Big Picture - Can the teams shut out the noise?
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Pitch and conditionsHot and dry on the weather front. There could be some dew later in the evening, which will also mean the team batting first will want to go hard. It's a black soil surface, next to the one that played host to the tournament opener where New Zealand's top order made merry. As such, it should be a belter of a surface for the organisers want to make it a spectacle in every sense.
Stats and trivia
- Rohit Sharma has been out five times in 13 innings against left-arm pace in the powerplay since 2021. It's all then set up for another exciting round of Rohit vs Shaheen Shah Afridi.
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Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo