The wait is finally over with India taking on England in much awaited encounter of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. One team who manage to win its first game quite comfortable will take on the team who fielded like schoolboy which get them closer to an embarrassing defeat against the minnows.
But England knows that to beat India in front of their home crowd they need something spectacular things to happen. It will take something special from Englishmen to make Worlds most dangerous batting line-up to stops from scoring big runs at batting feast in Bengaloru.
World Cup favourites India who started their world cup campaign with emphatic victory over Bangladesh will look forward to maul England who looked sluggish against Dutch in the field with both ball and in catching.
The victory over fellow co-host Bangladesh, seen as revenge for a costly defeat in the last World Cup, came after emphatic wins over defending champion Australia and New Zealand in practice games.
England who arrived in this world cup after loosing the seven match ODI series by 1-6, performed really below expectation against the minnows Netherlands and they have to play far better cricket than what they have displayed few days back to present India a stiff challenge.
India on the other hand looking very dangerous side in this tournament with their top orders is in prime form, it will be very hard for England bowlers to stop the likes of Sehwag, Sachin, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Pathan and Gambhir.
In the bowling department, England looks more stable as compared to the Indians. But with the likes of Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Harbhajan Singh in Dhoni armory it presents more variety and threat to Englishmen.
Pitch & Conditions
The Pitch at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore is likely to support spinners in the later part of the innings. However with the spongy bounce in the pitch fast bowler is also expected to play an important role. There is a light chance of shower expected later in the day, so team winning the toss is likely to have bat first and put runs on the board. Any score from 260 to 280 runs will be considered competitive on this wicket.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 14:00 PM India Time)
England who goes in with four regular bowlers in the first game is likely to bring back M.Yardy in place of R.Bopara to get additional spin option in their armory.
On the other hand India is likely to replace S.Sreesanth with leggie Piyush Chawal who performed exceptionally well here during warm-up game against the Australians.
India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.
England: Andrew Strauss (Captain), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior (WK), Tim Bresnan, M.Yardy, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.