Dry wicket for second Test in Mohali: Curator

Published: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 17:58 [IST]
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Mohali, Dec 18: A dry wicket which will assist reverse swing with the old ball awaits the English team in the second Test against India starting here from Dec 19. Daljit Singh, the PCA stadium curator told reporters that he had prepared a 'result oriented' pitch which will assist the pacers to reverse-swing and help spinners from the third day.

He added, "We have kept a dry wicket. A lot of emphasis is on keeping the wicket dry and this is going to help reverse swing." "It is sure that if all five days of play is possible then an outcome of the match is for sure. After two days some cracks will develop on the pitch which is going to be in the benefit of spinners," said Daljit Singh.

The track for the second Test will the same as the one for the India-Australia Test in Oct which India won. "Weather will be the key as due to low temperature ball is going to swing. During evenings it will be difficult for batsmen to sight the ball due to fog," he said.

Singh believes that the team winning the toss would take up batting first as the wicket will start behaving differently once the cracks start opening up. India is leading the two-match series (1-0) by winning the first Test in Chennai by 6 wickets.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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