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Bangalore pink-ball Test pitch gets below average rating

It has been determined that the surface at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which was used for the Day-Night Test between India and Sri Lanka, is “below average” by the International Cricket Council (ICC). As a result, the venue will earn one demerit point under the International Cricket Council’s Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process. ICC match referee Javagal Srinath provided a grade for the pitch in his report.

According to the revised International Cricket Council (ICC) Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, match referees award one demerit point for pitches that are rated below average, three and five demerit points for pitches that are rated poor and unfit, and no demerit points for pitches that are rated above average.

Srinath, the match referee, stated in his report that, “The pitch gave a lot of turn on the first day itself. While it improved with each session, in my opinion, it was not an equitable contest between bat and ball.”

According to the current legislation, “when a venue accumulates five demerit points (or crosses that threshold), it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months. When a venue accumulates ten demerit points (or crosses that threshold), it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for a period of 24 months.”

What’s next for M Chinnaswamy Stadium?

Any demerit point(s) earned are evaluated for a five-year term that is rolling. The accumulation of five or more demerit points by a venue results in the ground being barred from hosting any international cricket for a period of twelve months.

During the first day of the first Test in Bengaluru, a record 16 wickets were taken. Nine of them came from the spinners. Ending the day with a total of 86/6, Sri Lanka had bowled India out for 252. Later in the day on day two, Sri Lanka was bowled for a pitiful 109, after which they were given a mammoth goal of 447 runs.

After a disastrous first inning, Sri Lanka managed to put up some fight in the second. Dimuth Karunaratne played a captain’s knock and scored a century. But they were eventually dismissed for 208. They lost by a massive 238 runs. The Indian cricket team had won the series 2-0. So, they moved up to the No.4 position on the world test championship rating list.

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