Bangalore: Sreevats Goswami, the wicketkeeper who plays for Rajasthan Royals, has claimed that the pitch for their match on Wednesday against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium was switched at the last minute without their knowledge, upsetting their plans for the match and resulting in their defeat. No formal complaint is known to have been lodged, however, and IPL officials say the pitch is handled by the curator and not the franchises.
Rahul Dravid had decided to field first after winning the toss, but that's because he thought another surface was to be used, Sreevats told reporters on Thursday. "We expected some turn but it turned out to be a different wicket. They were rolling another track when we were practising… We got to know that they had changed the wicket later on, without informing us."
Kieron Pollard blasted 64 from 33 balls to help Mumbai Indians post 197. Royals were then bowled out for 170, resulting in their first loss of the season.