India vs Australia WTC Final: Kennington Oval Pitch Report, Team Records at London
Updated on: Jun 6, 2023 5:04 pm IST
Team India will be locking horns with Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final 2023 scheduled to be starting from 7 June, 2023 at the Kennington Oval in London. Both these teams have toiled really hard in the last two years to qualify for this summit clash. Leading up to the ultimate battle, India have witnessed as many as 3 victories and only a single Test defeat in the recent while. On the other hand, Australia have managed to win 2 out of their last 5 Test matches that includes 1-2 series defeat in India.
Kennington Oval Pitch Report
48 hours before the iconic India vs Australia World Test Championship 2023 Final, there was a lot of grass on the pitch at the Kennington Oval in London. Incidentally, this is the first time in the Test cricket history when a Test match is being played at the Oval in the month of June. Predicting the winner between the ball and the bat is challenging in England’s ever-changing and unpredictable weather conditions. The pitch offers advantages to both bowlers and batters, making the outcome of the toss crucial. Many teams choose to bat first, considering the assistance spinners receive in the later stages of the match due to dryness, as previously observed. The batsmen faced a tough challenge in dealing with the sharp turn.
The Oval, an iconic English cricket ground, has long been renowned for its classic attributes of fast and lively pitches. Nevertheless, in recent times, there has been a noticeable shift towards a more balanced playing surface, offering increased support to spin bowlers.
Two days to go for the #WTCFinal and this is how the pitch looks like ?
What is your playing XI gonna be? ? pic.twitter.com/wLyYHr4vcy
— DK (@DineshKarthik) June 5, 2023
Is Kennington Oval batting or bowling pitch?
Kennington Oval has maintained a consistent reputation for offering wickets that provide favorable bounce. Initially, the pitch tends to support swing bowling, presenting challenges for batsmen. However, it will ease as the match progresses into Day 3 and beyond.
Team Records at London
- Out of the 108 Test matches played at the Kennington Oval, 38 games have been won by teams batting first while fielding first teams have emerged victorious 29 times.
- India have played as many as 14 Test matches on this venue so far where they won 2, lost 3 and drawing 7 of them.
- During their most recent Test match at the Oval in 2021, India defeated England by 157 runs.
- Australia has competed in 34 matches at this venue, emerging victorious in seven, suffering defeat in 17, and settling for a draw in 14 encounters.
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