Pakistan, eyeing to seal the three-match One-Day series, had their first practice session at the Eden Gardens here today for the second encounter on January 3.
The tourist is leading the series 1-0 following their six-wicket victory in the Chennai encounter.
From batting to bowling and fielding, the Misbal Ul-Haque led Pakistan sweated out with full intensity to pack all the departments in an effort to deny the hosts a chance of making a come back in the series.
Incidentally, Pakistan have never lost an ODI face-off at this historical ground.
Their last 50-over match at this ground was in 2004, which they won by six wickets.
Their return to the iconic venue in colour dress after eight years have generated a huge interest among the cricket-crazy city and that could be gauged from the scenes outside the staduim, where people were making their last-ditch effort to grab a ticket for the Thursday tie.
The 67000-capacity stadium would to be packed to the brim on the third day of the New Year, but sadly only 3000 tickets were made available to the general public, through online sale, the rest were distributed among the club members and affiliated units of the state association, the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Not just the general stands, the VIP boxes would also be packed with illustrious guests, which would include the former captains of both the sides, VVS Laxman—who has very special connection with Eden.
Besides, the dignitaries from other fields are also expected in the VIP stand.
While the entire Pakistan team arrived here yesterday to acclamatise with the whether condition, the reamining members team India were expected by this evening.
Only four Indian contingents— skipper M S Dhoni, Ashok Dinda, Shami Ahmed and Ravindra Jadeja—had arrived last evening.