- The toss will take place at 12.30pm while the first ball will be bowled at 1pm
- Lunch will be taken at 3pm while the last break would be tea at 5.40pm
- Stumps will be drawn at 8pm to negate the dew factor which comes into play late in the evening in Kolkata
t is D-day as the Test match we have all been waiting for is just a few hours away from getting underway. Both India and Bangladesh have been working overtime to prepare for the Pink ball Test, which is going to be the first day-night game in the longest format in international cricket to be played in the sub-continent.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) have left no stone unturned in their preparations for the historic Test match.
Team India will be looking for another dominant performance in this Test after thrashing Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in the first Test at Indore, which ended inside 3 days.
Virat Kohli’s side, ranked number one in the longest format, have so far won all their six matches since the start of the Test Championship, whitewashing West Indies and South Africa in their last two series.
They are hot favourites to walk away with another clean-sweep against a side which lost to Test newcomers Afghanistan in their last outing.
But it’s not going to be that easy for the home side in this game which is going to be played with pink balls and under lights at the Eden Gardens. Dew is also expected to play a part late in the day when the lights take over.
Timings have also been revised to try and negate the dew factor. Here is all the information you need on the timings of the first ever day-night Test between India and Bangladesh.
With the match taking place in winter, there is a change in the conventional pink ball Test timings, where tea break is followed by a lengthy 40-minute supper.
The Eden Test will have the usual lunch break after the first session at 3pm, while the last break would be tea at 5.40pm, spanning 20 minutes. As per the ICC norm, playing conditions can be altered by mutual consent of both the countries. Stumps will be drawn at 8pm.
The match will be played with pink balls and it remains to be seen how it behaves. As far as he dew is concerned, a 1pm start is believed to be the solution.
There is an unmistakable buzz in the air and the city has well and truly turned pink. Bangladesh have never beaten India in Tests and the chances of reversing the trend seem very less here. But the first pink ball Test is so much more than just the match as history beckons the Mecca of cricket in India.