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Will dew be a factor during second ODI in Cuttack?

January 17, 2017 23:38 IST

If the dew sets in, the toss may play a determining role in favour of the side batting second during the second India vs England ODI in Cuttack on Thursday.

 

India may be on a high after their incredible three-wicket win in Pune but when they arrive in Cuttack on Wedneday the dew factor would certainly play on their minds ahead of the second ODI against England on January 19.

According to the local curator Pankaj Patnaik, the dew starts settling in by 5.30pm IST and if it does on the match day then the toss may play a determining role in favour of the side batting second.

"There has been heavy dew for last few days and we will try our best to negate it -- by using chemical spray, two super-soppers and roping the field," Patnaik said on Tuesday.

The outfield grass has also been trimmed to about six millimetres from eight so that dew soaks into the ground, he added.

The venue hosted its last ODI more than two years ago when India put up a record 363 for five en route to thrashing Sri Lanka by 169 runs to set the tone for a 5-0 clean sweep.

Virat Kohli-led India have already made their intentions clear as they chased down England's massive 351 by three wickets with 11 balls to spare in Pune to go 1-0 up in the three-match series and another run-feast cannot be ruled out in Cuttack.

"It's difficult for me to predict a total but this pitch will be full of runs as it has always been. It will be out an out batting and it's up for the batters to make it count," the curator said.

The same strip was used last for the Haryana versus Jammu and Kashmir group C Ranji Trophy fixture that ended in a draw with the former taking three points on basis of their first innings lead after piling 502 in the first innings.

The two teams will arrive on Wednesday and practice in the evening.

Photograph: BCCI

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