Eden curator promises 'lots of runs' in second ODI

Veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee on Tuesday said the Eden Gardens pitch for the India-Pakistan One-Day International (ODI) to be held on Thursday would be a "proper one-day wicket" with something for everybody.

"It will be a proper one-day wicket assisting stroke-play for the batsmen. There will be bounce for the pacers and spinners will get purchase in the later stages of the game," said Mukherjee.

Mukherjee had courted controversy after slamming India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni over his demand for a square turner in the Test match against England last month.

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Down a game in the three-match series, India will meet Pakistan for the second game at the Eden on Thursday.

"It will be the same pitch which was used for the Test match against England, but it will be a typical one-day wicket with lot of runs," said Mukherjee.

The veteran also said that dew will not be an important factor as it is a day-and-night match.

"During this time of the year you get some dew but with the availability of dew-fighting equipment, I do not think dew would be a factor," added Mukherjee.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan team, which arrived in the city on Monday, practiced hard at the nets on Tuesday.

The Indian team is slated to arrive later in the day and have an optional practice session. Dhoni, though, is already in the city.

IANS