With the ODI World Cup 2023 on the horizon, cricket enthusiasts around the globe are eagerly awaiting the thrilling clashes that will unfold on the pitches of India. The countdown to this prestigious tournament has begun, and anticipation is building as each participating team prepares to make their mark on the world stage.
To ensure that teams are well-prepared and acclimatized to the conditions in India, the organizers have scheduled two warm-up games for each participating nation. These warm-up matches serve as a crucial opportunity for teams to fine-tune their strategies, test their combinations, and adapt to the unique challenges posed by Indian pitches and weather.
On September 28, the cricketing world’s attention will be riveted on the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, where Bangladesh is set to face off against Sri Lanka in the first warm-up fixture of the ODI World Cup 2023. This encounter promises to be an exciting preview of the intense battles that lie ahead in the tournament.
Notably, these two teams crossed paths not too long ago in the highly competitive Asia Cup 2023, where they engaged in gripping contests. Sri Lanka emerged victorious on both occasions, underscoring their prowess in the one-day format. With history in mind, both teams will be eager to assert their dominance in this warm-up class.
ODI Stats and Records at Barsapara Cricket Stadium:
- Total matches: 03
- Matches won batting first: 01
- Matches won bowling first: 02
- Average 1st Inns scores: 248
- Average 2nd Inns 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 typically favours the batters, providing a good bounce and making it easier for them to time their shots. However, bowlers can make an impact by hitting the right spots. The spinners come into play as well during the later phase of the game when the pitch offers assistance for turning the ball. Given these conditions, the team winning the toss might prefer to bat first to set a strong total, but adaptability and smart reading of the pitch will be essential for both sides.
Guwahati Weather Forecast:
The weather at Barsapara Cricket Stadium Stadium in Guwahati will be partly cloudy, with a 14% chance of precipitation. However, cricket enthusiasts can expect the match to take place despite a little interruption from the rain gods. The temperature is expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius with humidity levels to be around 61% and the wind blowing at a speed of 11 Km/hr.
BAN vs SL, playing XI, 1st warm-up game:
Bangladesh: Towhid Hridoy, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, S Samarawickrama (wk), Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana
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