3rd ODI: Motera pitch to favour batsmen

Updated: 04 December 2011 19:37 IST

The pitch at the Sardar Patel stadium, venue of the third ODI between India and the West Indies on Monday, would be good for batting but it will have something to offer to pacers too, curator Dhiraj Prasanna said.

Ahmedabad:

The pitch at the Sardar Patel stadium, venue of the third ODI between India and the West Indies on Monday, would be good for batting but it will have something to offer to pacers too, curator Dhiraj Prasanna said.

"The wicket here has always been good for batting. But the bowlers would also have a good time I believe as they would be able to get good pace," Prasanna told mediapersons here.

"The side which wins the toss should bat first," he added.

Parsanna also negated the effect of the dew factor on the match.

"The dew factor comes into play only in the second session of play in a day and night match here. Also, efforts have been made to keep the dew to the minimum," he said.

"We have stopped watering the field three days prior to the match and have also sprayed a special kind of chemical. Also the grass on the pitch will be cut," he added.

The stadium, with a capacity of over 50,000, has been a witness to some memorable Indian feats, including Sunil Gavaskar's 10,000 Test runs against Pakistan in 1986-87 and Kapil Dev's record 432nd Test victim.

Topics : Cricket India India in West Indies, 2011 West Indies West Indies in India, 2011
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