The 32nd match of the ICC ODI World Cup, 2023 will be played between South Africa and New Zealand on Wednesday, November 1 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
South Africa has been outstanding in the 2023 World Cup, securing victory in five out of the six matches they have played. They currently hold the second position on the points table and are entering this match after a thrilling one-wicket win against Pakistan, determined to continue their winning streak in the tournament.
On the other hand, New Zealand has also been impressive, securing victory in four out of the six matches they have played in the tournament. However, they approach this game after facing two consecutive defeats against India and Australia, and they are determined to stage a strong comeback.
However, before heading into this game, let’s take a look at the pitch report and ground stats of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune:
NZ vs SA: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium Pitch Report
The pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium is conducive to batting, and we should expect a high-scoring contest, given the presence of formidable power-hitters in the line-ups of both New Zealand and South Africa. Moreover, fast bowlers may find initial assistance, should they find the right line and length. As the game progresses, spinners are likely to come into play.
The history of this venue suggests that teams choosing to chase have had the upper hand in most matches. Thus, it’s a strategic move for the team that wins the toss to elect to bowl first.
NZ vs SA: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium Ground Stats
- Total matches: 9
- Matches won batting first: 4
- Matches won bowling first: 5
- Average 1st Inns scores: 294
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 274
- Highest total recorded: 356/7 (48.1 Ov) by IND vs ENG
- Lowest total recorded: 232/10 (49.4 Ov) by IND vs AUS
- Highest score chased: 356/7 (48.1 Ov) by IND vs ENG
- Lowest score defended: 283/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs IND