For Sri Lanka, day/night Test remains uncharted territory

DUBAI: Sri Lanka will play their first day/night Test with the pink ball when they go up against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai starting Friday. Sri Lanka’s batting mentor Hashan Tillakaratne, who has played 83 Tests for his country, has recognized that the pink ball under lights would be another experience for Sri Lanka.

“The pink ball moved a bit in Sri Lanka however we need to keep a watch out how it is here,” Tillakaratne said following his team’s net session at the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Friday’s match will be the 6th day/night Test ever, and the first for Sri Lanka. Amid Sri Lanka’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014, Pakistan had asked for the Sri Lankan cricket board to play a day/night Test, however they had won’t.

Presently, the Sri Lankan batting mentor understands his team would head into a strange area on Friday. However, it is something new to us and everybody is anticipating this match,” he included.

Alluding to Pakistan’s pink ball coordinate against West Indies in Dubai a year ago, Tillakaratne said the pink ball had neither upheld the bowlers nor the track.

“We watched the match Pakistan played against West Indies, and the ball did not do much and it was a decent batting track,” he noted.