Curator promises fair pitch in Durban

first_imgPromising a fair pitch for the second Test between India and South Africa, the chief groundsman of the Kingsmead Stadium, Wilson Ngobese, said the track will not help bowlers excessively.The first Test was won by South Africa by an innings and 25 runs in Centurion after the Indian batting collapsed in the first innings on a track which helped pace bowlers in overcast conditions.Ngobese said the pitch for the second Test starting in Durban on Sunday would be a lot more balanced. “I want to give a wicket that is fair to everybody,” Ngobese said. ” It must not excessively help the bowlers too, and then if you can’t bat, I can’t help it. But we are expecting more rain till the start of the match and I am hoping for a few sunny days. Still, it should help the bowlers with good bounce,” he added.Ngobese said the weather would also be a major factor, along with the sea breeze.”I don’t want to show cracks on the pitch,” said Ngobese as he ruled out getting rid of the grass cover on the track.Meanwhile, South African captain Graeme Smith started the mindgames ahead of the Boxing Day Test.”I still believe that we could have handled that situation better. I would like to insist that the wicket was helping bowlers when we batted for the first 40- odd overs,” the South African captain stated in reference to India’s 136 all out in the first innings in Centurion.”The wicket flattened out after tea on the second day. But certainly we would have done better on that wicket ( batting first),” said Smith.advertisementThe skipper insisted that South Africa have the momentum.”We won the last Test by an innings and 25 runs. So we have a lot of positives to take from that match. We are certainly going to take that confidence with us in the second Test. On the other side, doubts will certainly creep into the Indian team. But we aren’t thinking too far ahead. We are focusing on the process and preparing well for this match,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img

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