Dhoni, Ponting unhappy with turning track at Chinnaswamy

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Indian captain Mahendra SinghDhoni and Australian skipper Ricky Ponting today expressedunhappiness with the Chinnaswamy Stadium track, saying that itwas turning too much in their warm-up game and they wouldexpect better wicket in the World Cup matches.

Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh exploited to turningpitch with figures of 4/31 and 3/15 respectively to help Indiascore a thumping 38-run win over Australia in their firstwarm-up game here.

"It will be difficult to chase anything over 230 odd onsuch kinds of tracks. It would be good if the wicket turnsslightly less ahead," said Dhoni after the match.

Ponting said he thought the track under-prepared andwanted better wickets in the proper tournament.

"It was hard to bat on right through the day. It spun alot in the second innings. Hopefully as the tournament goeson, we will get better wickets than this one. This one lookeda bit under prepared," said Ponting.

"We know that as the tournament goes on, we could getwickets like this we will have to find a way to do well,"added Ponting.

Dhoni praised the efforts of Chawla for demolishing theAustralian middle-order.

"Piyush has a good googly and nowadays we see that theumpires give more lbws. He turns the odd one and has a verygood wrong un," the captain said

Dhoni also ruled out any injury worry to both SachinTendulkar and Zaheer Khan. The duo did not did not play todaydue to small niggles.

"When we have players who have a few niggles, we have tobe careful. It''s not about winning these warm-up games. Thereal task starts when we get into the tournament. Sachin andZaheer have small niggles," he said.

"Sachin will definitely play next game (in Chennaiagainst New Zealand on February 16. The Chennai crowd lovehim. As for Zaheer, he has a minor groin strain; so we willhave to wait and watch." (More) PTI SHN PDS

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