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Jaipur curators predict high-scoring opening ODI

With a batting-friendly wicket on offer, a high scoring encounter is on the card when India takes on South Africa in the first one-dayer at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur.

cricket Updated: Feb 19, 2010 14:20 IST

With a batting-friendly wicket on offer, a high scoring encounter is on the card when India takes on South Africa in the first one-dayer at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.

If the curators of the ground -- Ashok Joshi and Taposh Chattejee -- are to be believed, they have made a batting beauty for the opener, which will set the tone for the three-match series.

"There is no doubt that it would be a fine batting wicket. People come to watch runs in ODIs and we won't disappoint them," Joshi said.

Fellow curator Chatterjee said the surface looks in great shape and would be ideal for strokeplay.

"We have kept grass on the wicket and underneath too which will help in binding the soil. We had watered it adequately and we are rolling it to help it dry.

"A little of evaporation and rolling pulls out the moisture from underneath. I makes the surface which means the ball will come on to the bat," he said.