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Late swing of pink ball makes batting under lights difficult: Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane said after the day's play on Saturday that the swing the pink ball generates makes it essential for batsmen to follow a different strategy in the last sessions.

Ajinkya Rahane, Ajinkya Rahane century, Ajinkya Rahane 11th Test hundred, Ajinkya Rahane Test records, Highest fourth wicket partnership India, India vs South Africa 3rd Test, IND vs SA 3rd Test, Ranchi Test Ajinkya Rahane scored 51 in India’s first innings total of 347 for 9 declared vs Bangladesh in the 2nd Test vs Bangladesh in Kolkata on Saturday (File Photo/AP)

Senior India player Ajinkya Rahane on Saturday said that batting under lights in the ongoing Day/Night Test against Bangladesh here was a challenging task as the pink ball swings late under such conditions.

Rahane, who scored 51 in India’s first innings total of 347 for 9 declared, said a batsman will have deploy different strategy in the final session.

“It’s a historic Test match and am really glad to be part of this. As a batman I thought the first and the second session were easy to bat on. But under lights, with the late swing, it is challenging for batsmen. Twilight period is always challenging,” Rahane said after the second day’s play.

“In the first session, the ball comes on nicely with no lateral movement. Later with the dew coming in, the strategy should be different. You need to play positive cricket in the first session and capitalize on that,” he added.

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Rahane also said that by watching the Indian fast bowlers Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami from the gully could make out how hard they were working.

Asked about the catch he dropped to deny R Ashwin the wicket of Mehidy Hasan Miraz, he said, “You still have to be positive, you have to look for that catch. The attitude matters a lot after dropping a catch.

“We still have to come tomorrow and come hard at them. One wicket at a time is what we are thinking. We still respect the Bangladesh team and one wicket is what we are looking for at the moment.”

First published on: 23-11-2019 at 11:22:08 pm
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