The first semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 will be played between India and New Zealand on Wednesday, November 15 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
India dominated the group stage, claiming the top position on the points table with nine consecutive victories. Their exceptional performance in both batting and bowling showcases their prowess as they strive to uphold their winning momentum and secure a place in the finals by triumphing over New Zealand.
New Zealand, on the other hand, finished in fourth place on the points table, securing five wins out of nine matches. While they began the tournament with four successive victories, they encountered a challenging phase with four consecutive defeats before rebounding strongly against Sri Lanka in the recent match.
However, before heading into this game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, and ground stats of the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai:
IND vs NZ: Wankhede Stadium Pitch Report
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has consistently provided a batting-friendly pitch in white-ball cricket, and this match is expected to be no different. Given the presence of outstanding batters in both teams, a high-scoring affair is on the horizon. However, bowlers will need pinpoint accuracy to disrupt the run-scoring flow.
Reviewing the World Cup 2023 so far, the team batting first has enjoyed success in the majority of matches. Hence, winning the toss presents an opportunity for the team to continue this trend by opting to bat first, posting a challenging total, and then defending it.
IND vs NZ: Wankhede Stadium Ground Stats
- Total matches: 33
- Matches won batting first: 17
- Matches won bowling first: 16
- Average 1st Inns scores: 248
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 199
- Highest total recorded: 438/4 (50 Ov) by RSA vs IND
- Lowest total recorded: 55/10 (19.4 Ov) by SL vs IND
- Highest score chased: 293/7 (46.5 Ov) by AUS vs AFG
- Lowest score defended: 192/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs IND