India were eliminated for 36 by Australia in Adelaide in December and New Zealand played England in Auckland for 58 in 2018.
“Both are bizarre experiences for two quality teams,” Kohli said. “Apart from those 45 minutes of bad cricket (in Adelaide), we dominated the practice match. We are very confident in the way we are playing the pink ball.”
Root agreed that batsmen need to be careful – and not just at night when the lights come on, the ball can start to sway.
“I think there has been a tendency in all pink ball test matches to occasionally collapse,” Root said in a separate press conference.
“It seems like a trend and it’s something as a hitting group that you need to make sure you stop,” he said.
“Sometimes it was right at the start of the game, you know from the morning session, late in the fourth day, that these weird kinds of playthroughs happened.”
He added: “When you get that opportunity and you’re on the right side, you’re out on the pitch with a ball in your hand, you really get and roll with it. You grab every opportunity and every chance and you really do matter. in your favor.
“Likewise, with a bat in your hand, you really have to make sure that those (first) 20 balls, you fight with everything you need to get started, get used to the wicket, the conditions and make sure you build this partnership that is so vital. “
The Ahmedabad stadium has a capacity of 110,000 people and the authorities have authorized 55,000 tickets to go on sale every day.
Each team scored a convincing victory in the first two tests. England won the first by 227 points, while India won the second by 317 points. Both need a win to fuel their hopes of reaching the final of the World Testing Championship.
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