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1st ODI: Curator expecting 300-plus score on Barabati track

November 28, 2011 09:20 IST

The track at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack, the venue for the first One-dayer between India and the West Indies, will be tailor-made for batting with plenty of runs on offer, curator Pankaj Patnaik has said.

The first ODI will be played on Tuesday.

Going by Patnaik's words, the sellout crowd is set to witness a high-scoring match.

"We have prepared a batting-friendly wicket and there will be plenty of runs for the batsmen. I am not ruling out a total of 300," Patnaik said.

"Bowlers will get good bounce and there will be little turn for spinners but we have to make sure the wicket offers lots of runs as it's a One-day match after all," he added.

That India chased down on the last two occasions -- 243 vs Sri Lanka (December 21, 2009) and 273 vs England (November 26, 2008), which suggests that the team batting second is likely to have an advantage.

"There will be the dew factor in these parts of the country. But we are taking all the precautions. We will use some chemical spray to keep dew at bay. We will use it before the match in two-hour intervals so that it will negate the dew effect."

Traditionally, Cuttack has been a lucky venue for the Indian team, which has won on nine occasions, lost four times and one was abandoned due to rain.

In the last match played at the Barabati, India defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets, chasing down Sri Lanka's 240-run target with 45 balls to spare.

Against the West Indies, they have an all-win record at the venue, having won on both occasions -- on November 9, 1994 and January 24, 2007.

The capacity at the renovated stadium has increased from 39,000 to 45,000.

Tickets have been sold out on the first day of sales on Saturday, with thousands queuing up since early morning.

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