Following the conclusion of an enthralling series of round-robin matches in the ongoing World Cup 2023, the undefeated India is set to face New Zealand in the first semifinal at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15.
India, riding on their impressive form, is widely regarded as the favorites to secure victory and advance to the summit clash. However, history suggests that the Kiwis have had the upper hand in ICC knockout games, adding an element of suspense to what could be a nail-biting affair.
All attention is focused on the Wankhede pitch, prompting India’s coaching staff, including head coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip, to inspect the wicket on Monday for this high-profile clash.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Pitch Report:
The venue has already witnessed some breathtaking run fests in the ongoing tournament. Three out of the four games played at the ground saw the team batting first scoring over 350, securing victories by significant margins. Australia was the only team to win a chase at Wankhede during the round-robin stage.
Batsmen tend to flourish in the favorable conditions during the afternoon, while seamers come into play in the second innings under the floodlights. Pace bowlers have experienced significant lateral movement in the second innings, and a similar scenario is anticipated in the first semifinal.