India and Australia are set to face off in the final of the Cricket World Cup 2023 at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. India has had a flawless run in the tournament, winning all 9 league matches and defeating New Zealand in the semi-final. Australia, on the other hand, had a rocky start with two initial losses but went on to win the next 8 matches, securing their spot in the final against the hosts. While the focus will be on the battle between the two cricketing powerhouses, there is also significant interest in the Ahmedabad pitch.
The pitch came into the spotlight after the first semi-final between India and New Zealand. ICC’s independent pitch consultant, Andy Atkinson, accused the BCCI of last-minute pitch swapping. However, the ICC clarified the matter, and since then, all eyes have been on the pitch for the final.
The pitch to be used in the final was previously used in the India-Pakistan game in this World Cup. It has a darkish hue, indicating a black soil surface, which typically results in lower bounce and slow turn. Interestingly, in this World Cup, teams chasing have won three out of the four matches played at this ground. Dew will also be a factor, unlike some other venues in the tournament. The average first innings score at the Narendra Modi Stadium in this World Cup is 251.
In terms of weather, rain has had minimal impact on the World Cup matches. Only the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa experienced some rain interruptions. However, the skies are expected to remain clear for the India vs. Australia final in Ahmedabad. According to AccuWeather, there is a zero percent chance of rain, and the cloud cover will also be zero percent throughout the day. This ensures that a full 100-over contest will take place, eliminating the need for the reserve day.
As the teams gear up for the final battle, all eyes will be on the Ahmedabad pitch and the weather conditions, which could play crucial roles in determining the outcome of the match.