With the series keenly poised at 1-1, both India and England will fight it out fiercely in the fourth Test at Old Trafford that starts on Thursday.
Though England have won only one third of their matches at Old Trafford, their recent record at this ground is fantastic. Last time England lost a Test at this ground was in 2001 when Pakistan beat them by 108 runs. Since then in eight Tests played, England have won six and drawn two. India, on the other hand, haven’t won even once at this ground despite playing eight Tests. There is only one ground (Kensington Oval in Bridgetown) where India have played more Tests without registering a single win.
Summary of results at Manchester
India’s least favourite grounds (no win despite playing five or more Tests)
India’s Tests at Manchester
The toss-winning captain has decided to bat first at Old Trafford on 67 out of 75 occasions- winning 26 and losing 13. On the eight occasions the toss-winning captain put the opposition in to bat first, they lost one and drew the remaining seven.
The results at Old Trafford are skewed in favour of sides batting first. They have won 27 as against 13 by sides batting second. However, since 2000 sides batting first don’t seem to have that much advantage.
Bat first / second at Manchester
Matches – 75
Bat 1st won- 27 (36.00%)
Bat 2nd won-13 (17.33%)
Drawn- 35 (46.66%)
Matches – 10
Bat 1st won- 4 (40.00%)
Bat 2nd won-3 (30.00 %)
Drawn- 3 (30.00%)
The following table gives us some idea about how easy or difficult batting becomes with the passage of time at Old Trafford. (It is always better to refer to runs per wicket ratio than average score, because many times third and fourth innings are not complete, hence the average score portrays a wrong picture. The runs per wicket ratio gives the exact information about wicket’s behaviour).
Batting at Old Trafford in first innings of Test is relatively easy, clearly in line with captains’ preference to bat first. Batting becomes difficult in second and third innings, but it is amazing that it is easiest to bat in the fourth innings. Since 2000, the fourth innings scores here – when sides had to bat ample overs- have been: 261, 231-3, 371-9, 394 and 294-4.
Average runs per wicket at Manchester
Pacers and spinners have enjoyed almost identical success at Old Trafford since 2000. In fact spinners have taken more five-wicket hauls than the pacers.
Pace v Spin at Manchester (last five Tests)
Slowly but surely England batsmen are getting in to their groove. Gary Ballance has been in sublime touch ever since the start of series, while Joe Root and Ian Bell have played some good innings. India allowed skipper Alastair Cook to regain his form at Southampton, while Joss Buttler’s whirlwind innings on Test debut showed how important a cog he could be in England’s wheel down the order. For India, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane are the only two top-order batsmen, who have clicked. Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja have all under-performed. Rohit Sharma finally got a chance at Southampton, but his shot selection was shocking. India simply cannot afford so many batsmen getting out of the form at the same time.
Leading batsmen in the series
And the flop shows
This is how pacers and spinners of two teams have performed in the series so far.
Pace vs spin in the series
It is pretty clear that England’s pacers and spinners have outshone their Indian counterparts at least so far in the series.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and James Anderson have been the most successful bowlers for India and England respectively. It will be interesting to see how much responsibility other bowlers have taken. The following figures gives details of these two bowlers and combined figures of all other bowlers from India and England respectively.
While other England bowlers have chipped in from time to time to give Anderson the much needed support, Bhuvneshwar seems to be carrying the entire load on his young shoulders alone — this despite the fact that Ishant Sharma bowled a match-winning spell at Lord’s.
This is how other Indian bowlers have performed in the series so far. Both Jadeja and Mohd Shami have been disappointing.
Here is a look at the contribution of partnerships for two teams.
Average partnership in the series for each wicket
The first six wickets have put on only 199 runs for India. The corresponding figure for England is 289. The last four wickets add 138 runs to the total as against England’s 148.
Updated Date: Aug 07, 2014 15:55 PM