Chinnaswamy wicket to help batsmen: Curator

November 21, 2008


Bangalore: The wicket for the fourth One-Day International between India and England to be held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday is expected to be a batting paradise.

“There is not much one can say about a One-Day wicket but I can assure you that we have prepared a sportive wicket, which should help batsmen more than the bowlers. The ball will come on to the bat nicely and stroke making will be pretty easy though the first session might help seam bowlers,” pitch curator and former Karnataka Ranji Trophy player Narayan Raju told on Friday.

“With most of the tickets being sold even before the deadline, we are expecting a capacity crowd and it will be fitting if the team batting first can put up a big total as they will be entertained thoroughly,” Raju added.

The hosts are already leading the seven-match One-Day series 3-0 and a win in Bangalore will seal the series in their favour.

Meanwhile, the police had to restore to a mild lathi charge to control the over enthusiastic cricket fans, who had assembled in large numbers to buy tickets especially after seeing their team win handsomely at Rajkot, Indore and Kanpur.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the first three matches to personal reasons, will be an added attraction for the cricket crazy Bangaloreans.

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