ODI World Cup 2023: Weather report from Mumbai ahead of IND vs NZ Semi-Final 1

India and New Zealand will meet in the semi-final of the ODI World Cup today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Unlike 2019, rain is not expected to disturb the proceedings this time around.

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The weather is expected to remain good for the entirety of the game

Kane Williamson and Rohit Sharma will face off in a high-stakes encounter today (Source: Twitter)

The stage is set for an epic showdown as India and New Zealand lock horns in the semi-final of the ODI World Cup at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. Both teams have worked extremely hard to get to this stage, displaying a potent combination of batting prowess, bowling firepower, and fielding brilliance.

India, under the astute leadership of Rohit Sharma, has reigned supreme throughout the tournament, topping the group stage with an impeccable record of nine victories in nine matches. Their dominance has been unwavering, and on the rare occasions when they faced resistance, they emerged triumphant, securing remarkable wins.

New Zealand's journey to the semi-finals has been a rollercoaster ride. They began the tournament with a remarkable four-game winning streak, only to falter afterwards and lose four consecutive matches, jeopardizing their chances of advancing. However, they managed to salvage their campaign with a crucial victory in their final group-stage encounter, and a combination of favourable outcomes propelled them into the semi-finals.

The semi-final promises to be a high-pressure match with both teams vying for a place in the final. India's home advantage and their recent form will give them a slight edge, but New Zealand's fighting spirit and their ability to upset the odds cannot be overlooked. The Wankhede Stadium is expected to be packed with passionate fans cheering on their respective teams, creating an electric atmosphere for this crucial clash.

Will weather play a part?

The weather is expected to cooperate for the entire match, a welcome relief for India given the role weather played in the previous semi-final between these two teams. However, fans will have to endure a hot day and poor air quality. In the 2019 semi-final, India was in a commanding position before rain forced the match into a reserve day, ultimately tipping the scales in New Zealand's favour.

In anticipation of the upcoming match, Kane Williamson was questioned about the parallels between the 2019 and this year's games. With a lighthearted touch, he quipped that this time the match should be concluded within a single day.