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Wankhede Stadium Mumbai Pitch Report For IND vs NZ World Cup Semifinal Match

image-loxtu4hoWankhede Stadium, Mumbai [X.com]

On Wednesday, two giant cricketing nations, India and New Zealand, will cross swords against each other in the first semifinal of the ongoing ODI World Cup. Both teams have enjoyed stellar success in the tournament. Led by Rohit Sharma, India topped the league stage with 18 points, while the Kiwis fought hard to make it into the knockouts as the fourth side. However, considering their recently developed rivalry, we anticipate a nail-biting contest in this match. 

So, as India and New Zealand gear up to take on each other, let's see how the pitch at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is expected to play. 

Wankhede Stadium Mumbai Pitch Report

The surface at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has been a paradise for the batters in the afternoon. With no real lateral movement available, the seamers have relied on new-ball swing to do some damage. On the other hand, the track's pace and bounce make it a belter, and with short square boundaries, the batters have enjoyed their time in the middle in the first half

However, as soon as the sun sets, the Mumbai wicket becomes a nightmare for the top-order batters. The breeze helps the new-ball bowlers get some swing, while the moisture offers them subtle seam movement for quite a few overs. So, considering how the pitch has behaved across both innings, it will be a no-brainer for the toss-winning team to bat first and put runs on the board.