Another turner awaits Indians: Galle curator

Updated: 01 August 2008 06:34 IST

Indian batsmen should prepare themselves for yet another vicious turner, says Galle curator Jayantha Waranaveera.

Another turner awaits Indians: Galle curator
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Galle:

Indian batsmen should prepare themselves for yet another vicious turner, says Galle curator Jayantha Waranaveera, who has promised to give the Lankan spin duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis all the home advantage they need to wreck the visiting line-up in the second Test.

The hosts lead the three-match Test series 1-0 after Muralitharan and Mendis bowled in tandem to destroy the Indian batting line-up in the first Test in Colombo. The second Test begins from on Thursday.

Waranaveera says he wants Mahela Jayawardane's men to continue their domination and would do his bit for it.

"This will be a spinners' wicket because Lankans have got good spinners. Why should we not prepare the pitch for spinners when we have bowlers like Muralitharan and Mendis in our squad," Waranaveera said.

However, the curator insists that the track would assist the fast bowlers initially if they bowl with discipline.

"It will assist seamers initially. From the third day, it will start spinning. If Sri Lanka bat first then India could face defeat," he predicted.

The Galle stadium was ravaged by the 2004 Tsunami and Waraneveera said meticulous work has gone into rebuilding the stadium and relaying the track.

"There was saline water on the ground because of Tsunami cyclone that had soiled the ground. The ground had to be redone. We had to change the soil and raise the height of the ground by one feet," he explained.

Topics : Cricket India
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