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Unread 10-31-2007, 03:28 PM   #1
India vs. Pakistan - ODIs in Numbers
 
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In a few days from now, arch rivals India and Pakistan will face off each other in a 5 match ODI series and despite the surfeit of ODIs over the past few months, there is buzz and anticipation in the air. Both teams have endured a less than impressive year in ODI cricket and will be looking for redemption in the head to head clash. India are coming off a decisive loss against Australia and Pakistan squandered a big opportunity to defeat South Africa in their clash.

Past records and history point towards Pakistan, but numbers and the form book have often been fed to the flames in encounters of the Asian powerhouses. Pakistan hold a decisive edge in ODIs played in India and neutral venues. In fact, it’s only in Pakistan that India have a reasonably even record winning 10 games as opposed to 13 by Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistan have clearly dominated their matches against India in India winning 15 out of the 21 encounters.

Total MatchesIndiaPakistanNo Result/Tie
All Venues10840644
In India216150
In Pakistan2510132
Neutral6224362


Pakistan naturally carry over the dominance into series results as well, managing to win 9 as opposed to 4 wins of India. And the fact that the last time India won an ODI series against Pakistan at home was in 1982 might give a natural psychological boost to Pakistan. India can take heart from the fact that they defeated Pakistan in Pakistan on the last two occasions and would need to replicate a similar form at home.

SeriesIndiaPakistanDraw
All Venues14491
In India4130
In Pakistan7250
Neutral3111


Moving onto the venues for the ODIs, India has a decisive winning record at all of them but have managed to defeat Pakistan only at Jaipur, losing at Mohali and Kanpur. Pakistan too have a winning record at all venues of the ODI series except at Mohali, where teams have managed to regularly beat them. Guwahati and Gwalior will witness an India-Pakistan blood rush for the first time.

Head to Head (W/L)India (W/L)Pakistan (W/L)
GuwahatiNA4/3NA
Mohali0/15/21/4
Kanpur0/16/31/0
GwaliorNA6/21/0
Jaipur1/15/32/1


Of the batsmen likely to feature in the series, the rival captains, Dhoni and Malik, lead the batting averages charts. Their batting form will be tested with the added pressure of captaincy and whoever will be able to lead from the front would have played a crucial role in the outcome of the series. One batsman Pakistan will miss is their former skipper, Inzamam, who is the leading run scorer in India-Pakistan matches with 2403 runs at an average of 43.7 and a strike rate close to 80. Tendulkar has a chance to usurp him as the leading scorer in the traditional rivalry if he has a successful series. Yuvraj’s recent form and superb record against Pakistan and Yousuf’s recent golden run make them the two other batsmen to watch out for.

NameMatchesInningsNORunsHSAverageSR
Dhoni1312354214860.2105.4
S Malik23231103914347.289.6
S Butt11111457108*45.780.3
Yuvraj23235783107*43.596.2
Tendulkar61594212214138.686.4


Both teams are entering the series with relatively inexperienced bowling attacks. Shoaib Akhtar and Irfan Pathan are the only bowlers from either side to have a good record in head to head encounters amongst the ones who have played at least 10 matches. The rest have a lot to prove and improve.

NameMatchesOversRunsWicketsAverageERSR
Pathan14131.16522625.15.030.2
Akhtar23190.58573425.24.533.6
Zaheer17146.58601945.35.946.3
Afridi53323.515822856.54.969.3
Harbhajan1096462592.44.8115.2


Amongst the part timers, both Ganguly and Malik have decent records averaging 27.8 and 41.1 while keeping things reasonably tight and it would be interesting to see how much of a bowl they’ll get in the upcoming series.

More than history, batting, and bowling it is going to be a test of nerves and the ability to soak up pressure. On recent evidence India have done that better than Pakistan and are also going to take to ground a better fielding unit and a more confident wicketkeeper. But as the past has shown us, all bets are off once play is called.
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Unread 10-31-2007, 09:57 PM   #2
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India has some catching up to do. Anything worse than a 3-2 Indian victory is an disappointment to me.

Unread 10-31-2007, 11:08 PM   #3
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I think its going to be a choke contest. May the best choker lose!

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thx for the stats bro....awsome.....

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Afridi's bowling figures against India are what interests me the most. He has been a major contributor in Pakistan's recent victories. It looks like if his performance against India stays the same, Pakistan will have to look elsewhere for those effective middle overs.
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Unread 11-01-2007, 07:16 AM   #6
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Thanks for that Shwetabh, didn't know Pakistan has dominated India in ODIs by such big margins. I don't reckon we can pick a clear winner here but I'd give India a bit more head start given they have beaten Pakistan twice in the last 2 Twenty20 encounter and also have had to endure Australia in their last series. Afridi and Akthar as ever will live up to their billing of all drama and no substance meanwhile Younis Khan will prove to be the danger man for India. As for India, they will miss Rahul in the middle order but the likes of Gambhir and Uthappa are just the ones that are needed for the ODIs at this point in time.

Unread 11-01-2007, 07:22 AM   #7
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Quote Originally Posted by ravi View Post
Thanks for that Shwetabh, didn't know Pakistan has dominated India in ODIs by such big margins. I don't reckon we can pick a clear winner here but I'd give India a bit more head start given they have beaten Pakistan twice in the last 2 Twenty20 encounter and also have had to endure Australia in their last series. Afridi and Akthar as ever will live up to their billing of all drama and no substance meanwhile Younis Khan will prove to be the danger man for India. As for India, they will miss Rahul in the middle order but the likes of Gambhir and Uthappa are just the ones that are needed for the ODIs at this point in time.
34 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 25 is not substantial?
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Unread 11-01-2007, 09:08 AM   #8
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Quote Originally Posted by kablooee87 View Post
34 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 25 is not substantial?
I always take the numbers with a pinch of salt. Akthar is the last person that will win games for Pakistan consistently. Pakistan cricket will improve with out Akthar and Afridi.

Unread 11-01-2007, 02:37 PM   #9
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Good work Shwetabh. PAK certainly have an excellent record over IND but in recent times IND have matched them quite well.
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34 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 25 is not substantial?
...and an ER of 4.5 on flat batting pitches. It is tough to look at his on field performance impartially but deep down every one knows that he is by far the best bowler on either team.

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Quote Originally Posted by kablooee87 View Post
Afridi's bowling figures against India are what interests me the most. He has been a major contributor in Pakistan's recent victories. It looks like if his performance against India stays the same, Pakistan will have to look elsewhere for those effective middle overs.
He has had a fair bit of success while opening the batting against IND but this time their pace bowling attack looks a lot stronger than it did in 05 so this time he has to perform with the ball.

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Quote Originally Posted by ravi View Post
I always take the numbers with a pinch of salt. Akthar is the last person that will win games for Pakistan consistently. Pakistan cricket will improve with out Akthar and Afridi.
..He said in the thread entitled "Pakistan vs. India - ODIs in Numbers."
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Unread 11-01-2007, 08:43 PM   #12
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Boy, selecting harbhajan with that average against Pak, is like marrying someone who you know is shooting blanks.
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