Stats Preview: India vs England, WC Ind vs Eng

Yuvraj Singh’s form will be crucial for India © Getty Images

 

By Dileep.V

 

India and England square up in a pulsating encounter on Sunday at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Both teams registered victories in their first match and would look forward to carrying the winning momentum into the tournament. 

 

Head to head

 

India are unbeaten in the last five matches and have lost only one in the last eight matches against England. In World Cup, the two teams have met six times, with teams level at three each. The last time England won a World Cup match against India was back in the 1992 World Cup. Since the last World Cup in the Caribbean, India has won eight matches to England’s four.

 

 

Matches India win England win No Result
Overall 70 38 30 2
in India 34 21 13 0
in World Cup 6 3 3 0

 

 

Indian batsmen have an upper hand

 

Surprisingly Sachin Tendulkar has only one hundred against England, which is the least for him against teams he has scored a century.

 

Yuvraj Singh has an outstanding record against England, which includes three centuries.

 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir have a sub-35 average and haven’t registered a hundred. 

 

Indian batsmen vs England

 

 

Player Inns Runs Avg SR HS 100s/50s
S Tendulkar 36 1335 41.71 88.06 105* 1/10
Yuvraj Singh 27 1129 53.76 100.62 138* 3/5
V Sehwag 26 973 37.42 101.45 126 1/7
MS Dhoni 18 501 33.40 77.43 96 0/3
S Raina 11 343 38.11 76.90 81* 0/4
G Gambhir 10 342 34.20 81.04 70 0/

 

 

Barring Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, the English batsmen have struggled against the Indians. Their captain Andrew Strauss has just 229 runs at 28.62 with a lowly strike rate of 69.81 

 

England batsmen vs India

 

Player Inns Runs Avg SR HS 100s/50s
P Collingwood 30 865 37.60 82.38 93 0/6
K Pietersen 18 752 50.13 85.35 111* 1/6
I Bell 14 588 45.23 86.98 126* 1/2
M Prior 17 300 18.75 72.11 46 0/0
A Strauss 11 229 28.62 69.81 74* 0/2
R Bopara 9 223 31.85 76.36 60 0/2

 

Trial by spin

 

Considering England players struggle against spinners, it’s no surprise Harbhajan Singh has great record against them, snaring 35 wickets at 24.40 with two five-wicket hauls.

 

Zaheer Khan has also been among wickets, accounting for 18.

 

Yuvraj’s part time spin has also fetched 18 wickets. Considering the fact that England is filled with right-handers, he would come in handy.

 

James Anderson leads the list for England with 26 wickets, but has an ordinary average of 33.23 at a slightly higher economy of 5.26. England’s trump card Graeme Swann has played only three matches claiming four wickets against India at 31 per wicket and an economy of 6.52.

 

Chinnaswamy factor

 

India has won 11 matches and lost four matches at this venue. England have won two of the three matches played at Chinnaswamy against India.

 

Of the 18 matches played here, eight times team batting first have gone on to win the match and its the same for team that has successfully chased a target. The average score batting first is 264 and its 261 for team batting second. When playing under lights, the average score goes up to 273. So expect a high scoring tight game.

 

(Dileep.V is a Scouser fan, Sports freak, Movie buff, Laggard Quizzer and dreams of setting foot on Anfield one day)