Eden track bit two-paced, but full of runs

March 15th, 2011 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 15 (IANS) The Eden Gardens pitch, that played the villain at the last World Cup game here 15 years ago, seemed a bit two-paced but was overall full of runs as was evident during South Africa’s clash with Ireland here Tuesday.

Amid overcast conditions and a light drizzle, the odd ball kept low, giving the seamers some assistance in the initial overs from the wicket, which had a greenish tinge.

A few of the deliveries skidded, as Colin Ingram found to his peril. The left-hander, who rescued South Africa with a 87-run sixth wicket stand with Jean Paul Duminy (99), was foxed and played across the line to a Trent Johnston straight delivery and found his bails off.

Later tall South African pacer Morne Morkel got good carry and bounce from the wicket while the spinners also got the odd ball to turn.

Curator Prabir Mukherjee had promised that Eden will have the best 22-yard strip in the 2011 World Cup.

“It will be full of runs. It will be firm and have pace and even bounce,” he had told IANS before the match.

In 1996, it was a shameful evening for India on another March evening when an under-prepared track crumbled fast during the home team’s innings as they lost wickets in a heap in a World Cup semifinal match against Sri Lanka.

The match could not be completed as angry spectators rained bottles and missiles that threatened the security of the players. Finally Sri Lanka was adjudged the winner.

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