Curator says Eden wicket will be batting friendly

Updated: Mar 13, 2011, 19:17 PM IST

Kolkata: With a tinge of grass on the Eden Gardens strip, expect some lateral movements from the seamers even as the curator here promises the pitch to be a typical Indian batting wicket.

Having lost out on the India vs England match after the ICC ruled out the ground on condition of unpreparedness, the historic Eden Gardens will host the first World Cup match on Tuesday when Ireland take on the mighty South Africa in a day-night fixture.

The last ODI here had seen a run-feast when India comfortably chased down Sri Lanka`s 316 for a seven-wicket win and the same pitch will be used for the World Cup match, curator Probir Mukherjee said.

"There will be even bounce and it will be batting friendly," Mukherjee said without predicting a score. "It`ll all depend on the batters. Despite such a great start (yesterday) India could not reach the 300-mark (against South Africa). So it`s difficult to predict a score.”

"All I can say is that it will be good to bat on and at the same time there will be something in it for the bowlers," he said, referring the tinge of grass on the 22-yard strip.

The venue has two more matches scheduled -- Ireland vs the Netherlands (March 18) and Zimbabwe vs Kenya (March 20).