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With the pitch easing up and the ball going soft, it had a major impact on the skipper's plan to bowl his spinners in tandem.
The above sentences are taken from an article on Rediff.com ( on going cricket series ). What part of speech does " with pitch....and the ball going soft" belong to? And what does the whole phrase modify? And why have they used " the" article in those phrases? What is the grammatical function of "with" at the begining of the sentence?
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