Adelaide | The world’s first experience of day-night Test cricket unfurled at the Adelaide Oval Friday, when the third Test between Australia and New Zealand started at 2 pm local time, with players using a pink ball that replaces the traditional white.
Except for pink ball, which has been designed to be visible in natural light and under floodlights, all other playing conditions remained unchanged.
The first Test wicket with a pink ball went to Josh Hazlewood when he trapped Martin Guptill leg before wicket.
The players returned to the dressing room for a 40-minute dinner break in between the second and third sessions.
47,441 spectators watched the first day’s play, which ended at 9 pm local time.
At stumps, Australia were 54 for 2 after having bowled New Zealand out for just 202, with Mitchell Starc’s 3 for 24 standout performance.
International Cricket Council introduced day-night test matches to help boost test crowds, which are on the wane across the world.
The first day of day-night Test cricket also marked the first death anniversary of Australian batsman Philip Hughes, who died in hospital on November 27, 2014, after he was struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game at the Sydney Cricket Ground two days before.
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