Bangladesh wins toss, opts to bat against India in historic pink ball day-night Test


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated India's first Day-Night Test by ringing the Eden Bell

Kolkata: Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat in the first pink ball day-night cricket Test match against India at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated India's first Day-Night Test by ringing the Eden Bell just before the start of play at 1 pm on Friday before a sellout crowd at the giant stadium.

Sheikh Hasina and Mamata Banerjee met the two teams after the toss.

A special flight Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying Sheikh Hasina and her entourage landed at the NSC Bose International Airport amid tight security.

Sheikh Hasina was received at the airport by Kolkata Mayor and West Bengal Minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Firhad Hakim, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das.

Amid high security, Hasina was then taken in a ceremonial motorcade to the Taj Bengal hotel where she will stay during her short visit.

(With inputs from IANS)

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