India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Visakhapatnam Stadium Pitch Report, Team Records at Visakhapatnam
Updated on: Mar 19, 2023 9:01 am IST
Team India will be facing the visiting Australian team in the second ODI match set to take place at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on 19 March, 2023 (Sunday). Things panned out amazingly well for the Indian team recently as they went on to defeat Australia by a margin of 5 wickets in the first ODI game. The Men in Blue have secured a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. However, the visitors will definitely be looking forward to fightback in the second encounter on Sunday.
Visakhapatnam Stadium Pitch Report
Visakhapatnam, a coastal city in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is all set to host a One-day International (ODI) match after a gap of over three years. The last time the city hosted an ODI was in December 2019, when India played against the West Indies. This upcoming match is expected to be an exciting one, with a promising pitch that is likely to favor the batsmen.
Recently, the venue hosted a T20I match between India and South Africa, where the pitch was relatively slow, aiding the spinners. However, overall, the pitch at this venue is known to favor the batsmen, with an average run rate of 6.04 runs per over in the ODIs played here. This means that the batters are likely to come hard, especially against the pacers, in the upcoming match.
In the nine ODIs played at Visakhapatnam, the average score batting first has been 265 runs. Of these matches, the chasing side has emerged victorious in five, indicating that the pitch is well-suited for both batting and chasing. The pitch is likely to provide a good contest between the bat and ball, with the spinners expected to have more control over the middle-overs phase.
However, the weather is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming match. Dew, a common phenomenon in coastal cities, is likely to be a factor in Visakhapatnam. Hence, the captain winning the toss is expected to opt for chasing, as the dew could make it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball and could help the batsmen play their shots more freely.
Visakhapatnam Stadium Records
- In December 2019, during India’s last match at Visakhapatnam, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul had put up an outstanding performance, stitching together a partnership of 227 runs. The match was played on a pitch that was highly favorable for batting, allowing India to post a score of 387/5 in their 50 overs. Led by Virat Kohli, India went on to win the match comfortably by 107 runs.
- The average first innings score at the Visakhapatnam stadium will once again remain around 240 – 250 mark.
- Out of the 14 ODI matches played at this ground, 9 times teams have managed to win while chasing and only thrice batting first teams have emerged victorious.
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