England and India ready for battle under Ahmedabad lights

Root and Kohli preparing sides for a day-night blockbuster with the pink SG ball in use and the series level at 1-1

After one win each in the series and with two to play, the third Test between India and England at Ahmedabad’s hulking great Motera Stadium would be a blockbuster affair regardless of the day-night element. The two teams have served up a treat thus far, in keeping with what feels a wider golden period for Test cricket.

But as well as a more palatable 9am start time for viewers in the UK, the pink ball and the prospect of floodlit cricket in whites brings an extra frisson of excitement and intrigue. The fast bowlers, we are told, are licking their lips, while the batsmen will enter the 110,000-capacity arena – possibly half full – knowing the sooner their eyes adjust to the flash of cerise hurtling towards them at speeds of up to 95mph, the better.

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