Mohali track can trouble batsmen

Seamers sticking to good line and length can expect to trouble the batsmen on Mohali track, says curator Daljit Singh.

updated: October 18, 2008 17:18 IST
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Heavy monsoon rains that lasted until two weeks back may affect the bouncy nature of the Mohali track but seamers sticking to good line and length can expect to trouble the batsmen, says curator Daljit Singh.

"We got heavy rains this time. In fact, rains came down heavy as recent as October 4 and nearly two-and-a-half feet deep water got collected on the surface which initially affected our ground preparations," PCA's Chief Curator, Daljit Singh on Tuesday.

He said though the sun has been shining through the day during the past over a week, but temperatures in the morning and evening time have dropped.

With the first Test match between India and Australia ending in a draw, both the teams would be looking for a result at Mohali, which hosts the second Test from October 17.

"The wicket still has some moisture and we are hoping to have a good sun shine over the next week. As usual, the fast bowlers should expect assistance from the track in the morning session. I would say if bowlers stick to a good line and length, they can force the edges," he said.

He said Indian skipper Anil Kumble has been Man of the Match here on two occasions and he can definitely trouble the batsmen.

Singh said the spinners should not hope to get assistance straightaway and as the match progresses they can expect some help.

"It has been the nature of this wicket that batsmen will have to play more carefully in the opening sessions. Overall, I would say it would be a good wicket," he said.