The stage is set for the biggest Cricket Match of the year. Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad is going to host the Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia. More than 1 lakh spectators are expected to witness the clash at the venue on November 19. Meanwhile, you would probably want to know the Narendra Modi Stadium pitch report ahead of the World Cup 2023 final. In this article, we will analyze the conditions at Ahmedabad Cricket Stadium ahead of the IND vs AUS Final.
Ahmedabad Pitch has Favored The Team Batting Second in CWC 2023
Before the Final, Ahmedabad hosted 4 group matches of the ongoing tournament. The venue has not witnessed a 300-run total in those 4 games. In CWC 2023, the biggest first innings total here is recorded by Australia, reaching 286 in when they met England. India also played their arch-rival Pakistan at Ahmedabad, who were restricted to a mere 191 runs. India effortlessly chased down the target in just 30.3 overs. So, both India and Australia have tasted wins playing at Narendra Modi Stadium’s pitch.
The average first innings score in this World Cup at Ahmedabad is 251, and in three out of four games, the chasing team successfully reached the target. Therefore, the team batting first on Sunday would aim to set a target beyond 280. Conversely, when batting second, the average total is 244, indicating Ahmedabad ground’s conditions are favoring the team who is batting second. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that Sunday’s match is the World Cup final, and chasing teams often feel added pressure in such high-stakes encounters.
Narendra Modi Stadium Pitch Report for World Cup 2023 Final
Ahmedabad has a good balanced track that provides equal opportunities to the both batting and bowling sides. The batters will be able to time their shots. The spinners will also play their part in the middle overs.
As it’s the World Cup final, the Toss winner may opt to bat first on Sunday. The par score at the venue is 280, but in the final, India and Australia will be eager to surpass the 300-run mark. Additionally, the chasing team will face psychological pressure, considering that out of the 12 World Cup finals, only 4 times, the team batting second has lifted the trophy.
In this World Cup at Ahmedabad, it has been seen that batters time shots well in the power-play and first half of the innings. But as the ball gets older, they struggle, and wickets fall when they try to hit big shots. That’s why many teams end up getting bowled out (losing all 10 wickets) in ODI matches at Ahmedabad.