The first semi-final of the World Cup 2023 between India and Australia will be played today i.e. on Wednesday, November 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This match is going to be interesting. When the two teams met in the semi-finals of the last World Cup, New Zealand won the match. This is the reason why Team India will take revenge against New Zealand by setting their own score and enter the final after 2011. However, there is a phase in this match, which will last for about an hour, but it will be the most dangerous phase of the match. Fast bowlers can wreak havoc in that phase.
In fact, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is very close to the sea and the ball moves more if there is a sea breeze in the evening. World Cup 4 league matches of 2023 have been played here and all those matches had a phase where the bowlers troubled the batsmen badly. This phase usually takes place between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. At that time, the sea breeze blows at a high speed and the humidity is also less. Meanwhile the second innings is starting and the powerplay game is going on and wickets are falling in the mean time.
World Cup 2023 If we look at the four league matches, the powerplay score has been like this, England team scored 67/4, Bangladesh 35/3, Sri Lanka 14/6 and Australia 52/4. Only the Australian team won, as Glenn Maxwell played an unbeaten innings of 201 runs to defeat the Afghanistan team. Apart from this, no team could come out of this setback. In such a situation, something similar can be seen in the World Cup 2023 semi-finals. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammed Shami can prove dangerous if India bowl in the second innings, while Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Kyle Jamieson can cause panic if New Zealand bowl in the second innings.
Speaking to The Indian Express, former Wankhede Stadium curator Nadeem Memon says, “There is a saying in Mumbai that if you bat in Mumbai, that too in the evening, then wait for the first 10 overs. Just then the evening breezes are passing. Respect him. Due to which the batsman may have to lose his wicket. The pitch is made of red clay, which helps grip the ball. So, if the seamer can bowl the ball over the seam, he can achieve swing. Bounce is common on this ground, but the wind gives fast bowlers an extra weapon.