India has an even record on Southampton, winning one and losing one in the 2 matches they have played here. They won emphatically against Kenya in 2004 and were drubbed by England in 2007. Indian score of 290/4 is still the highest score by any team on this ground in 11 matches played here, but the current English team have some players who have been the best batsmen and bowlers on this ground. Summary of India’s last two match.
First Match: India def Kenya by 98 runs, 2007
Playing the pool match in ICC Champions Trophy, sent to bat first, half-centuries by captain Ganguly (90) and Laxman (79), that resulted in 161 run 2nd-wicket partnership also too India to 290/4. Unbroken partnership of 77 runs between Kaif (49) and Dravid (30) in just 7 overs lifted India to the highest total of this ground. Sehwag (17) and Yuvraj (9) failed to shine with bat.
Harbhajan’s 3/33 and Irfan Pathan’s 2/11 with tight bowling from Nehra, Agarkar (42/1) and part-time bowlers restricted Kenya to 192/7.
Second Match: England def India by 104 runs, 2007
Sent to bat first in the 1st ODI of the NatWest Series, England scored the second highest total of the ground. Cook (102) and Bell (126*) gave 2nd wicket partnership of 178 runs. Pietersen (33*) and Prior (19) were the other two batsmen to bat. Zaheer and RP Singh grabbed a wicket each. Agarkar, Chawla and part-time bowlers were milked by the batsmen.
In reply, the strong batting line up crumbled and were bowled out for 184. Anderson grabbed 4/23, while Flintoff, Mascarenhas, Panesar shared a wicket each. There were three run outs. Broad was economical giving 27 runs in 8 overs. For India, captain Dravid (46) and Karthik (44) were the highest scorers. Zaheer Khan’s 20 was their third best score. Ganguly (2), Tendulkar (17), Gambhir (3), Yuvraj (0), Dhoni (19) and others failed to help India’s cause.