ICC rates Bangalore's pitch for India vs Sri Lanka Day and Night Test match 'below average'
In a latest report published by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the ICC match referee for the match, Javagal Srinath has rated the pitch used for the Day Night Test match between India and Sri Lanka as below average.
It was a dominant performance from Team India in the match as they recorded a stunning victory by 238 runs in the match, taking the 2 match series by clean sweep over the Lankan Lions.
All may still remember that a few days ago, the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a fine on the Rawalpindi pitch, but this time, the ICC has also taken strict steps regarding the Bengaluru pitch. The pitch that was used for the Day-Night Test match that was played in Bengaluru between India and Sri Lanka, in which 16 wickets fell on the very first day, has been rated below average in the report of the ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath, thus, the ICC will continue to monitor the pitch, while it has also received a demerit point.
Javagal Srinath said, "The pitch offered a lot of turn on the first day itself and though it improved with every session, in my view, it was not an even contest between bat and ball."
As per laws of the game, if a venue accumulates 5 demerit points over a 5 gap period, it will receive a ban from holding any International matches for the next 12 months, while if the venue has 10 demerit points, it will be suspended from holding any International matches for the next 24 years.
Talking about the match, a total of 16 wickets fell on the opening day of the match, which saw India got all out for 252 runs in the opening day. Sri Lanka had a even worse 1st inning, as were bowled out little after going past 100 runs, for 109 runs.
India then added 303 runs in their next inning, setting a target of 446 runs for the Sri Lankan side, who could only score 208 runs before getting dismissed, handing India a victory by 238 runs.