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IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: Root, Kohli Fear Pink Ball Twilight Collapse

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By AFP News
February 23, 2021 • 17:52 PM View: 1373

England captain Joe Root and India skipper Virat Kohli have both warned of the challenges of playing during the twilight zone in day-night Tests -- when batting collapses can happen -- ahead of their third Test clash starting Wednesday.

The match will be the first time that India and England -- level at 1-1 in the four-match series -- face each other in a day-night encounter.


"It's much more challenging to play with the pink ball regardless of what pitch you are playing on," Kohli said on the eve of the match in the world's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

"And especially in the evening, if, as a batting team, you are starting your innings under lights, then that one-and-a-half-hour is challenging," Kohli told reporters.

"When it starts to get dark, especially during that twilight period, it gets very tricky. Light changes, it's difficult to sight the ball and under lights is like playing the first session in the morning in a normal Test match. The ball tends to swing a lot."

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