India chased down a huge total of 351 runs in the first One-Day International in Pune, defeating England by 3 wickets. They might go the same way again in the second ODI on January 19. The reason this time is the dew factor. The match starts at 1.30 p.m. and according to the local curator Pankaj Patnaik, the dew starts settling in by about 5.30 p.m. and the toss can play a deciding role. Both teams are still in Pune and they only reach Cuttack on Wednesday, a day before the match, giving them very little time to assess the conditions.
"There has been heavy dew for the last few days and we will try our best to negate it -- by using chemical spray, two super-soppers and roping the field," said Patnaik said on Tuesday.
"The outfield grass has also been trimmed to about six millimetres from eight so that dew soaks into the ground," he added.
The venue hosted its last ODI more than two years ago when India put up a record 363/5 here en route to thrashing Sri Lanka by 169 runs on November 2, 2014 to set the tone for a 5-0 clean sweep.
"It's difficult for me to predict a total but this pitch will be full of runs as it has always been. It will be an out and out batting pitch and it's up to the batters to make it count," the curator said.
The same strip was used last for the Haryana versus Jammu & Kashmir Group C Ranji Trophy fixture that ended in a draw with the former taking three points on basis of their first innings lead after piling up 502 runs.
India are 1-0 ahead in the three-match series and the Cuttack ODI win will seal the series for the home side. The third and the last match of the series will be played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on January 22.
(With inputs from PTI)