Mohali: With the city receiving showers till Tuesday and the conditions being overcast in the past few days, it was a sigh of relief for the local organizers when sun came out this morning ahead of the World Cup clash between South Africa and the Netherlands on Thursday.
However, with the Chandigarh Meteorological Department forecasting rains on Thursday, chief curator of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium Daljeet Singh said he is keeping his fingers crossed.
"The wicket has been under cover for some time and that might affect the expected quality a bit. Thankfully, there is good sun on Wednesday; otherwise the pitch would have been a little sluggish. It was under covers for last five-six days," Daljeet said on the eve of the match.
"But if there is rain tomorrow, that would mean some last-minute hectic work and running around to keep the track in good form," he added.
Since becoming an international venue, Mohali has hosted only one day game so far, the inaugural match at the PCA ground in 1993.
Since then it has always been a day-night affair in this ground. Interestingly, South Africa was a part of that contest against India and the Proteas ended up on the losing side.
The sub-continent wickets are known for favouring batsmen, but the Mohali track is traditionally famous for being a bouncy wicket.
And Daljeet, on his part has made sure that the pitch play to its reputation.
"It`s practically the end of season, and with so much cricket having been played on it, we had to make sure that it didn`t keep low and slow. That`s why we have left some grass on the wicket. It will have some good pace and bounce throughout the match and will be able to hold itself for all 100 overs," said the curator.
Although the Mohali pitch is expected to play even throughout game, Daljeet said it is always advisable for the teams that to bat first after winning the toss.
"As far as Mohali is concerned, there will be morning coolness , so whosoever bowls first will have a slight advantage for the initial 10 to 12 overs. There will be more turn. But, otherwise the pitch will play even throughout the match," he said.
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