Mohali wicket to assist seamers under lights: Curator

Dew could be a strong factor and they would stop watering the ground three days before the match: Curator.

Ppi March 26, 2011

MOHALI: The Mohali wicket would assist seam bowlers under the floodlights. "The ball will seem a bit under the lights," PCA curator Daljeet Singh said on Saturday.

However, the pitch is said to be batting-friendly for the most part at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, which will host the eagerly-anticipated World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan on Wednesday.

Singh said it will be a typical Mohali wicket backed with generally good pace and bounce.

The pitch will be the same as the one used for Ireland-West Indies game of the World Cup in Mohali on March 11.

India may have been undefeated against Pakistan in World Cup history, but they have been beaten by the arch foes at this venue on two previous occasions.

Singh said that dew could be a strong factor and they would stop watering the ground three days before the match.

"We have just started to observe how much dew falls during these days. We have also cut grass blades low so that minimum dew sticks to them. If need arises, we may use vetting agent APSA-80, which helps to minimize dew though it does not entirely eliminate it," he said.

"We adhere to general ICC guidelines that the pitch should generally be batsman-friendly. I have also ensured not to over prepare the wicket as it is end of season. I have had light rollers used for the wicket," he added.


qasim | 10 years ago | Reply If dew is there, bowl first. A rare advice that I pass forward :-p.
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