India Vs England World Cup Preview

The Garden city, Bengaluru, known for its traffic and IT industries is now experiencing the cricket fever. They are set for the most expected match of Group B – India Vs England, match 11 of the World Cup 2011. Both the teams had tasted the victory against minnows, India winning against Bangladesh and England against Netherlands.


Sachinism is more than a religion in India

Well, If you are a Sachin Lover then don’t miss this match because it would be a treat for us to watch. Sehwag’s desire of batting for 50 overs is yet to be fulfilled, so you can expect a treat from his bat too. Well the sizzling openers, Gambhir at 3 and Kohli at 4, makes the team batting line up stronger and the message to the opponent would be, “Beware of us”. Yuvaraj, Dhoni and Pathan will surely add the fuel to the fire for India’s win.

Ashwin expected to replace Sreesanth from the playing 11 as Bangladesh Batsman thrashes him to corners. Bengaluru is a spinner friendly track so I hope spinners to make a difference here.

Postive: Sachin, the name itself means positive, Sehwag, Kohli and Munaf performed well against Bangladesh and Yuvi’s favorite team is England, no one can forget the six sixes of S Broad.

Negative: Bowlers has to help the team to win easily.


Well, I thought they would fail against Netherlands but their batsman took them home. But now they are playing against Indian spin attach which is the most dreadful attack in current cricketing world. Andrew Strauss expected to fire this time for England whereas Broad and Swann should help them if they have to win.

Positive: Andres Strauss 88 Vs Netherlands should perform well against India.

Negative: Bowlers have to click for them if they have to win.

Likely 11:

India: V Sehwag, S Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Kohli, Yuvarj S, MS Dhoni, Y Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, R Aswin, Zaheer Khan & M Patel.

England: K Pieterson, A Strauss, J Trott, I Bell, P Collingwood, M Prior, M Yardy, T Bresan, S Broad, G Swann, J Anderson.

Numbers Game:

According to Castrol Cricket, India’s Overall Index is three points more than England, where as their Batting Momentum and Bowling Efficiency is less than England.


Head-to-Head India England
Win 3 3
Percentage 50% 50%
Castrol Cricket India England
Castrol Overall Index 172 169
Batting Momentum 291 319
Bowling Frequency 161 180


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M Chinnaswamy stadium hosted the same combination in 2008 when India clinched the victory 19 runs and the home team massive win against Bangladesh gives them a better chance. England’s win ratio is not as good as expected but they can if they remove the top order as soon as possible, so it is 70% for India and 30% for England.

Writers Prediction: India

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Australia Vs New Zealand World Cup Match Analysis – 25* and Counting

Writers’ Prediction: Australia” – Wow, first time I wrote a preview for a cricket match and it clicked pretty well… SiS, you are rocking…

Welcome folks to the Post Match Analysis! Aussies was too powerful for Kiwis to withstand…

Pointing won the toss, chose to field after reading the pitch very well. He knew his fast bowlers would do the trick and the same happened as his fast bowlers thrashed Kiwis to 206 runs… Guptill lazy start added pressure to the kiwis and the loss of B McCullum, J Ryder, and S Styris wickets in quick session pushed the kiwis backward, but D Vettori and N McCullum recovered Kiwis from the poor start until M Johnson removed N McCullum and the rest to restrict them to 206 runs.

The Australian innings got off to a powerful start by B Haddin and S Watson hitting the Kiwi bowlers to corners. The fielders couldn’t stop anything other than staring at the ball reaching the fences. Though Kiwis successfully removed the openers, they lost the match and Chapell-Hardlee trophy to the defending world champs…


* M Johnson – 4/33 won him the Man of the Match Award and he is the leading wicket taker of the tournament.

* S Watson is the second leading run scorer of the tournament.

* And most importantly, Aussies defended the Chapell-Hardlee Cup and celebrating their Silver Jubilee of consecutive wins in World Cup…

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Australia Vs New Zealand World Cup Preview

Australia takes on Kiwis in the World Cup on Friday 25th February at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, India. It is a testing time for both the teams as they are here in World Cup after a poor show, New Zealand Vs Bangladesh and Australia Vs South Africa. However, New Zealand’s magical win over Kenya and Australia’s win against Zimbabwe should boost both their teams’ confidence.

This match is a special one in this World Cup Edition as Australia and New Zealand cricket board association have made the decision to complete their Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in the same match. The winner of the match would gain the points and grab the trophy as well, a double damaka for the team and for the viewers.

For Australia, SR Watson and MJ Clarke are expected to do well in the batting department where as MG Johnson with the ball. Also, they need to perform well as a team in fielding and other aspects too.

Positive: SR Watson, MJ Clarke and MG Johnson performed well in their first match against Zimbabwe.

Negative: Pointing is yet to recover from the TV set issue result of magical throw by Chris Mpofu of Zimbabwe.

For New Zealand, McCullum and Ross Taylor are expected to fire with the bat and Vettori with the ball. I hope that the team would field well.

Positive: Hamish, Oram and McCullum brothers performed well in their first match against Kenya.

Negative: Team says that Coach John Wright is busy with his personal works, though not a clear info.

Likely 11:

Australia: SR Watson, B Haddin, R Pointing, M Clarke, D Hussey, C White, S Smith, M Johnson, B Lee, J Krejza, S Tait.

New Zealand: M Guptill, B McCullum, R Taylor, J Ryder, J Franklin, S Styris, J Oram, N McCullum, D Vettori, T Southee, K Mills.

Last Meet:

The last match when these teams played resulted in a win for New Zealand when New Zealand scored 241/9 and Australia 190 all-out in New Zealand. It is time for Aussies for proves as defending champions.

Numbers Game:

According to Castrol Cricket, New Zealand’s Overall Castrol Index is 16 less than Australia where as Kiwis Batting Momentum & Bowling Frequency are too less than Aussies.

World Cup

Head-to-Head Australia New Zealand
Win 5 2
Percentage 0.714 0.286
Favorites SR Watson and MJ Clarke BB McCullum & DL Vettori
Castrol Cricket Australia New Zealand
Castrol Overall Index 182 163
Batting Momentum 321 281
Bowling Frequency 195 169

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Australia has not LOST a World Cup since their defeat against Pakistan a way long back in 1999 and they are the World Champions in the last three edition of World Cup. New Zealand has a decent win rate in World Cup and likely to perform well.

Writers Prediction: Australia

PS: ! Yah ! This is my first ever preview penned by me. Please let me know what you feel about this !

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