India’s Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane said that batting under lights in the ongoing Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens 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 to deploy different strategy in the final session.
“It’s a historic Test match and am really glad to be part of this. As a batsman, 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 on Saturday.
“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.
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 Ravichandran 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.”
On day 2 of the maiden Day-Night report, Bangladesh still trail India by 89 runs with four wickets in hand and Taijul Islam (11) was removed off the last ball of the day by pacer Umesh (2/40) and at the close of play, Ishant, who bagged a five-for in the first innings, returned with figures of 4/39 in the second.