India vs Windies 2018: Second T20I Won’t Be A High-Scoring Game, Says Local Curator
Just like the first T20I between India and Windies at the Eden Gardens, the second one can also be a low-scoring affair. Hopes were high that the T20I series would be a high-scoring one, considering the power-hitters in both the teams.
However, the series-opener did not live up to the expectations. Bowling first, the hosts managed to restrict the reigning WorldT20 champions to a modest 109 for 8. However , Carlos Brathwaite and Co. gave India a huge scare before the hosts eventually romped home with ease.
India were reeling at 45 for 4 at one stage. But Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey all but sealed the game with a 38-run stand before the latter departed. Karthik and debutant Krunal Pandya then took the team home inside 18 overs.
And if the fans are expecting that the upcoming second clash would be a high-scoring one, they could be disappointed. The second game will be held at Lucknow’s newly-built Ekana Stadium. The stadium is holding its first-ever international game while Lucknow is hosting an international cricket match after 24 long years.
And a local curator has claimed that anything above 130 would be a winning score for the team batting first.
“It won’t be a high-scoring game for sure. The pitch has long dead grass on both sides with cracks in between. It will be a slow bouncing wicket and spinners are expected to play a big part from the beginning,” the curator told PTI.
“The pitch is made of soil exported from Odisha’s Bolangir which is famous for its slow nature. Both the teams will find it difficult to score runs and hit big shots with long square boundaries,” he added.
BCCI’s chief curator Daljit Singh was in charge of the wicket here from the beginning and he prepared the pitch with the help of UPCA curators like Ravindra Chauhan, Shiv Kumar and Surendra.
Another local curator who too worked on the surface said that the second match would have yielded a lot of runs had the pitch been prepared by local soil.
“The outfield is perfect and fast, but dew is definitely going to play a big part. The winter is setting in North India now and dew is going to play a big role from the first ball. So, the ball won’t be racing towards the boundary and the batsmen will have to do a lot of running,” the local curator said.
India will take on Windies in the second and penultimate game of the series on Tuesday.
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