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Daniel Vettori thinks pink ball under the lights will be challenging

While a handful of first-team players from India have played a pink-ball game in domestic cricket, Bangladesh's only experience with the pink ball was a one-off Day/Night four-day match in 2013 but none of the current team players were part of that fixture.

By: PTI | Kolkata |
Updated: November 20, 2019 9:49:28 pm
Vettori has not been a part of any Day/Night Test venture but from the experience, he feels batting during the twilight period will be challenging. (Source: File Photo)

Bangladesh’s spin bowling consultant Daniel Vettori conceded that early sunset in Kolkata could pose a massive challenge for his team’s batsmen during the “twilight” hours of the upcoming historic Day/Night Test against India starting on Friday.

While a handful of first-team players from India have played a pink-ball game in domestic cricket, Bangladesh’s only experience with the pink ball was a one-off Day/Night four-day match in 2013 but none of the current team players were part of that fixture.

“I think the pink ball is relatively normal in the day, the challenge will be how much of the Test is played under lights. Obviously, the sun sets quite early here. I think 4:30 pm. That will be the time we will see the pink ball come into play,” the former New Zealand captain said.

Vettori has not been a part of any Day/Night Test venture but from the experience, he feels batting during the twilight period will be challenging.

Buzz in India camp: Pink ball will kill spin and reverse swing

“My experience is only from watching on TV and it seems to do a little bit more during twilight dusk. So I think that’s going to be a big sighting period of the Test match. That’ll be the period of the Test the teams will try to do technically a few different things. I think that the final one and a half session would be very interesting.”

With the pink ball expected to help seamers more, Indian captain Virat Kohli is expecting complete his 12th straight home series win with ease. Vettori, however, said Bangladesh pacers are equally excited with the team boasting left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman who sat out in Indore.

“All fast bowlers are really excited. Coming to grips with the balls, I think the SG pink ball is slightly a bit different. Most guys have limited experience with Kookaburra ones. I think there’s a lot of excitement and optimism around.”

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