Statistical analysis of India's performance at Wankhede, Mumbai

Sudipta / 24 October 2015

Statistical analysis of India’s performance at Wankhede, Mumbai

India kept their hopes alive in the five-match ODI series against South Africa after winning the fourth ODI by 35 runs at Chennai. After a long time, India started their home series with a defeat and struggle to cope with the challenge South Africa offered. India, however, restored parity in the series 2-2 in Chennai after trailing the series by 2-1. The final encounter in Mumbai has now become the venue of another big final scheduled for tomorrow, (Sunday) October 25.

Overall scenario India v South Africa at Wankhede

India and South Africa so far played three matches at this stadium since their first meeting in 1996. India have all laugh as they defeated South Africa on all three occasions. In 1996, November 6 India played South Africa for the first time. In a low-scoring match of the Titan Cup, final India defeated South Africa by 35 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was the highest scorer for India. He scored 67 that helped India to post a competitive 220 on board on a bowling friendly track. Fanie de Villiers took three wickets for South Africa. In reply to India’s total South Africa’s batting line-up rattled by Indian bowlers, especially by Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad. They took 4 and 3 wickets each respectively to hand India a 35 run victory.

The second ODI played in 1996, December 14. Captain Sachin Tendulkar scored 114 that helped India to set a 268 run target for South Africa. It was too hard for South Africa to chase. Indian bowlers kept South Africa’s flow of run in check by taking wickets at regular interval. Venkatesh Prasad was the pick of the Indian bowlers. He took four wickets conceding just 27 runs in 8 overs. He got good assistance from Javagal Srinath from the other end. Under pressure, South Africa folded up in 193. India won the match by 74 runs.

The third meeting between India and South Africa happened after a gap of nine years. This time, the result was not different. It was the final match of the 2005 series. India defeated South Africa. Graeme Smith led the South Africa batting first set a target of 221 for India. Jacques Kallis scored 91, the highest by a South African at this ground. India chased down the target with 5 wickets in hand and 15 balls remaining. Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh shepherded India’s chase. Dravid scored 78 while Yuvraj was caught out just one run short of his half-century. The series ended without any winner because the third ODI was abandoned due to rain. Like the ongoing series the 2005 series also started with South Africa’s victory.

So, when the final match of the Gandhi-Mandela series will start in the Wankhede stadium India will have the upper hand over the visitor.

Scenarios of last five matches at the Wankhede stadium:

In the last five matches India played thrice at this ground. The last match happened four years ago against England. India won it by 6 wickets. This historic ground is famous for the 2011 World Cup final in which MS Dhoni led India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win the trophy after 28 years. Sri Lanka batting first scored formidable 274 for 6. India lost their opening duo Sachin and Sehwag early. Gautam Gambhir played the role of the anchor while captain MS Dhoni’s breezy innings cruised India to victory with a massive six over the mid on wicket boundary. A history. However, this ground is not known for a high scoring affair. This ground hosted two more games of the 2011 World Cup. Sri Lanka in a group match against New Zealand scored 265. New Zealand, but, were folded up in 153 as Muttiah Muralitharan bamboozled them picking four wickets. The first match of the 2011 World Cup happened between New Zealand and Canada. New Zealand post the highest total of this ground. They scored 358 against Canada. Canada, unexpectedly, gave a fight to New Zealand as the North America side scored 261. New Zealand won the match by 97 runs.

In 2007, India and Australia played the first match in the last eight years and the 15th overall. It was the seventh and final ODI of the series. Murali Kartik took six wickets as Australia bowled for paltry 193. While chasing the target, India found difficulty as Australian bowlers, especially Mitchell Johnson was creating problems for Indian batsmen. India lost their 8 wickets while chasing the target. Rabin Uthappa scored 47 while Zaheer Khan and Murali Kartik scored 31 and 21 respectively to produce a thrilling victory for India with 24 balls remaining.

Statistical highlights:

Total match played: 20

India’s winning record: 10 won and 7 lost, remaining three neutral teams played during the 1996 and 2011 World Cups.

Highest score: New Zealand 358 for 6 against Canada in 2011 World Cup

For India: 299 for 4 against Sri Lanka in 1987 bilateral series.

Lowest score: Bangladesh 115 all out against India in the Coca-Cola Triangular series.

Highest individual score:  Sanath Jayasuriya 151* against India in 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup.

For India: Sachin Tendulkar 114 against South Africa in 1996 in the Mohinder Amarnath benefits match.

Most runs: Sachin Tendulkar 455 runs in 11 matches at an average of 41.36. One 100 and three fifty.

Best bowling figures: Murali Kartik 6 for 27 against Australia in 2007 in the seventh and final ODI of the bilateral series.

Most wickets: Venkatesh Prasad; 15 wickets in 6 matches. Highest figure is 4 for 27 against South Africa.

Highest partnership: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene 145 against Sri Lanka in 2011 World Cup.

The highest Indian partnership is Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina 131 against England in 2011 bilateral series.

Highest opening partnership: Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor of Australia, 103 against India in the 1996 World Cup.

The Wankhede pitch helped bowlers and batsmen who have sound technique get assistance from the pitch. Both Spinners and pacers get assistance at this pitch. So, when India and South Africa will take on each other in the final of ‘Freedom Series’ it is expected that the match will produce a mouth-watering encounter. India batting line up is not in good shape while South African batsmen are struggling against the Indian spinners so, the match will be not one sided. However, AB de Villiers’ batting for South Africa and Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni form will be crucial in the match.





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