The 20th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be played between England and South Africa on Saturday, October 21 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
England‘s World Cup campaign didn’t begin on a positive note, with a humiliating nine-wicket defeat by New Zealand. However, they rebounded strongly, securing a victory against Bangladesh. In their latest match in Delhi, they stumbled again, succumbing to a 69-run defeat against Afghanistan.
Going into this game, they receive a significant reinforcement with the return of their star all-rounder, Ben Stokes, who has completely recovered from the hip injury he sustained before the tournament’s outset. Their aim is to bounce back with greater strength in this match.
South Africa, on the other hand, kicked off the tournament in a champion’s style with two big victories over Sri Lanka and Australia. However, their winning streak was halted by a disappointing 38-run loss to the Netherlands in their most recent Dharamsala match. They are determined to come back stronger in this game.
However before heading into this game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, stats and ground records of Wankhede Stadium:
ENG vs SA: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Pitch Report
The ICC picked four of the 13 pitches at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium for the 2023 World Cup, including the semifinal. Wankhede usually favours batsmen, but there’s a bit of help for the fast bowlers.
In the recent history of this venue, four out of the last five matches saw the chasing team emerge victorious. The one exception was when South Africa set a record by scoring a massive 438, the highest ODI total ever at this ground.
Choosing to chase at this venue will be the wise decision for the captains, considering the influence of the dew factor.
ENG vs SA: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Ground Records
- Total matches: 29
- Matches won batting first: 14
- Matches won bowling first: 15
- Average 1st Inns scores: 234
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 201
- Highest total recorded: 438/4 (50 Ov) by RSA vs IND
- Lowest total recorded: 79/10 (27.1 Ov) by INDW vs AUSW
- Highest score chased: 284/4 (49 Ov) by NZ vs IND
- Lowest score defended: 192/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs IND