Good news for batsmen as Wankhede Stadium pitch expected to be full of runs for Sunday’s India vs SA ODI series decider
As the India versus South Africa ODI series heads for an exciting finish after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men fought back in the fourth match in Chennai on Thursday to level the series 2-2. The fifth and the final ODI at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday will be nothing less than a massive event for cricket fans.
According to sources, one can expect a run feast at the historic venue, as the groundsmen have dished out a batting track.
“It will be a good batting pitch. Winning the toss won’t be a major advantage to any team here, as the team batting second will also have enough scoring opportunities. Spectators can expect huge scores,” the source said.
The highest score in this series was 303-5 by South Africa in the first ODI at Kanpur’s Green Park. India fell a run short of 300 in the last ODI at Chepauk before the hosts restricted the Proteas to 264-9 in the 50 overs.
Covers laid on the Wankhede Stadium pitch for tomorrow’s fifth ODI. Pic/Atul Kamble
South Africa’s centurion of the last match, AB de Villiers, wrecked havoc the last time he played at the Wankhede Stadium during an Indian Premier League match in May this year.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore thrilled the Wankhede crowd with a power-packed 59-ball, unbeaten 133. His RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who scored a fine 138 at Chennai in the fourth ODI, smashed a 50-ball 82 in that IPL match.