Expect a better wicket: Mohali curator

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 18:03 PM IST

Mohali: The wicket at the PCA stadium is likely to behave better than the previous match, when West Indies play Ireland in a Group B encounter of the cricket World Cup on Friday, said curator Daljeet Singh.

"It was raining prior to the South Africa-Netherlands match (on Mar 3) and we had to prepare the wicket earlier than required and had to keep it covered.However, there has been plenty of sunshine during this week and we can expect the wicket to be harder and better," Singh said on Wednesday.

He said that it will be a "typical Mohali wicket" with good carry and bounce.

"We will ensure that the wicket does not have too much of lateral movement and spin. It`s important to keep grass on the wicket. There will be good pace and bounce, though our aim is to cut off too much movement. The grass will be brownish while the outfield will be fast," Singh said.

Unlike in the last game, the weather here is expected to be pleasant on Friday, according to the Met department.

For the upcoming match, the pitch used will be the one on which the Punjab and Tamil Nadu under-19 teams played recently.

"For the semifinals (on March 30), we will be using either of the two tracks on which the league matches are played," Singh informed.