Pink Ball Test

The Pink Ball Test is a day-night Test cricket played with a pink ball instead of a red one. It is called the Pink Ball Test match because of the use of Pink ball in cricket. Pink ball is used because it is easier to spot under the lights for day night Test cricket.

The first pink ball test match was played between Australia and New Zealand on November 2015. The Australian team had won the match by 3 wickets and had become the first team to win a match with a pink ball. The pink ball tends to swing more under the lights and bowlers love bowling with a pink ball.

Josh Hazlewood was the first bowler who took fifer for the first time in Pink ball cricket.

Usman Khawaja was the first batsman to score a ton with a Pink ball.

Pink Ball Test Match List

A list of Pink ball Test Match aka Day Night Test Match is given below:

  Teams Match Date Venue Result/Scorecard
1 Australia vs New Zealand, 3rd Match 27-11-2015 Adelaide Australia won by 3 wickets
Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Match 13-10-2016 Dubai Pakistan won by 56 runs
3 Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Match 24-11-2016 Adelaide Australia won by 7 wickets
4  Australia vs Pakistan, 1st Match 15-12-2016 Brisbane  Australia won by 39 runs
5 England vs West Indies, 1st Match 17-08-2017 Edgbaston England won by an innings and 209 runs
6 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Match 06-10-2017 Dubai Sri Lanka won by 68 runs
7 Australia vs England, 2nd Match 02-12-2017 Adelaide Australia won by 120 runs
8 South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 1st Match 26-12-2017 Port Elizabeth South Africa won by an innings and 120 runs
9 New Zealand vs England, 1st Match 22-03-2018 Auckland New Zealand won by an innings and 49 runs
10 West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Match 23-06-2018 Bridgetown Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
11 Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Match 24-01-2019 Brisbane Australia won by an innings and 40 runs
12  India vs Bangladesh, 2nd Match 22-11-2019 Kolkata India won by an innings and 46 runs
13 Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Match 29-11-2019 Adelaide Australia won by an innings and 48 runs
14 Australia vs New Zealand, 1st Match 12-12-2019 Perth Australia won by 296 runs
15 Australia vs India, 1st Match 17-12-2020 Adelaide Australia won by 8 wickets
16 India vs England, 3rd Test 24-02-2021 Ahmedabad India won by 10 wickets

The Australian team has played the most (8 times) Pink ball day-night test matches and it has managed to win all 8 Pink ball day-night test matches.

The Indian team had played their first Pink ball test match against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Virat Kohli had made a brilliant century and became the first Indian batsman to hit a hundred in a Pink ball test cricket. SG cricket ball is used in India in pink-ball cricket while Kookaburra ball is used in overseas venues. 15 Pink ball test matches have been played till now. India has played 3 Pink ball test matches.

The first match Indian team had played against Bangladesh in Kolkata and second-time Indian team had played against Australia in Adelaide, Oval. India had won the match against Bangladesh but lost their second Pink ball test match against Australia. Recently, India played their 3rd Day and night test match against England in Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India and won it in just 2 days.

Pink Ball Test Match Records

Highest Team Total - 589/3 Australia against Pakistan (First Innings)

Lowest Team Total - India 36/9 against Australia in Australia (Second Innings)

Best Bowling Figure - Devendra Bishoo 49/8 wickets against Pakistan (Second Innings)

Highest Individual Score - David Warner 335* runs against Pakistan in Australia (First Innings)

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Last Updated on: 16/03/2021