31 Jan / 2019(549)…Cricket’s fourth format(Day/night Test)has been result oriented.

There has been scarcity of drawn test matches in last few years. Since World Cup 2015 only 15.26 % drawn test matches. Last year (2018)in 48 tests there were only 5 drawn test matches(5/48 = 10.41%)including two day/night matches.

The advent of day-night test has created an interesting situation for test matches. In 11 test matches, not a single drawn game!. 

Cricket’s fourth format – A Test match that is played under-lights using a pink ball is combination of test match and limited over matches. Cricket’s fourth version or fourth format!.

Below is list of matches played under lights –


Stats analysis from above analysis 

  • Interestingly none of the 11 Test matches were closely fought or had low margin of success.
  • 6 Test matches got over with day or more to spare.
  • Sri Lanka is the only touring team to win away from home under lights. They won in West Indies(2018) and in UAE v Pakistan(2017).
  • In a test match, big scores keeps your opponent in arms distance for most times. Hence a substantial lead (of > 100 runs) in 1st innings is key to winning matches.
  • Interestingly there were six 200+ runs 1st inn lead in day/night matches!.
  • If your lead is less than substantial, then chances of winning or saving the test is very thin.
  • In rare case Sri Lanka happen to win(by 4 wkts) in West Indies after conceding -50 Runs lead.
  • Batting in fourth inning is a tough task, hence we finds low scores in last innings of a match. However in 2016 at Brisbane, Pakistan manage to score 450 in 4th inn under lights. This was only the 20th time in history of test cricket a team managed to score 400 in 4th inns. Nevertheless Pakistan lost that test match by 39 runs chasing 490 runs. They had conceded a massive 1st inn lead of 287 runs!.


All data updated at end of 1st Test between Aus v SL at Gabba, 24th Jan 2019

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