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‘Pitch advantage not much of a factor’ Cummins

Published : 18 Nov 2023 09:22 PM

The 2023 ODI World Cup final between India and Australia will be played on pitch No. 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the surface that was used for the India-Pakistan match. 

India won that game in 73 overs, but it was played on October 14, when the weather was hot and dry. A little over a month later, there's an early winter nip in the air in Ahmedabad, the evenings are cooler, and there's a lot more dew. Pitch no. 5 has been watered, rolled, and watered. The curator believes it will retain a little more moisture now.

India's captain and coach, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid, spent considerable time pitch side during India's optional nets on Friday evening. Australia arrived in Ahmedabad late Friday evening and had their first and only training session ahead of the final early on Saturday morning.