India looking forward to repeat history at Oval

Published: Sunday, September 1, 2002, 20:44 [IST]
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Having won the 3rd Test at the Leeds, India move on to the historic Oval to take on England in the 4th and final Test, which starts from 5 September 2002. India is brimming with confidence in the light of its fine showing at Leeds where England was humbled by an innings and 46 runs. Rather than individuals it was the team effort, which brought India the much sought after win particularly after the loss at Lords. Now that the series has been leveled, at this stage, India is favourite to win the series provided it overturns the table at the Oval. The win at Leeds and the excellent performance in the first class game against Derbyshire thereafter should give them enough strength and confidence to face England for the final time in the npower Test series. However it should not take any things lightly since England has won 2 matches against India as against one by India and the overall success percentage at this venue for England is a healthy 39.29% in the 84 Tests played at this venue out of which England has won 33 and lost only 18, the remaining 33 ending in draws. It was at this very venue India made history in 1971 when it first beat England in England and also achieved a series victory over England abroad. The heroics at that time were provided by Bhagwat Chandrasekhar who twisted the fortunes of the game with a nagging length and accuracy to take 6 for 38 and England crumbled like a pack of cards in its 2nd innings which paved way for India's win.
England's performance at The Oval
Highest Total
For Eng903/7 dvs Aus5th Test1938
594vs Ind3rd Test1998
Ag Eng708by Pak5th Test1987
606/9 dby Ind3rd Test1990
There have been in all including the above 20 instances of 500 or more run in an innings out of which England's share is 8 and opponent's 12.
Lowest Total
For Eng52vs Aus3rd Test1948
101vs Ind3rd Test1971
Ag Eng44by Aus3rd Test1896
98by Ind3rd Test1952
There have been 15 instances (England-3; opponents-12) in which the team have been dismissed for totals of less than 100.
Highest Individual Score
For Eng364L Hutton vs Aus5th Test 1938
217WR Hammondvs Ind3rd Test1936
Ag Eng291IVA Richards for WI5th Test1976
221SM Gavaskar for Ind4th Test1979
A total of 137 centuries have come at this venue in which England have accounted for 80 as against 57 such instances for the opponents.
For England
217WR Hammond1936
208IT Botham 1982
157*DI Gower 1990
128TS Worthington1936
125G Boycott 1979
119DS Shepperd 1952
107AJ Lamb 1982
For India
221SM Gavaskar 1979
187RJ Shastri 1990
128VM Merchant 1946
110Kapil Dev 1990
Best Match Bowling
For Eng13/57SF Barnes vs SA3rd Test1912
Ag Eng16-220M Muralitharanfor SL1st Test1998
(No ten wickets in a match instance between India/Eng)
Best Innings Bowling
For Eng9/57DE Malcolm vs SA 3rd Test1994
7/80GOB Allen vs Ind 3rd Test1936
Ag Eng9/65M MuralitharanFor SL1st Test1998
6/38BS ChandrasekharFor Ind3rd Test1971
A total of 105 instances of 5 or more wickets in an innings have figured out of which England's share is alone 67 as against 38 instances by opponents.
5 or more wickets in an innings
For England
7-80GOB Allen1936
5-41AV Bedser1952
5-48FS Trueman1952
5-70R Illingworth1971
5-73JM Sims1936
For India
6-38BS Chandrasekhar1971
5-75Surendranath 1959
5-120Mohamed Nissar1936
33 instances; 17 for England and 16 for opponents 
For England98MJK Smith1959
95DW Randall1982
94R Subba Row1959
90APE Knott1971
For India 97Kapil Dev1982
Best Partnership for each wicket: (between INDIA/ENGLAND)
1st wktInd213CPS Chauhan/SM Gavaskar 4th Test 1979
Eng176MA Atherton/GA Gooch 3rd Test1990
2nd wktInd153SM Gavaskar/DB Vengsarkar4th Test1979
Eng118JT Ikin/DS Shepperd 4th Test1952
3rd wktInd167MJK Smith/R Subba Row 5th Test1959
Eng93DN Sardesai/AL Wadekar 3rd Test1971
4th wktInd139M Azharuddin/RJ Shastri 3rd Test1990
Eng266WR Hammond/TS Worthington3rd Test1936
5th wktInd63VM Merchant/RS Modi 3rd Test1946
Eng151IT Botham/DW Randall 3rd Test1982
6th wktInd130Kapil Dev/SMH Kirmani 3rd Test1982
Eng92GA Gooch/RA Smith 3rd Test1990
7th wktInd110Kapil Dev/RJ Shastri 3rd Test1990
Eng103RA Hutton/APE Knott 3rd Test1971
8th wktInd74Kapil Dev/KS More 3rd Test1990
Eng62EE Hemmings/RC Russell 3rd Test1990
9th wktInd24KS More/AS Wassan3rd Test1990
Eng68RA Hutton/DL Underwood 3rd Test1971
10th wktInd30*ND Hirwani/KS More3rd Test1990
Eng41EE Hemmings/DG Malcolm 3rd Test1990
Best Partnership for each wicket (for all countries)
1st wkt290MC Cowdrey/G Pullar Eng/SA1960
2nd wkt451DG Bradman/WH Ponsford Aus/Eng1934
3rd wkt264WR Hammond/L Hutton Eng/WI1939
4th wkt266WR Hammond/TS WorthingtonEng/Ind1936
5th wkt191Imran Khan/Javed Miandad Pak/Eng1987
6th wkt215J Hardstaff (jr)/L Hutton Eng/Aus1938
7th wkt142KL Hutchings/J SharpEng/Aus1909
8th wkt217TW Graveney/JT Murray Eng/WI1966
9th wkt190Asif Iqbal/Intikhab Alam Pak/Eng1967
10th wkt128K Higgs/JA Snow Eng/WI1966

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