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Mohali: Pitches have evoked lots of discussions in the ongoing ICC World T20. Many cricket experts have even expressed surprise over the unexpected turn the pitches have offered so far in the tournament. And it seems the Mohali pitch, where India and Australia are set to play the decisive match on Sunday, is only going to add to the debate.
On the eve of the crucial match, Australian captain Steve Smith inspected the pitch and, according to the sources, he was surprised at what he saw. Smith found out that the middle portion (short and three-quarter length) of the pitch was watered properly while the area near the batting crease (where the spinners would land their deliveries) was kept dry.
If it happens, it will render the medium-pacers ineffective, as their pitching area will be flat and hard giving no help to them. But when the spinners will operate, they will get the benefit of the area near the batting crease that is kept dry.
To put it simply, things might be like what we saw in Nagpur and this is the reason why Australia are even thinking to play with three spinners — Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar and Glenn Maxwell.