Kanpur ODI: Curator predicts 300-plus total

Published: Saturday, November 10, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kanpur: After the run feast at Mohali, the third one-dayer between India and Pakistan at Green Park here looked set for another high-scoring affair with the ground conditions perfect for batting even as both the teams could go for tomorrow's match without any net session.

The dry and yellowish pitch has a tinge of grass and curator Shiv Kumar predicted a 300-plus score for the team batting first with even bounce expected at least in the first innings.

''The pitch will have some moisture at the start, but after five or six overs it will ease out. The ball will come on to the bat and there will be even bounce. It is 300-plus pitch,'' he said.

The Green Park pitch normally has low bounce but Kumar said this time he is expecting even bounce for which he has kept a bit of grass.

''The wicket here normally has low bounce, so I have kept a bit of grass to have even bounce, at least in the first innings,'' Kumar said.

He said a layer of clay has been added on the upper layer of the earlier pitch prepared in 2002 to prevent the surface from breaking up.

''The team batting second can have some disadvantage when the small cracks here and there open up after being beaten by sun for long,'' Kumar said.

The last time the two teams met here in April 2005, Pakistan had scored an easy five-wicket victory with Shahid Afridi hitting a 45-ball hundred, the second fastest ODI century.

Meanwhile, there is confusion on whether the two teams will have net session today or not.

An Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association official said the two teams will have net session at around 1630 hrs for which nets have been put up inside the ground. They will reach Kanpur by two seperate buses from Lucknow.

But, the two teams are not reaching Lucknow's Amausi Airport before 1500 hrs and it will take at least one-and-half hours to reach Kanpur by bus and by that time it would be too late for any practice session.


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