Rohit Sharma celebrates after scoring a hundred in the second ODI. (BCCI)
The series is just two matches old, but the cricket fans have already been entertained with 1257 runs in the 193.1 overs bowled so far. And it's not going to be any different at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Saturday, where India and Australia will play for a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series.
Barring India's unsuccessful chase in Pune, it's so far been a you-bowl-I-hit series where bowlers have been treated with utter disdain on two tracks perfectly laid out for the batsmen to have fun. Mohali's run-laden history is set to offer another feast for the willow-wielders.
"The Champions League matches were quite high scoring and the pitches had good bounce and carry. I can say that the Twenty20 matches were like a dress-
rehearsal ahead of this ODI. Expect the same on Saturday," the chief curator of the PCA Stadium, Daljit Singh, told The Indian Express.
With winter making its entry in North India, Singh says dew could also come into play late in the evening, which may rule the captains' decision at the toss. "The monsoons have just got over. At this time of the year in Mohali, dew starts to set in later in the evening. It is especially severe in winters, but yes even now dew comes up every evening," Singh said.
But Singh's team is ready to take measures to minimise the effect of dew. "We have stopped watering the pitch, the outfield has been mown close to the ground and and we will use a non-toxic spray on the match day to keep the dew away from the field. In addition, we will also use thick ropes to remove dew from the ground during the second half of the match," he told the newspaper.