Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium | Source: X/Twitter
The 27th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be played between Australia and New Zealand on Saturday, October 28th at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala.
Australia has had their fair share of action in this tournament, with five games played, three in the win column, and two in the loss column. They are buzzing after a massive 309-run win against Netherlands and are all set to ride that confidence train into their next match.
On the other hand, New Zealand is having an exceptional World Cup 2023 campaign, clinching victories in 4 out of their 5 matches. Their sole defeat came at the hands of India in the last game, and they are determined to regroup and come back with a vengeance in the next match.
New Zealand | Source: X/Twitter
Before getting into the excitement of the game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, and ground stats of HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala:
AUS vs NZ: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala Pitch Report
Dharamsala’s pitch is famous for its fast-bowling favouritism, giving a helping hand to pacers while not being too welcoming to spinners. Batters will need to carefully assess the bowlers’ line and length, and once they get their eye in, they can target a big score.
Considering that most matches have favoured the team chasing, it’s apparent that batting under the lights has its advantages. So, the team that wins the toss might want to think about bowling first.
AUS vs NZ: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala Ground Stats
Total matches: 8
Matches won batting first: 3
Matches won bowling first: 5
Average 1st Inns scores: 237
Average 2nd Inns scores: 209
Highest total recorded: 364/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs BAN
Lowest total recorded: 112/10 (38.2 Ov) by IND vs SL
Highest score chased: 274/6 (48 Ov) by IND vs NZ
Lowest score defended: 245/8 (43 Ov) by NED vs RSA