Team India and Australia will take on each other in the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The highly-anticipated India vs Australia final is scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (November 19). And it looks like the pitch will be a major talking point once again.
The pitch was one of the biggest talking points before the first semifinal between India and New Zealand after reports emerged that the BCCI had changed the pitch at the last moment. The ICC and the BCCI had reportedly agreed to conduct the match on a fresh pitch. However, the BCCI decided to conduct the game on a used surface at the last moment. Several former cricketers including former Michael Vaughan had expressed disappointment over the same.
But contrary to what many were expecting, the game between India and New Zealand turned out to be a high-scoring game as more than 700 runs were scored. India scored 397 for 4 in the allotted 50 overs before New Zealand replied with 327.
India vs Australia final to take place on used pitch:
According to a report in the Indian Express, the India vs Australia match is set to take place on a slow and used pitch. The match will be played on the same pitch as the India vs Pakistan game last month. The report stated that the used pitch will be slow and sluggish where the batters will struggle to time the ball. The spinners could make a big impact on the game.
India had bowled out Pakistan for just 191 on the same pitch last month before going on to win the game by 7 wickets. Meanwhile, India have entered the final after winning 10 matches in a row. On the other hand, Australia have qualified for the final after winning 8 games in a row.
Australia began their campaign with two losses before winning 8 games in a row. Earlier in the competition, India defeated Australia in the league stage. The Men in Blue had bowled them out for just 199 runs before winning the game by six wickets.