The third match of the Border-Gavaskar Test series between India and England will take place tomorrow at the Modera Stadium in Ahmedabad. It will be a day-night test match. Red ball is commonly used in Test matches. But pink balls are used in daytime test matches. One day before the match, captain Virat Kohli said batting with a pink ball was not easy.
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“In a game against Bangladesh in Kolkata in 2019, we have experienced that playing a new pink ball is more challenging than pitching,” Virat said at a virtual press conference on Tuesday. It was very difficult for the batting team to start their innings in the evening light. That last hour and a half of the game was very challenging. The spin definitely comes, but I don’t think the new ball and fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink balls will keep them in the game until the ball is good and bright. We know some things very well and we are preparing accordingly.
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Commenting on the Kolkata Pink Ball Test, India captain Virat said, “It is easy to bat in the first session of the day. Batting becomes very difficult, especially when the sun is submerged and the ball does not move much, but when it begins to darken. The light turns on. The ball is hard to see. Then it will play the first morning session in the normal Test match under the morning. The ball turns a lot. We don’t see the Pink Ball Test as a win and a draw. We want to win both. To us, these are two sports of cricket and we are only focusing on this. “