New Delhi. Team India has reached Mumbai for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2023. The first semi-final between India and New Zealand will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on November 15. Talking about the group round, India has won 9 out of 9 matches and New Zealand has won 5 matches. That is, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, Team India is unbeaten so far. But the team’s performance against the Kiwi team in the knockout round of the ICC tournament has not been anything special. The toss is also going to be important in the match at Wankhede. This must have raised the anxiety of coach Rahul Dravid to captain Rohit Sharma. For this reason, on reaching Mumbai, the coach first went to the Wankhede pitch with the coaching staff instead of the hotel.
Talking about World Cup 2023, 4 matches have been played in Wankhede Stadium so far. The team batting first has won 3 matches. Australia have won only one match in the chase. In this match, Glenn Maxwell played a memorable innings of 201 not out against Afghanistan. In such a situation once again the toss will be important here. Both teams will want to bat first here. The average first innings score in the current World Cup on this pitch is 357 runs and only 188 runs in the second innings.
4 wickets fell in 10 overs
If we look at the record of the 4 matches played in Mumbai in the World Cup 2023, in the first innings, an average of 52 runs has been scored in the first 10 overs while one wicket has fallen. While in the second innings only 42 runs have been scored and the teams have lost 4 wickets. This means that the fast bowlers in the light are getting the swing advantage in the opening overs. Indian bowlers have taken advantage of it. Chasing a target of 358 runs against India, the Sri Lankan team was bowled out for just 55 runs. The Indian bowlers took 6 wickets in the first 10 overs. Mohammad Shami took 5 wickets and Mohammad Siraj took 3 wickets in the match. Jasprit Bumrah also got a wicket. That means 9 out of 10 wickets were taken by Indian fast bowlers. On the other hand, in the current World Cup, New Zealand has not played a single match on this ground so far.
Fast bowlers have taken 47 wickets
Talking about the World Cup 2023, the fast bowlers have taken 47 wickets at an average of 29 so far at the Wankhede Stadium. Economy has been 6.60. Also got 5 wickets twice. If we look at the statistics of the spin bowlers, they have managed to take only 11 wickets at an average of 70. He did not reach the 3-wicket mark in any innings. As for Team India, it has 2 spin bowlers in the form of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. The role of these two will again become important in the victory of the team.
Won 12 matches
Team India has played 21 ODI matches at the Wankhede Stadium so far. He has won 12, while losing 9. The team has won 4 matches batting first while chasing the target has won 8 matches. India and New Zealand have met only once in an ODI at this ground. Kiwi team has won this match. In the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, the Indian team lost to New Zealand while chasing the target. In such a situation, everyone from Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli will want to take revenge this time.
First published: November 13, 2023, 18:51 IST