In the lead-up to the highly anticipated Cricket World Cup, cricket enthusiasts around the globe are gearing up for an exciting prelude, the warm-up matches. These practice encounters, a total of 10 in number, are slated to unfold from the 29th of September to the 3rd of October. Cricket aficionados will be pleased to note that the first ball will be bowled at the universally acknowledged time for cricketing battles i.e., 2 pm.
Each participating team will get a chance to fine-tune their skills in two of these preparatory matches. The battleground for these encounters will be spread across three iconic stadiums – the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, and the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Mark your calendars for the clash of the titans as India squares off against England in a warm-up match that promises to be nothing short of a spectacle. Scheduled for the 30th of September, 2023, this match will kick off at the historic Barsapara Cricket Stadium, nestled in the heart of Guwahati, Assam. Set your alarms for 2:00 pm, this is a showdown you won’t want to miss.
Now, for the weather report from the cricketing gods – Guwahati appears to be in splendid form on the 30th of September, with no rain clouds looming large. It’s worth noting that the rainy season has been making its presence felt across the Indian subcontinent, leaving pitches waterlogged and grounds soggy. As for the pitch itself, it’s expected to be a pleasant but soft track. Spinners may have their work cut out, with the likelihood of soil accumulating on the ball. Additionally, the pace of the game might be somewhat restrained.
In terms of recent form, India is riding high on a remarkable series victory against Australia on home soil. Securing the series 2-1, India displayed formidable strength. Notably, they chose to rest key players, including stalwarts like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, for the initial games. However, in the final match, the star players returned but couldn’t secure a win. The Indian squad is undoubtedly aiming to check all the boxes before the grand event kicks off.
On the flip side, England enters this pre-World Cup phase with an emphatic series win against Ireland. While they also rested some of their top players, they managed to extract the most from the opportunities provided. The return of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes adds a significant dose of zeal and experience to the English side. As the marquee event approaches, England will be striving to ensure that both their bodies and minds are in prime condition for the ultimate cricketing showdown.