India has been on a winning streak, winning nine consecutive games to take the top spot in the 2023 World Cup group stage. They are now all set to face familiar foes New Zealand in the first semifinal on Wednesday at Mumbai’s famous Wankhede Stadium. The Indian team’s perfect record and the enthusiastic home crowd present a difficult challenge for New Zealand, which is currently fourth in the points table. The winner of this match will face either Australia or South Africa in the final on Sunday.
Wankhede Stadium Weather
India, competing for their third title, has demonstrated their strength with convincing victories over Australia, Pakistan, England, and South Africa. Despite a tough group stage against New Zealand in Dharamsala, India won thanks to Virat Kohli’s impressive score of 95. Interestingly, it was the same match in which India changed its lineup due to the absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was out due to injury. The team’s dominance has continued with excellent performances in both batting and bowling, particularly by Mohammed Shami, who joined the XI after Pandya’s absence and has taken 16 wickets in six matches since then.
Virat Kohli is on top of the run charts, scoring 594 runs in nine games, and Rohit Sharma, the captain, is in the fourth position with 503 runs. He has the highest strike-rate among all the openers playing in all nine matches. It’s cool that four out of India’s six main batters have hit centuries in the tournament.
This is the second time in a row that India is facing New Zealand in the semifinals of the ODI World Cup. In 2019, the Kiwis won by 21 runs in a match affected by rain, and it went on for two days. Now, as we get ready for the first semifinal, let’s check out the weather forecast for Mumbai on Wednesday.
Mumbai Weather Forecast Report
Unlike the 2019 match in Manchester, the weather in Mumbai is expected to stay clear all day on Wednesday. It’s going to be a hot afternoon with a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, and the air quality might not be great. Air pollution has been a problem in many parts of India lately, with Delhi facing some of the worst conditions.
As the night comes, the temperature is expected to cool down to 31 degrees Celsius. We can look forward to a full match in Mumbai. However, just in case unexpected rain tries to spoil the game, there’s a plan in place. If non-stop rain interferes and the match can’t finish on Wednesday, there’s a backup day scheduled for Thursday.
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