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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Pitch news

In Indian Express, a story on the conditions in Mohali; actually, those of you who watched the Challenger series should have some insight into what awaits the teams.


  • Prem,
    In your opinion, how should a team approach the toss when there is a possibility of heavy dew later on? I stress on "possibility". Its not a definite thing. I think the finals of the Challengers did not have the dew factor come in even though the chasing Seniors won.
    IMO, this is like playing for rain. When there is possibility of rain, batsmen should still continue to play normally rather than change strategy to accomodate a possibility. Chasing under lights is not an easy matter. So, if going by a normal Mohali pitch, I would take first use of it by batting.

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:21  

  • toney: You answered yourself anyways. :-)
    I might want to think tactics through if there is rain in sight, but never did see the sense of doing that for dew. Basically, you have one problem -- the ball gets a touch tough to grip after a bit. But then, most bowlers have sense enough to keep towels handy and wipe them dry -- unless the dew is inordinately heavy, it rarely makes that big a difference.
    The one exception, IMHO, is if there is grass on the deck. Dew on grass juices the pitch up, creating a lot of movement, and also allowing the ball to skid through off the slick deck -- and that, significantly heavy dew that is, is probably the only time I want to factor that in to the gameplan, and where possible bat first.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 18:44  

  • Prem, funny thing is, I remember SRT's India winning a close match against the Aussies in the Titan Cup, '96. SRT says that a week after the match, the ball was still wet!!

    By Blogger Toney, at 18:48  

  • toney: Geez, I remember that; it was the first time I went live ball by ball, with no clue what kind of stress that involved. By the time the match was done, I had typed close to 60,000 words and couldn't straighten my fingers for a long time after. *L*

    Off to work, guy, back later.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 18:53  

  • i have heard that the lights are low in mohali(as in height and causes problems for the fielding side in the second innings. is that a significant factor.

    By Blogger inoc, at 18:59  

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    By Blogger Sahir, at 21:32  

  • Toney,
    I don't think adjusting your strategy for the possible dew is similar to playing with rain in mind. The difference being the highly likely occurrence of dew, as opposed to smaller chance of rain. In the recently concluded Challenger Trophy, the dew factor came into play in all matches other than the final. The chasing team won all matches, indicating the surface remains true for the entire 100 overs. The chasing team is not at a disadvantage, conditions-wise, even if there is no dew. Additionally, Mohali usually has a little something for the fast bowlers in the initial overs. Not to mention, the team compositions- Sri Lanka relies very heavily on spin (part-timers), which will make it very difficult with a wet ball. Select a batsman (Raina) as a supersub and choose to bowl, if you win the toss. Of course, there is a good possibility Atapattu will choose to bat should he win the toss.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 21:48  

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