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Night session of a D/N Test similar to morning session: Mominul

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has shared his experience on playing the day-night Test during the tour of India in 2019.

Ahead of India’s second-ever and first overseas D/N Test in Adelaide against Australia, Mominul revealed how difficult it is to bat against the pink ball in the night session.

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Last year when both India and Bangladesh played their maiden D/N Test in Kolkata, hosts India emerged winners by an innings and 46 runs. Mominul made seven-ball and six-ball ducks in that game where Indian pacers rattled Bangladeshi line-up.

“It’s extremely tough to bat against a pink ball under the lights. It gets bizarre when you have Umesh [Yadav] and [Mohammed] Shami in the opposition. I couldn’t last long at the Eden because of the swing and pace,” Mominul told Kolkata-based Anandabazar.

“But Mushfiqur [Rahim] got runs. He told me the ball swings early on and then behaves like the white ball after 35 overs. A lot of runs can be scored. Although he admitted Umesh and Shami were dangerous in the night.

“A team that bats under lights has a greater chance of getting into trouble. The ball can hardly be seen in twilight. It gets difficult while fielding in the slips as well.”

In 14 day-night Test matches so far, fast bowlers have had the most advantage during the third session of a day’s play. Mominul compares that period of the game to the morning session of the traditional Test matches.

“The morning session of a day Test and the evening session of a day-night Test have quite similarities. The pacers get the assistance. A captain has to use the bowlers according to that. You cannot let spinners bowl more because the pink ball gets old quicker. The pink ball slides onto the pitch which makes the batsmen nick to the slip cordon,” he added.

Bangladesh have not played another day-night Test. The BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) denied to play one in New Zealand last year.

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