Nagpur stadium may provide a batting wicket

2011-03-09 00:00

JUDGING by the five previous ODIs at the Nagpur stadium, Saturday’s pitch for the World Cup showdown between South Africa and India should be a very good batting surface.

But previous history also suggests there will be something, however small, on offer for both the quick bowlers and the spinners.

The last time South Africa were in this city in the dead centre of India, Dale Steyn produced an awesome spell of reverse-swing bowling on the third afternoon of the Test on the way to career-best figures of seven for 51 which, along with an epic double-century by Hashim Amla, set up an innings victory against the Indian team.

Saturday’s encounter will be the fourth match of this World Cup in Nagpur.

The first was on February 22 when the Netherlands so nearly upset England thanks to Ryan ten Doeschate’s century, Australia’s fast bowlers then set up an easy victory over New Zealand, and Zimbabwe’s spinners then bowled Canada out for 123.

The modern stadium was built under the auspices of former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar, who is a Nagpur-based lawyer.

South Africa will be wary that Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has an excellent record in Nagpur.

Dhoni lashed 124 off 107 balls in October 2009 as India inaugurated the ground with 354 for seven against Australia, then were bowled out for 255.

Moisture around the early morning has been noted in the last two game and dew may be present in the evening as well.




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