Pakistan agree Gwalior has a perfect batting track

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

GWALIOR, India: Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and team officials on Tuesday inspected the wicket here at the Roop Singh stadium ahead of the must-win game of the series against India to be played tomorrow (Thursday).

A team official said that Shoaib, coach Geoff Lawson and manager Talat Ali Malik agreed to the general impression that a perfect batting wicket has been prepared for the crucial fourth one-dayer.

“It is a true batting wicket and could produce a high-scoring game on Thursday,”
said the official.Pakistan will take the field for tomorrow’s One-day International 1-2 down in the series after having lost the previous game in Kanpur. They have won here to remain alive in this five-game series.

Before the arrival of the Pakistanis at the stadium, the chief groundsman had said that fans should get ready for a run feast on Thursday. Samndar Singh Chauhan, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association’s chief curator, told reporters that a perfect batting strip at the Roop Singh stadium will ensure a high-scoring game between Pakistan and India.

Chauhan said that the wicket is so good that even a score of 280-290 will be chasable.
“It’s a perfect batting wicket and we have prepared it keeping in view the fact that people want to watch exciting and high-scoring games,”
he said.

He added, the pitch will remain in good shape even in the second innings and a score around 280 will not be difficult to chase. Chauhan believes that both Pakistan and India are unlikely to field two spinners in the game like the way they did in Kanpur. There is a tinge of grass on the pitch but it will most probably be removed before the game.

Chauhan said:
“There is some grass on the wicket 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.”

He added:
“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.”

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