Two games in, and the seven match ODI series between Australia and India already seems like one neither sides’ bowlers would want to remember. Pitches in Pune and Jaipur were a batting paradise, the hard tracks providing consistent bounce. The PCA Stadium in Mohali, where the third ODI will be played has more of the same on offer.
Historically, ODIs at the PCA Stadium has been high-scoring, with India scoring 300 in a successful run chase exactly two years before Saturday’s fixture. More recently the ground had hosted eight Champions League T20 matches which also largely favoured the batsmen.
“The Champions League matches were quite high scoring and the pitches had good bounce and carry. I can say that the Twenty20 matches were like a dress-rehearsal ahead of this ODI. Expect the same on Saturday,” Daljit Singh, chief curator at the PCA Stadium, told The Indian Express.
With evening temperatures coming down, Mohali offers another challenge to bowlers — dew. Australia’s strategy in the series so far, has been to bat first after winning the toss. There was hardly any dew in Pune but there was a little as they moved north to Jaipur. While match timings in Mohali have been advanced by an hour to minimize the amount of dew affecting play, it is unlikely Australia would like to bowl second.
The Dew factor
Daljit Singh says dew will definitely come into the picture.
“The monsoons have just got over. At this time of the year in Mohali, dew starts to set in later in the evening. It is especially severe in winters, but yes even now dew comes up every evening,” Singh says.
Singh adds that his team has a number of preventing measures in place to reduce the effect the dew has on the match.
“We have stopped watering the pitch, the outfield has been mown close to the ground and and we will use a non-toxic spray on the match day to keep the dew away from the field. In addition we will also use thick ropes to remove dew from the ground during the second half of the match,” the curator