Kolkata is prepping up for the big day on Friday when India will play their first-ever day-night Test as they square off with Bangladesh in the second match at the Eden Gardens which begins on Friday (November 22). With their first Pink-Ball Test, Virat Kohli-led brigade will become the ninth international side to play a day-night Test match.
Here are important facts to know ahead of the upcoming fixture:
- The match will start at 1.00 PM IST which means that the toss will be held at 12.30 PM IST. Each day will end at 8.00 PM to negate any effects of dew.
- The first session will be at 3:00 PM IST and will last for 40 minutes. The second session is scheduled to be at 5.40 PM. The final session of the day will start at 6:00 PM IST.
- For the match which has created quite a lot of buzz in Kolkata, the BCCI has already procured 72 pink balls from SG.
- According to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, 65,000 tickets have been sold for the first three days.
- In keeping with the momentous occasion, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has arranged for Army paratroopers to fly into the Eden Gardens. They will hand over the pink ball to both captains Virat Kohli and Mominul Haque just before the toss.
- Plenty of prominent places in Kolkata will be illuminated in pink on match eve as well as during the course of the Test. Places like the Shahid Minar and a few Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) parks will be illuminated, while the Tata Steel building will have 3D Mapping from November 20.
- For the first time, a pink ball Test will have mascots. Pinku and Tinku were revealed as the official mascots of the India vs Bangladesh Day/Night Test on Sunday.
- A giant pink balloon has been positioned near the stadium which will be there till the end of the match.
- A dozen billboards have been erected across the city. Branded buses will be seen around Kolkata to further further increase awareness about the Test.
Here are some important stats around the Pink-Ball Test:
- The second Test between India and Bangladesh will be the 12th match in the history of the day-night Test cricket. Australia have played the most number of pink-ball Tests (five matches) and have also maintained a winning streak against teams like New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka.
- Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali top the run-getters list with 456 runs from six innings.
- In the bowling department, Australia pacer Mitchell Starc has been the most successful bowler pocketing 26 wickets in five matches, including a five-wicket haul. His team-mate Josh Hazlewood occupies the second place with 21 wickets to his name from four matches.