Mohali, Oct 16 : After yesterday's showers, the pitch at the Mohali Stadium, where the second India-Australia Test is to be played from tomorrow, wore a patchy look and looked bare at both ends, promising once again something for the spinners and not to the quickies, said a report in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).
Otherwise, the Mohali pitch has a reputation as being one of the quickest in the country, and Australian pacer Brett Lee, who plays for Punjab XI in Indian Premier League (IPL) was hoping to extract much pace out of it as compared to the Bangalore pitch, where he and his bowling mate Stuart Clark could capture only three wickets.
Curator Daljit Singh tried to exude confidence in the fast bowlers, saying: "The pacers will still be able to extract something out of it."
"The brand new ball is crucial over here, and the first three balls I bowled in my opening spell, in hindsight, it would have been great to get them on the off stump," said Lee, who sent the first three deliveries veering down the leg side to left-hander Gautam Gambhir in the Bangalore Test.
He added: "It's crucial that we get the ball swinging in the right areas first up because we've got maybe two, three overs with the brand new ball. You see the way their [India's] bowlers bowl seam-up the first two overs, three overs max, then they hold the ball across the seam, it gets the ball chunked up, then they start it swinging back in Irish [reverse swing]. We have to make sure we understand the way it works over here. It's a lot different."