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Perfect batting track at Gwalior

The groundsman of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association predicts a run-fest during the fourth India-Pakistan One-Dayer at Gwalior on Thursday

cricket Updated: Nov 13, 2007 16:45 IST

Fans can look forward to a run feast when India takes on Pakistan in the fourth cricket one-dayer here with the pitch curator promising a high-scoring game.

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association's Chief curator Samundar Singh Chauhan said he has prepared a perfect batting wicket for the match and any score around 280 would be chaseable.

"It's a perfect batting track because I believe people want to watch exciting and high-scoring matches," he said.

"The wicket will not deteriorate much and any score around 280 will not be difficult to chase," he said adding "there will be little role for spinners in the match."

India lead the ODI series 2-1 and a win here would seal it in their favour before the fifth and final match at Jaipur.

Tinge of green was visible on the pitch at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium but Chauhan said with two days remaining for the day-night affair, the grass will be pruned.

"There is light grass on the surface but we are rolling it down to turn it into brown. Actually, we do not want sideways movement otherwise the match will be a low-scoring one."

"The temperature during the day is 33-34 degrees while in the night it dips to 12-13 degrees. So there is a possibility of heavy dew. We have chemical spray but it is not of very good quality. We are trying to get a better machine from Delhi by tomorrow," he said.

India have won six out of the eight matches it has played here. The defeats include a 73-run loss to the West Indies in 1988 and 69-run defeat at the hands of minnows Kenya in 1998.

First Published: Nov 13, 2007 16:38 IST