SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM, ABU DHABI

SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM (ABU DHABI)

Since its inception in May 2004, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, which is situated in a remote area of the city of Abu Dhabi, UAE, has witnessed several interesting matches across all three formats of cricket. With well-equipped facilities in addition to the grass banks for additional seating, the stadium is capable of accommodating over 20000 spectators. The stadium is once operated by Pakistan Cricket Board and a lot of Pakistan matches are hosted here. Now it is in hands of Emirates Cricket Board.

SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM (ABU DHABI)Pitch Report

The brownish tinge pitch has bare patches free of grass which is ideal for batsmen and spin bowlers. Moreover, the wicket is flat and on the slow side, thus forming a batting paradise. The task in hand for swing bowlers is pretty hard. It is tough to get the bounce due to the absence of grass. The dry pitch aids slow seamers in the initial days but as the days pass, the wicket gets flatter. With patience and performance, spin bowlers can be a great asset to the team in Test matches.

SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM (ABU DHABI)Pitch Report

Test Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:

As the pitch is devoid of grass, the fast bowlers struggle a lot in the early days and hence the team that wins the toss at Sheikh Zayed Cricket ground usually decides to bat first to put up a winning score in the scorecard. The average 1st innings score is 350+ in Test matches. The bowlers have to be patient and consistent and by the 3rd and 4th innings, the footmarks of the previous day bowlers make the situation better, and the batsmen start struggling to spin bowlers which is the reason for the steep fall in the average scores. From the average scores in the all 4 innings of the last 5 Test matches at Sheikh Zayed Cricket ground, we can conclude that the first innings have a higher average comparatively and with each subsequent innings, the average score deteriorates.It is evident that it is easy for batsmen to score runs on the first two days as there is lesser swing. The bowlers have to bowl a lot to get rewards but as the days pass, though the wicket gets flatter, the spin bowlers can help decrease the run rate.

Here are last 5 tests matches average scores of both Innings at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground:

Test Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 358 runs

Test Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 340 runs

Test Matches 3rd Innings Average Score – 273 Runs

Test Matches 4th Innings Average Score – 165 runs

LAST 10 YEARS OUT COME

SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM (ABU DHABI)Pitch Report

ODI Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:

As it is a batting pitch, the teams winning the toss in ODI at Sheikh Zayed grounds always prefer batting first. Of the 51 total matches played here, 33 teams have won batting first. Also, 27 teams have managed to score more than 250 runs in the first innings. Spinners can get help from the dry and rough pitch here on sunny hot days. Batsmen will enjoy batting here, so team batting first will look for the big total and put pressure on the opponent team.

Here are last 5 ODI matches average scores of both Innings at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground:

ODI Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 245 runs

ODI Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 211 runs

LAST 10 YEARS OUT COME

SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM (ABU DHABI)Pitch Report

T20I Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:

Though the ground has a batting pitch that will help batsmen, unusual to the case of ODI and Test matches where teams prefer batting first, the teams that win the toss in T20 matches here prefer bowling first. This is considering the dew factor. As most of the T20 matches are day-night matches or completely night matches, the dew falling on the pitch makes it difficult for the bowlers to control the ball in the second innings contrary to the usual case in Test or ODI matches held during the day.

Here are last 5 T20I matches average scores of both Innings at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground:

T20I Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 142 runs

T20I Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 135 runs

LAST 10 YEARS OUT COME

IPL AND PSL Match Pitch Report and Toss Factor:

For IPL and PSL T20 matches, the pitch will be the batting pitch and will help mostly batsmen. The pitch will also provide good help for spin bowlers, dew factor will come in second innings so that time bowlers can find some struggle to bowl. Toss hasn’t played a major factor in predicting the winning team in IPL and PSL matches so far. But it has been noticed that teams winning the toss prefer bowling first just like in the case of T20I matches considering the effect of dew on the pitch.

Here are last 5 IPL and PSL matches average scores of both Innings at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground:

IPL Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 146 runs

IPL Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 134 runs

PSL Matches 1st Innings Average Score – 167 runs

PSL Matches 2nd Innings Average Score – 148 runs

LAST 10 YEARS OUT COME

ODI Stats

  • Total matches
    42
  • Matches won batting first
    25
  • Matches won bowling first
    16
  • Average 1st Inns scores
    232.26
  • Average 2nd Inns scores
    195.43
  • Highest total recorded
    308
  • Lowest total recorded
    63
  • Highest score chased
    270
  • Lowest score defended
    213

T20 Stats

  • Total matches
    121
  • Matches won batting first
    56
  • Matches won bowling first
    65
  • Average 1st Inns scores
    153.55
  • Average 2nd Inns scores
    139.61
  • Highest total recorded
    247
  • Lowest total recorded
    66
  • Highest score chased
    205
  • Lowest score defended
    118

T10 Stats

  • Total matches
    91
  • Matches won batting first
    33
  • Matches won bowling first
    53
  • Average 1st Inns scores
    112.70
  • Average 2nd Inns scores
    102.70
  • Highest total recorded
    162
  • Lowest total recorded
    57
  • Highest score chased
    129

Test Stats

  • Total matches
    14
  • Matches won batting first
    9
  • Matches won bowling first
    2
  • Average 1st Inns scores
    344.43
  • Average 2nd Inns scores
    334.79
  • Average 3rd Inns scores
    279.79
  • Average 4th Inns scores
    135.66