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Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st semi-final, World Cup 2011, Colombo

Vettori surprised at used pitch

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 28, 2011

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Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, is not impressed with the use of the same pitch for Tuesday's semi-final as the one that was used for the quarter-final against England on Saturday. "They've told us we're playing on the same one as England, which is very surprising for us," Vettori said on the eve of the first semi-final against Sri Lanka. "Playing a World Cup semi-final on a used wicket; we would have thought it would be mandatory to prepare a fresh wicket, but obviously not." Sri Lanka won their quarter-final easily, strangulating England's scoring through clever use of slow bowlers and Lasith Malinga at the death, and went on to win comfortably by 10 wickets.

Vettori is spot on with his observation that it is not mandatory to play a semi-final on a fresh pitch. However, the pitch to be used for the semi-final is relatively fresh; it was used for the first time in the tournament during the quarter-final. The call on which pitch is to be used is the groundsman's, and Anuruddha Polonowita, Sri Lanka's chief groundsman, said that he has chosen the most-fair strip.

An ICC source said the choice of the exact pitch remains with the venue, as long as it complies with the ICC's guidelines for fair pitches. The choice, the source said, was between the pitch used for the Australia-Pakistan game and the one used for the quarter-final. The first one had more inconsistent bounce, hence this pitch was chosen.


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Posted by Tharindu on (March 30, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

Frankly I did not think that Vettori is a person with this kind of attitude :( You can not expect us to use a brand new pitch just for this, right ? As article have mentioned, this is fairly a new pitch, which has something for everyone! Is n't that you want in a knock out match ?? What else you expect from the pitch ??...We Sri Lankans normally have a great respect for New Zealanders as they seems to be true gentlemen. But after several incidents recently (especially after watching NZ v SA quater final) we have reasonable doubts whether do they really deserve that respect or not... P.S. After watching the semi final, we Sri Lankans came to the conclusion that New Zealanders are not the gentlemen(they used to be) any more.!!!

To Cricinfo - Why don't you post most of my comments? Is it because I mention the truth always???

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 29, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

Why Not NZ always prepare pitch according their bowlers and specially 20+ average bastmen

Posted by Sreejith on (March 29, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

Waiting for yet another boring, one sided match....

Posted by Anjana on (March 29, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

@ Toby Haws: Sri Lanka would opt to have 3 seamers (Malinga, Kulasekara and Dilhara; all better than NZ seamers- just check the stats) if the contest is even "in New Zealand on a green top...". If you witnessed the last SL tour you might have seen regularly flying Kiwi stumps; just look at the videos in you tube! You might think playing in Premadasa is far better than playing on Wellington!

Posted by Duminda on (March 29, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Whats all the fuss about?? The pitch is a used one; so what? Pitch for India-Australia match was a real turner.. Sachin was spinning the ball like Murali. I haven't seen anyone making a huge issue with that!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 29, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

That's not fair u know.. Sri Lanka should made a fresh wicket atleast for a World Cup SEMI FINAL. They just taking the advantage of their home and their curators.. ICC must look upon the pitches.. World Cup should be fair enough for both teams!

Posted by Aditha on (March 29, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

excuses from Vettori ALREADY...He's getting ready to loose :p

Posted by Abubakar on (March 29, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Vettori is right this is a world cup semi final,not an ordinary series

Posted by Ranga on (March 29, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

every track is used and more importantly this track will be evened out now and would be best for batting...bowlers will need to bring their A game.....all those comments are becoz of the lack of knowledge of the subcontinental wickets...A stuggling England made 229 here where as in Melbourne, Sydney 240-250 always considered as a excellent score...what's the big deal here....they way SL batted that wicket seemed 320+ track....obviously a good one to bat on..we non sub-continental guys always say in India, SL, Pak we got flat tracks and our players are flat track bullies...so in ur opinion if this is not a flat track why worry and and even if this is a flat track why can't ur batsmen score on them... @Toby Hawes: id be very surprised if any NZ ground prepare a green top after this late in to a tournament..somewhat difficult eh...anyway we played at NZ green tops and I think last time SL came to ur country we still thrashed u 4-1...so rest ur opinion....

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 29, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

this is strange all these people are missing the point that one team has played on this very pitch just 3 days ago and one has not. Is that not a significant advantage to SL ?? Surely a 15 run start before the game has even commenced. Like NZ needed that. If SL do go through I hope India win for this underarm I mean underhand play the SL's have decided to undertake to greatly enhance their chances.

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