The entire ‘city of joy’ went through a pink revolution. Tickets for the first three days were sold out a week before the start of the game. A ‘sporting’ wicket was dished out. Dignitaries from both countries were invited. Overall, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) left no stone unturned to make the inaugural day-night Test match on Indian soil a memorable occasion for everyone.
Yet, in the end, the huge difference in quality between the two teams turned out to be the primary talking point at Eden Gardens as the historic match did not even last for two and half days. It took just 968 balls for the Indian attack to bowl Bangladesh out twice in this fixture. This was the least number of deliveries a visiting team had ever faced in a Test on Indian soil.
Yes, as per expectations, the pink ball moved a lot more for the fast bowlers than the conventional red one, especially during the much talked about twilight period. Also, the bounce it generated troubled the batsmen with less technical prowess as quite a few Bangladeshi players were hit on the helmet by the Indian pace trio. Couple of them–Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan–were needed to be replaced by concussion substitutes. However, batters like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and even Mushfiqur Rahim from the visitor’s camp showed that with better application at the crease, there are runs to be scored even on these challenging conditions.