GT vs MI, Qualifier 2 | Narendra Modi Stadium Pitch Report
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In the Eliminator match, Mumbai Indians, the five-time champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), achieved a resounding victory over Lucknow Super Giants with a remarkable margin of 81 runs. This triumph secured their place in the season's Qualifier 2. Led by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians will now face the reigning champions, Gujarat Titans, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 26th May, Friday.
Despite Gujarat Titans' loss to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1, the team led by Hardik Pandya earned themselves a second opportunity to compete for the title by finishing first in the league stage. The winning team will qualify for the final which will be played against the four time champions of the tournament Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Before the Qualifier 2 match between GT and MI kicks off at the Narendra Modi Stadium, it is crucial to assess the pitch conditions.
Pitch Report of Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium has been pre-dominantly favourable for batter, but it has also offered some assistance to the new ball bowlers. In the IPL, the average score in the first innings stands at 187; in the second innings, it drops slightly to 167. The venue hosted seven matches during the league stages and we saw some fiercest contest with one of them being GT vs KKR where Rinku Singh smacked five sixes on trot against Yash Dayal to drive his team to victory.
During the 2023 season, out of the seven matches held at the venue, the teams chasing emerged victorious on three occasions, while the team defending the total also won three matches. The stadium has witnessed a mix of high-scoring contests and low-scoring thrillers, showcasing the exciting and unpredictable nature of the matches played there.
Pitch behaviour in IPL 2023 at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium
- 1st Innings average score: 187
- 2nd Innings average score: 167
- Matches won batting 1st: 4
- Matches won batting 2nd: 3
Based on the historical records of the venue, the teams batting second have enjoyed greater success, resulting in a higher number of victories. Consequently, the captain winning the toss would typically choose to field first without hesitation. However, considering that the last four matches have concluded in favour of the team batting first, the skipper may have second thoughts and carefully consider their decision before opting to bowl first.