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Kudos to KSCA for excellent Test pitch

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Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:56 [IST]
 
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Kudos to KSCA for excellent Test pitch

Bangalore, Sep 4: When India captain MS Dhoni was asked how good the M Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch was, he replied "it was more Napier than Bangalore."

The 22-yard strip in Bangalore came in for high praise from India and New Zealand players, commentators and fans. "It was a great cricket wicket," said Man-of-the-match Virat Kohli, who hit 103 and 51 not out.

The match which began on August 31, ended on Monday, on the fourth day.

Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and its curator Narayan Raju must be commended for producing an excellent Test match wicket.

The wicket had good bounce which was demonstrated by New Zealand's fast bowlers. Tim Southee showed how to make use of the strip as he took a career best 7/64.

KSCA secretary and former India speedster, Javagal Srinath too would have definitely enjoyed bowling on this strip. And his team-mate and KSCA president Anil Kumble too would have made merry.

"You can't ask for more in a Test pitch," was New Zealand captain Ross Taylor's opinion on the wicket.

The Kiwi pacemen were more impressive than the Indian fast duo of Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav.

In both innings of the Test match, Kiwi fast bowlers, Southee, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and James Franklin ran in hard and troubled Indian batsmen.

India's all 10 first innings wickets fell to pace, with Southee leading the way. In the second essay, of the five, two went to them.

Offspinner R Ashwin said he enjoyed the bounce in the wicket. He, however, added that this wicket was more challenging than the one in Hyderabad in the first Test.

"This pitch was a bit more challenging. I tried to alter the pace. I enjoy only bounce," Ashwin said after accepting the Man-of-the-series award. Ashwin took six wickets in Bangalore including a five-wicket haul in the second.

With crowds dwindling at Test match venues, pitches like these make the contest between bat and ball more interesting. During the weekend, fans came to the stadium to witness Test cricket. Of the two matches in the series, Bangalore witnessed more spectators than Hyderabad.

An Indian victory, good cricket pitch made it a memorable Test for Bangalore.

Kudos to KSCA and the curator for a fine Test wicket.

ThatsCricket

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