Shastri, during the pitch report for the summit clash, indicated that the pitch (pitch number five) is expected to assist spinners.
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“Same wicket that was used for India vs Pakistan.It’s different from that one because it’s been left open for quite a long time. It looks very dry, not much rolling. Looks patchy especially in the areas where spinners will land the ball. I expect it to turn a bit,” Shastri said.
Advocating for batting first after winning the toss, Shastri acknowledged the uncontrollable nature of dew and its potential impact on the game.
“Dew is uncontrollable. If there’s no dew, you could be in trouble. Batting first, getting runs on the board is premium. But India won’t be too bothered either way,” he added.
As the stage is set for the World Cup final, the pitch conditions add an intriguing element to the clash between two cricketing giants. Shastri’s analysis provides valuable insights for the teams as they prepare for a match that holds the promise of delivering high-quality cricket.
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India, the tournament favourites, enter the final with an impressive 10-match winning streak, while Australia, after initial setbacks, has bounced back with eight consecutive victories.
The final is expected to be a thrilling contest, with both teams showcasing their strengths in a bid to lift the coveted World Cup trophy.
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