Expect 550-plus runs during Mohali ODI: curator
After the low-scoring match in Delhi, the fans can look forward to a run feast in the fourth cricket one-dayer between India and Australia in Mohali with the pitch curator predicting that the two teams' combined score could be in excess of 550 tomorrow.cricket Updated: Nov 01, 2009 14:40 IST
After the low-scoring match in Delhi, the fans can look forward to a run feast in the fourth cricket one-dayer between India and Australia in Mohali with the pitch curator predicting that the two teams' combined score could be in excess of 550 on Monday.
"The wicket will have a good bounce and carry. One can expect runs in excess of 550 on this wicket," Chairman of the BCCI's Grounds and Pitches Committee and Punjab Cricket Association's Chief Curator Daljit Singh said.
India lead the series 2-1 after winning the third one-dayer in Delhi where the Aussies could only post 229 after opting to bat first.
Daljit said the PCA has tried a new grass variety for the wicket, which has been imported from the US.
"We didn't have such a grass cover for the past decade or so. However, it won't be a green top wicket, but there will be some grass. It will be a typical Mohali wicket which will stay the same as the game progresses," he said.
Daljit said the pitch here will be a good one-day wicket which should give the team batting second a good chance to chase.
In the recently-held Corporate Cup here, teams batting second chased down targets in excess of 300.
Asked about the dew factor coming into play towards evening, Singh said it would be become quite menacing as the evening progresses but the PCA has made some arrangements to reduce its impact.
"We have taken measures to counter the dew factor. We have already stopped watering the outfield and cut the grass low to minimise the effects of the dew. ASPA-80 chemical spray has also been sprayed to control the dew," he said.
He said the slow bowlers might face difficulty in gripping the ball, which becomes wet due to dew.