By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Lucknow, Nov 5 (PTI) Twenty20 is always considered to be a batsmen-friendly format but the second Twenty20 International between India and West Indies here on Tuesday is expected to be a low scoring affair, according to a local curator. Lucknow is hosting an international cricket match after 24 long years with the newly-built Ekana Stadium making its debut. But going by a local curator, the cricket-crazy fans of the city are up for a dampener as anything above 130 would be a winning score for the team batting first. “It won’t be a high-scoring game for sure. The pitch has long dead grass on both sides with cracks in between. It will be a slow bouncing wicket and spinners are expected to play a big part from the beginning,” the curator told PTI. “The pitch is made of soil exported from Odisha’s Bolangir which is famous for its slow nature. Both the teams will find it difficult to score runs and hit big shots with long square boundaries,” he added. BCCI’s chief curator Daljit Singh was in charge of the wicket here from the beginning and he prepared the pitch with the help of UPCA curators like Ravindra Chauhan, Shiv Kumar and Surendra. Another curator who worked on the surface said had local soil been used to prepare the pitch, it would have been a run fest on Tuesday. Besides the surface, another important factor which is expected to play spoil sport is dew. “The outfield is perfect and fast, but dew is definitely going to play a big part. The winter is setting in North India now and dew is going to play a big role from the first ball. So, the ball won’t be racing towards the boundary and the batsmen will have to do a lot of running,” the local curator said.advertisement The first T20 International of the three-match series at the Eden Gardens was also a low-scoring tie with West Indies managing just 109 for 8 after being sent into bat, a target which India chased down with five wickets in hand in 17.5 overs. PTI SSC KHSKHS
Joe Schmidt has thanked his Ireland bosses for their “patience” while he finalises the decision on his long-term future.The Ireland head coach’s contract expires after next year’s World Cup in Japan, and next week he will announce his decision on his long-term movements.The 53-year-old is expected to return to his native New Zealand after the 2019 World Cup, and is a firm favourite to step into a future All Blacks coaching set-up. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Read more USA rugby union team “I’m so confident that we have such a great group. The last month has been a huge collective effort, and we’ve worked really hard.”Andrew Conway’s hat-trick steered Ireland to their eight-try victory over the USA, with the hosts showing 14 changes from the stunning 16-9 win over New Zealand.Jack Conan, Tadhg Beirne, Stuart McCloskey, Quinn Roux and John Ryan all crossed too, as Joe Schmidt’s men stopped the Eagles from completing an unbeaten calendar year.Darren Sweetnam suffered an early back injury which forced Ireland into a total backline reshuffle, denying Joey Carbery the chance for an extended run at fly-half.Schmidt admitted he was happy with the nature of Ireland’s victory, in closing out a November series of four wins on the spin.“It’s a really pleasing result, because the USA are very physical,” said Schmidt.“We were really conscious that they would be tough going, you don’t beat Scotland not have something in the locker.“Darren Sweetnam’s back tightened. He was struggling to run freely.“He tried to play on but he was pretty uncomfortable. Joey Carbery’s versatility is already well-known so we were able to move things around.”The USA head coach Gary Gold hailed Ireland as one of the clear favourites for next year’s World Cup.Asked to assess just how good Ireland are, Gold replied: “They are up there with as good as I think I’ve ever seen, no question of a doubt.“The strength in depth in Irish rugby at the moment is ridiculously healthy.“It’s a massive credit to not only Joe and his coaching staff but also the health of Irish rugby at the moment.“I’ve said it for a while now, they are certainly one of the sheer favourites for the World Cup.” news Ireland thrashed the United States 57-14 in Dublin on Saturday to complete a second-straight autumn series clean sweep, with Schmidt afterwards admitting he is very nearly ready to confirm his long-term future plans.“I’m just incredibly lucky to have the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) with the patience they have,” said Ireland boss Schmidt.“I’ve committed to a certain time-frame with them and I’ve stuck to that.“I’ve given them an indication and I just need to talk to people tomorrow and that will be made public early next week.“It might be frustrating for you guys but it’s really wrecking my head.“They’ve said, ‘don’t be rash, if you change your mind we’d love to continue that conversation or if you change your mind another way let’s talk about that’.“They’ve set out about five different scenarios and have been great with me.“I’m a small cog in a machine. Share on Messenger Reuse this content The Observer Ireland rugby union team Autumn internationals Share on Facebook Rugby union Topics Dismal Australia fail to answer Michael Cheika’s demand for swagger Read more Support The Guardian Liam Williams leads Wales to South Africa win and first clean sweep Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.