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IND vs NZ Semifinal: Weather Uncertainties May Influence The Showdown At Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium

Meteorological predictions and ground conditions have added an extra layer of tension, particularly for the Indian team.

Edited By : Malika Sahni | Updated: Nov 15, 2023 07:41 IST
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The highly anticipated semifinal clash between India and New Zealand has ignited immense excitement among fans. Set to unfold today at Mumbai’s Wankhede Cricket Stadium, this venue promises considerable advantages for teams batting first, hinting at an impending deluge of boundaries.

However, the Meteorological Department’s insights have injected tension among players and fans ahead of the match. Providing a weather forecast for Mumbai on November 15, the department’s report has heightened anxiety within the Indian team.

Amidst hopes of a rain-free encounter, the Meteorological Department assures a sunny day at Wankhede Stadium. The predicted minimum temperature stands at 26 degrees Celsius, reaching a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius. A moderate wind speed of 14 kilometers per hour is expected, with 44 percent humidity ruling out any rain threats. Nonetheless, the anticipated dew during the night raises concerns, potentially affecting the latter stages of the match, particularly for the team bowling later.

This scenario underscores India’s advantage in bowling first. However, should India lose the toss, the decision-making responsibility shifts to Kane, presenting a pivotal moment in the game.

The toss assumes significant importance as Wankhede Stadium favors teams batting first. The ground’s small dimensions facilitate a flurry of boundaries, evident from an average first innings score of 261 runs. Statistics show a nearly balanced outcome, with 14 victories for teams batting first and 13 for those bowling first. Nevertheless, the moisture in the pitch poses challenges for bowlers in later stages, adding to the Indian captain’s dilemma post-toss.

The impending clash stands at a precipice, with weather conditions and pitch dynamics poised to impact the crucial semifinal encounter. The stakes are high, leaving both teams strategizing meticulously for a match that could hinge on these decisive weather-centric factors.

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First published on: Nov 15, 2023 07:41 AM IST

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