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Kolkata pitch under investigation

The erratic behaviour of the pitch at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday during the Indian Premier League match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Charges will be probed.

Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Niranjan Shah said the IPL's technical committee and the Cricket Association of Bengal would probe all aspects of the pitch to ensure that a better wicket is prepared for the upcoming matches.

The Twenty20 encounter saw 15 wickets falling in just 37.4 overs against a score of 222 runs, with both captains Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman getting hurt from unpredictable bounces by the pace bowlers.

Laxman, who scored a memorable 281 against Australia in a Test match in 2001, rued that the pitch was "shocking."

"This sort of wicket would not at all help Twenty20 or for that matter cricket in general," Laxman said.

Laxman hurt his fingers from a sharp rising delivery from pacer Ishant Sharma that kicked off awkwardly. Even deliveries from Andrew Symonds saw ball rising above the batsman's head and Deccan wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist behind the wicket had a tough time keeping against them.

The central pitch was used for the first match which saw Kolkata edge home by five wickets in a thrilling finish to register their second consecutive victory.

Kolkata will host its second match on April 29 between Kolkata and Mumbai Indians.

All the players, including Kolkata captain Ganguly was critical of the erratic behaviour of the pitch.



source - rediff.com
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