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Monday, December 19, 2005

Heavy rollers

A story in the Indian Express, about conditions at Motera:
After the day’s play, VVS Laxman sought to explain the mystery of the pitch. ‘‘Since our team management used a heavy roller the dew that was inside the pitch surfaced and the sun dried it. That was the reason batting was very easy in the morning session. But as the roller effect wore off the pitch once again became dodgy,’’ he said.
Cricket is a complex game of uncertainties but the heavy roller on the Motera pitch just made it tougher to predict.

Intriguingly, there is also this:
Conventional cricketing wisdom says India might be in a position tomorrow to enforce the follow on. But still there are a lot of questions. If Lanka can posta big total, will it be wise to bat last on this unpredictable track?

Tell you what, I'd be incredibly surprised if India -- even if it shot out the remaining wickets for a dozen runs or less -- enforces the follow on. The same heavy roller should now come to Lanka's aid, making things a touch easier for batting in the first session. The last thing you want is to let the opposition, in its second knock, put its head down and run up a big score, and challenge India to make 200 or more in the final innings, on a pitch I suspect will keep increasingly low, and turn increasingly square.

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