Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is set to host the 33rd game of the ODI World Cup 2023 on Thursday. It is the 7th game of the tournament for both the Indian and Sri Lankan teams. 12 years ago, both teams met at the same venue during the 2011 World Cup final.
The Indian team heads into the contest with a 100% record so far after having played six games. If they happen to win on Thursday, India will move into the semi-final stages of the tournament.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, needs a win to keep in touch with the race for the fourth spot. Pakistan’s win over Bangladesh means that the game against India is a must-win for Kusal Mendis and his team.
Hot weather and plenty of runs on offer in Mumbai –
The weather in Mumbai has been sultry with the daytime temperatures being scorching. Since the winter hasn’t hit Mumbai, there is very little chance of dew to play a key role. In the last two games, South Africa batted first posted a huge total, and won the games handsomely.
One expects the trend to continue as the skipper winning the toss might want to bat first and put the opposition under pressure. The Indian batting will want to bounce back after their below-par showing against England on Sunday in Lucknow.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, remembers the last meeting between the two sides. Team India had bowled out the Sri Lankans for a mere 50 runs on the board during the 2023 Asia Cup final. India then went on to win the game and the title with ten wickets in hand.
The Pitch will be a paradise for batting as there will be lots of runs on offer. There will be good carry and bounce with the new ball, and the spinners will come into play with the older ball. Since the boundaries are short and since the outfield is electric expect lots of boundaries being hit.
South Africa had scored 399 versus England and followed it up with 382 versus Bangladesh. On both occasions, they had won the game by 229 runs and 149 runs each. By the time the lights come into play the players will enjoy better conditions for cricket and Mumbai could serve another high-scoring affair.