Rivals Root and Kohli fear pink-ball twilight collapse

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 24 Feb 2021

England cricket captain Joe Root and India counterpart Virat Kohli 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 today.

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 Ahmedabad.

"And especially in the evening, if, as a batting team, you are starting your innings under lights, then that 1 1/2 hour is challenging ... it gets very tricky."

Both teams have had painful experiences of pink-ball cricket. India were bowled out for 36 by Australia in Adelaide in December and New Zealand skittled England in Auckland for 58 in 2018.

Root noted that there's a "trend" of collapses on occasion" in pink-ball cricket.

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