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With every team scheduled to play two warm-up games each before heading into the ODI World Cup 2023, India are all set to take on defending champions England in their first practice game on Saturday (September 30). The contest will take place at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
The match will provide England with the opportunity to get used to the Indian conditions and adapt to the nature of pitches. Meanwhile, the Men in Blue will also look to figure out their team combination ahead of the official fixtures.
India are coming from a convincing series victory over Australia and will aim to carry the momentum until the actual matches. On the other hand, England’s campaign in the World Cup comes on the heels of their win over Ireland. Nevertheless, they would still be determined to assess the playing conditions in the subcontinent.
ODI Stats and Records at Barsapara Cricket Stadium:
- Total matches: 03
- Matches won batting first: 01
- Matches won bowling first: 02
- Average 1st Innings scores: 248
- Average 2nd Innings scores: 227
- Highest total recorded: 373/7 (50 Ov) by India vs Sri Lanka
- Lowest total recorded: 50/10 (30.4 Ov) by England Women vs India Women
- Highest score chased: 326/2 (42.1 Ov) by India vs West Indies
- Lowest score defended: 373/7 (50 Ov) by India vs Sri Lanka
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Barsapara Cricket Stadium Pitch Report:
The pitch at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati usually offers favourable conditions for batters, with good bounce that helps them time their shots well. Nonetheless, bowlers can still make an impact by targeting specific areas effectively. As the match progresses, spinners can also become influential when the pitch starts providing assistance for turning the ball. In light of these conditions, the team winning the toss may lean towards batting first to establish a substantial score.
Guwahati Weather Forecast:
The weather at Barsapara Cricket Stadium Stadium in Guwahati will be cloudy and isolated thunderstorms are also expected, with a 31% chance of precipitation. However, cricket enthusiasts can expect the match to take place despite a few interruptions. The temperature is expected to hover around 33 degrees Celsius with humidity levels to be around 69% and the wind blowing at a speed of 10 Km/hr.
IND vs ENG, probable playing XI, 4th warm-up game:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav
England: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk/c), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, David Willey