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IPL 2017: Kanpur curator promises run fest as Gujarat Lions face Delhi Daredevils

Shiv Kumar, curator of Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, said that the pitch at the venue has been crafted in such a manner that fans will get full value of their money when Gujarat Lions face Delhi Daredevils.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 10, 2017 01:30 IST
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Gujarat Lions will face Delhi Daredevils at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

The Gujarat Lions-Delhi Daredevils match in Kanpur on Wednesday may be insignificant as both teams are out of contention, but it could well go down in IPL history as one of the highest scoring games.

The main 22-yard strip at this venue has been crafted in such a manner that fans will get full value of their money with batsmen hitting big sixes and fours all around the park.

Although there is a grass cover, it is more for binding the surface. The batsmen need not worry. There will, however, be some turn and the batsmen need to be a bit careful against spinners.

The two teams have already played out the highest scoring game of IPL-10, at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

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“Since neither side has any chance, this game will be more for entertainment. That is why I have prepared a surface where batsmen can enjoy and entertain the fans,” curator Shiv Kumar told HT on Tuesday.

“This could end up as the highest scoring game of this season, and I believe both Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils will play freely and without pressure as they are out of contention.”

“I have been working on the surface for the last eight months after the India-New Zealand Test in September and tried to make a perfect T20 wicket,” he added.

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India had lost to England in a T20I at the venue in January. The match wasn’t high-scoring with England chasing a 148-run target with seven wickets in hand.

Home team Gujarat Lions have won both their matches at this venue. They scored identical six-wicket wins against Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians last season, and in both the matches Raina dictated terms with the willow. His 36-ball unbeaten 53 against KKR, and 58 against Mumbai Indians, were a treat to watch.

First Published: May 09, 2017 22:36 IST