India is all set to bounce back after facing tough fight from England in the first Test match in Rajkot. Virat Kohli helped India survive anxious moments on deteriorating fifth day pitch.
With spotlight firmly on the pitch for the second match at Vizag, BCCI curator Kasturi Sriram said that the 22-yard strip “won’t have much grass” with turn on offer from second day onwards.
“There will not be much grass and we should expect the ball to turn from lunch on Day 2,” Sriram said adding that there has not been any instruction from the team thinktank.
“Yesterday, it was cold and today it’s drastically hot and humid and wicket appears dry now. We will see how is it on the eve of the match.”
Like Rajkot, it will be the first time that a Test match will be played at this venue. On October 29, New Zealand were shot out for 79 on a slow turner to hand India the five-match ODI series 3-2.
The Vizag pitch made headlines for the wrong reasons when Rajasthan skittled Assam for 69 in their second innings in a Ranji Trophy match ending inside three days with their coach Sunil Joshi, a former India leftarm spinner, crying foul.
The 2nd Test between India and England will start from November 17.