Kolkata: India pacer Mohammed Shami allayed apprehensions that the experimental pink ball may not aid in getting reverse swing after he battled dehydration to grab five wickets in the CAB Super League final here yesterday.
Playing for Mohun Bagan, Shami (5-42) was taken off the field after suffering from dehydration only to come back later on day two of the match against Bhowanipore, which is doubling up as the first day-night multiday experiment at the Eden Gardens.
Shami looked unplayable with his pace and bounce that rattled the Bhowanipore who recovered from 45 for seven to 153 all out (including 20 penalty) in 38.5 overs in reply to Mohun Bagan’s first-innings total of 299. “It’s very bright and glows like a radium.
With red or white balls, there was some visibility problem as it took the colour of grass. Definitely I will prefer this ball, this is much better. The biggest plus point is (the swing) under lights, what else a bowler wants,” Shami said.