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2016-10-21 09:48:04

Winning streak: Pakistan proves her class in test again

Despite a fighting hundred by Darren Bravo Pakistan pulled off a tension-packed 56-run victory against West Indies in the first day-night Test in Dubai on Monday. Bravo kept Pakistan’s victory bid on hold during his resistance-filled 410-minute long 116 and it needed leg-spinner Yasir Shah to make a stunning two-handed catch to end his innings. West Indies were finally bowled for 289 with just 12 over left in the match. The day-and-night format was an experiment to see if people can be attracted to the stadiums by making the timing more amenable to the working man – let’s see if that experiment has worked. On the face of it, it didn’t. There was a marginal increase in attendance, but not enough to generate any sizable jump in revenue or even a sporting and lively atmosphere – even over the weekend. It seems more than the timings, it is the pace and style of play that puts people off from Test cricket. It was quickly pointed out by commentators and cricket pundits that the culture for test cricket, or even limited-overs cricket does not exist in the UAE – the real experiment would be a day-and-night Test in a place like Karachi or Lahore. In a nation starved of international cricket, even an all-day affair against a major team will pack stadiums. Till that day comes, the revenue problem remains.

Another aspect of this experiment, and one that matters more to the greater cricketing community, is how the pink ball behaves under lights. So far the only two such matches have been wildly differing – one a runfest, the other a bowler’s paradise – to make any firm conclusions, but the comments from the players themselves hint at some unforeseen problem. The Pakistani captain has said that dampness affected the pink ball’s ability to spin and reverse swing and that the pitch did not deteriorate as it usually does at the venue because the dew. How much will this affect the verdict on the format remains to be seen. So far the two matches played in the new format have not solved all of Test cricket’s problems – but both have served up some riveting contests.
Perhaps that is what should matter in the end.

 

 

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