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India look like favourites by a distance against jaded England

I know the Indian public is looking for a win on Sunday, but the World Cup itself is looking for a real cracker to ignite the game's showpiece event. We are one week into the tournament and there's been no classic match as yet. Steve Waugh writes.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2011 01:18 IST
Steve Waugh

I know the Indian public is looking for a win on Sunday, but the World Cup itself is looking for a real cracker to ignite the game's showpiece event. We are one week into the tournament and there's been no classic match as yet. This is what the World Cup needs at the moment, and hopefully, the Bangalore game between India and England will provide its first close finish.

Money on India
India look like favourites by a distance. England were really poor against the Dutch the other night, and were lucky not to have suffered an embarrassing loss. They were extremely sloppy in the field and were not switched on.

Today, they will have to face a strong Indian team in conditions that might test their batsmen in front of a really noisy crowd. They'll be in a cauldron and this will test the team's character.

Sehwag Vs Broad
It will be interesting to see how the Virender Sehwag vs Stuart Broad tussle pans out. Sehwag was not really tested by Bangladesh with the short-pitched ball, while Broad really fancies his ability to bowl bouncers.

I expect quite a few horizontal bat shots and upper cuts from him. As far as the bowling goes, Chawla might get a look-in. He was very promising during the warm-up game and it would be important for MS Dhoni to give him a game.

Frenzied Atmosphere
A lot has been happening around this particular game - there's been a change in venue and as well as the tickets fiasco! However, the Indians are used to the frenzy and I don't expect this to distract them.

Today will be their first home and serious game. Australia were extremely clinical against New Zealand. The latter have been really struggling over the last few months and have not really recovered from the 0-4 thrashing they received from Bangladesh. Gameplan