Indians hope for repeat of history at Green Park

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Kanpur, Apr 9 (UNI) Will history repeat itself at the Green Park after a gap of 12 years, this is the million-dollar question.

In 1996 at this very venue, India, then led by Sachin Tendulkar, had trounced the Proteas by 280 runs, and now with the hosts desperately needing to win the third cricket Test against South Africa to square the series, they will be hoping that luck will favour them again here.

The visitors are not taking any chances, convinced as they are that the pitch will ''deteriorate quickly'' and has been crafted in such a way as to suit the hosts.

However, curator Shiv Kumar he has not received any direction from anybody about the pitch ''We have not received any instructions. We have used the heavy roller on the grass,'' he said. ''Batting in the first innings should not be a problem. The bowlers will start getting some assistance at a later stage.'' The grass was pruned and a heavy roller used in the morning,''It is very hot and as the match progresses,the track is bound to break up.'' Groundsman Chotelal is convinced that the Indians can overcome the visitors because the wicket will suit spinners but added,''it will be a sporting track.'' UNI XC AB HSB ND1816

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