South Africa and Australia will lock horns in the 2nd Semi Final of the Cricket World Cup 2023. The match is set to take place at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16, 2023.
South Africa had been one of the strongest teams in this World Cup. They defeated Australia in the league stage match as well. South Africa and Australia finished off with 7 wins and 14 points but with a better net run rate, the former finished at the 2nd position and AUS at 3rd.
The upcoming crucial Semi-Final match between SA and AUS will take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Let’s take a look at the detailed Pitch Report for this match.
In the previous matches, we have seen the Eden Gardens pitch favouring the bowlers a bit more in the later part of the match. 3 out of 4 matches so far have been won by the team batting first.
The fast bowlers are able to fetch wickets with a good swing while the ball starts gripping early on and helps the spinners.
We have seen some high-scoring games as well but it becomes difficult to chase in the 2nd innings under the lights.
The quick outfield of this ground helps to get more boundaries if you can time the ball well.
A combination of 3 pacers and 2 spinners will be ideal for this pitch.
1st innings average score will be around 275 and the par score will be more than 300.
The weather forecast predicts a cloudy weather in Kolkata. There are chances of rain as well but a game with a result is expected. The temperature is expected to hover around 24-26°C.
Established in 1864, Eden Gardens in Kolkata is the oldest cricket stadium in India. It is currently the second largest cricket stadium in India and third largest in the world. Till 2010, Eden Gardens had a seating capacity of 100,000 but it has been reduced to 66,000 after renovation before the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The stadium has a tradition of inviting any renowned cricketer to ring the stadium bell before the start of the match.
Eden Gardens has recorded an attendance of 110,564 during the 1996 Cricket World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka.
The stadium is operated by Cricket Association of Bengal and currently serves as the home ground of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.