Fast track awaits India in 3rd Test

Updated: 12 August 2008 17:47 IST

India need not worry even if it loses the toss ahead of the third cricket Test as the curator has assured bounce and movement for the bowlers.

Fast track awaits India in 3rd Test
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Colombo:

India need not worry even if it loses the toss ahead of the third cricket Test as the curator has assured bounce and movement for the bowlers in the pitch for the first few hours.

Unlike the Sri Lankans who are weighing all options of a new pace battery after the present ones failed to generate pace, the tourists have the aggressive Ishant Sharma who got vital breakthroughs even at the spinning track at Galle during the second Test.

"The wicket initially will have some movement for quick bowlers for a few hours on the first day," said curator Anuruddha Polonwita on conditions at the P Saravanamuttu stadium in Colombo.

He maintains it will be good both for the pacers as well as the spinners while conceding the track may be no different to the ones at the Sinhala Sports Club stadium in Colombo where the first Test was played as well as the Galle stadium.

"Though the bounce may be little more, it will be more or less like at SSC and Galle," Polonwita said. The curator, however, disagreed on blaming the pitches for the two Test matches ended in four days.

"If the bowlers bowl well they could have got wickets and if the batsmen had done well (in the first two matches) they could have scored runs," he said. He said the same was applicable for the third Test as well which may not be very different on the later days of the match.

The curator is of the view that bowlers like Ajantha Mendis can be effective on such a pitch.

Topics : Cricket India
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