Tuesday, October 9, 2012

An analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in the World Twenty20 2012

The analysis looked at every batting and bowling performance in Twenty20 internationals, with each one getting a score. As in the IPL analysis, there's extra emphasis on the scoring rates and economy rates, given the constraints of the number of deliveries available in this format. The performances were compared against the match stats, which means batsmen were rewarded for scoring quickly in a low-scoring game, while bowlers got more points for a tidy spell in a high-scoring match than in a low-scoring one. For batting performances, the innings were compared against the average scores at each batting position - that gave a deserved push to significant innings lower down the order, given that many of them were in high-pressure situations in which quick runs were required with few balls remaining.

Marlon Samuels smashed 78 off 56 balls, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012
Marlon Samuels is the best batsman of the World Twenty20 2012 according to ESPNcricinfo's performance analysis © Associated Press 
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Marlon Samuels, the Man of the Match in the World Twenty20 final, and Ajantha Mendis, the highestwicket-taker in the tournament, have emerged the best batsman and bowler according to ESPNcricinfo'sanalysis of individual performances in the World Twenty20 2012. Samuels, who has been consistent across all formats in the last year, extended his run through the tournament and ended it as West Indies' highest run-getter (third overall). Mendis, who had struggled with injuries in the last few months, started the tournament with an extraordinary performance against Zimbabwe and ended it with 4 for 12 in the final against West Indies. The study also ranked Brendon McCullum's superb 123 against Bangladesh as the best batting display and Mendis' six-wicket haul against Zimbabwe as the best bowling performance.
McCullum became the first batsman to score two centuries in Twenty20 internationals when he smashed the Bangladesh attack in New Zealand's opening game. In a game where the other batsmen managed to score at just over a run a ball, McCullum's strike rate of 212.06 stood out. Samuels rescued West Indies in the final after they were struggling at 14 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay. His effort is ranked high not just because of the strike rate (139.28) in a low-scoring game but also because the runs came against a high-quality Sri Lankan attack in a crunch game. Luke Wright figures twice in the top ten for his knocks of 76 against New Zealand and 99 against Afghanistan. Two other stand-out performances (both in defeats) in the top ten include Eoin Morgan's 71 against West Indies and Faf du Plessis' 65 against India in the final Super Eights game. Watson, the Player of the Tournament, did not make it to the top ten but ended with two performances in the top 15. It is interesting to note that apart from the West Indies (three in top ten), no batsman from the other three semi-finalists features in the top ten.
Top ten batting performances in World Twenty20 2012
BatsmanTeamOppositionRunsBalls facedPoints
Brendon McCullumNew ZealandBangladesh1235873.07
Marlon SamuelsWest IndiesSri Lanka785661.73
Luke WrightEnglandNew Zealand764353.96
Shakib Al HasanBangladeshPakistan845452.77
Eoin MorganEnglandWest Indies713650.56
Chris GayleWest IndiesAustralia754148.18
Virat KohliIndiaPakistan786147.82
Faf du PlessisSouth AfricaIndia653844.50
Luke WrightEnglandAfghanistan995544.28
Johnson CharlesWest IndiesEngland845643.80
Mendis' 6 for 8 is certainly not a surprise at the top. Although the performance did not come against a higher-ranked team, the economy rate (2.00) and strike rate (4.00) are phenomenal. Mendis figures in second position too for his 4 for 12 against West Indies in the final. His wickets included those of the dangerous Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who had both combined to put the game beyond Australia in the semi-final. Harbhajan Singh's four-wicket haul against England was one of the few bright spots for India in an otherwise disappointing tournament. Two West Indian bowlers slot in at four and five. Ravi Rampaul bowled an aggressive spell in the semi-final against Australia and finished with figures of 3 for 16 that included the wickets of Cameron White and David Hussey. Sunil Narine conceded just nine runs off his 3.4 overs in the final and dismissed Mahela Jayawardene before returning to halt Sri Lanka's fightback by picking up the wicket of Nuwan Kulasekara. Lasith Malinga, who went for 54 runs off his four overs in the final, had a below-par tournament by his standards. However, his performance against England (5 for 31), which is ranked ninth, stood out because all five of his wickets were those of top-seven batsmen.
Top ten bowling performances in World Twenty20 2012
BowlerTeamOppositionWicketsRuns concededPoints
Ajantha MendisSri LankaZimbabwe6858.62
Ajantha MendisSri LankaWest Indies41256.67
Harbhajan SinghIndiaEngland41254.28
Ravi RampaulWest IndiesAustralia31650.59
Sunil NarineWest IndiesSri Lanka3949.24
Xavier DohertyAustraliaSouth Africa32047.44
Steve FinnEnglandNew Zealand31647.00
Ajantha MendisSri LankaWest Indies21245.70
Lasith MalingaSri LankaEngland53144.50
Pat CumminsAustraliaIndia21643.97
Samuels scored three half-centuries in the tournament and ended with 230 runs. None of his knocks, however, was as crucial as his stunning performance in the final which lifted West Indies from a hopeless 32 for 2 at the end of ten overs to a competitive 137 at the end of 20 overs. Gayle, who comes in second, hit the most sixes in the tournament (16). In the semi-final against Australia, he played a highly responsible knock batting through the 20 overs pushing West Indies to a huge total of 205. Watson was in exceptional form early in the tournament, winning four consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards. He ended the tournament as the top run-scorer (249 runs) but came up short in the last two matches against Pakistan and West Indies. McCullum, the highest run-getter In Twenty20 internationals comes in fourth ahead of Virat Kohli, who was India's best batsman by a distance. The top ten is rounded off by Michael Hussey, who was dismissed only twice in five innings in the tournament while scoring 155 runs.
Top ten batsmen overall in the World Twenty20 2012 (min 100 runs)
BatsmanInningsRunsAverageStrike ratePoints
Marlon Samuels623038.33132.9426.16
Chris Gayle622244.40150.0024.32
Shane Watson624949.80150.0023.24
Brendon McCullum521242.40159.3922.97
Virat Kohli518546.25122.5120.49
Luke Wright519348.25169.2920.36
Mahela Jayawardene724340.50116.2617.91
Ross Taylor514749.00145.5416.98
Suresh Raina411036.66126.4315.90
Michael Hussey515577.50123.0115.81
With 15 wickets at an average of 9.80 and economy rate of 6.12, Mendis ended the tournament as the best bowler. Narine, who came in second, had an even better economy rate (5.63) than Mendis but did not pick up wickets with the same regularity. Samuel Badree, who is third, played a vital role for West Indies in the latter stages of the tournament ending with a healthy economy rate of 5.56. Fifth-placed Watson's all-round skills were on display throughout the tournament as he finished with 11 wickets at an average of 16.00. Raza Hasan, Pakistan's left-arm spinner, maintained an exceptional economy rate of just 4.93 despite operating during the Powerplay overs. The top-ten list is completed by Saeed Ajmal, the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals, and Dale Steyn, who had the best economy rate (4.82) among all bowlers who bowled 15 or more overs in the tournament.
Top ten bowlers overall in World Twenty20 2012 (min 15 overs bowled)
BowlerMatchesWicketsAverageEconomy ratePoints
Ajantha Mendis6159.806.1235.65
Sunil Narine7915.445.6327.90
Samuel Badree4422.255.5627.53
Steve Finn5815.376.1527.22
Shane Watson61116.007.3325.94
Raza Hasan4324.664.9325.83
Graeme Swann5716.716.1525.27
Mitchell Starc61016.406.8324.64
Saeed Ajmal6918.116.7923.42
Dale Steyn5613.664.8223.07
For the performance analysis of Twenty20 internationals, click here.

Champions League T20, 2012/13 / Fixtures

Date and TimeMatchWeather The Weather Channel

Tue Oct 9 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Qualifying Tournament Pool 2 - Uva Next v Yorkshire
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
PM Thunderstorms 15 - 26° C 

Tue Oct 9           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Qualifying Tournament Pool 1 - Auckland v Sialkot Stallions
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
PM Thunderstorms 15 - 26° C 

Wed Oct 10 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Qualifying Tournament Pool 1 - Auckland v Hampshire
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Scattered Thunderstorms 17 - 28° C 

Wed Oct 10           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Qualifying Tournament Pool 2 - Trinidad & Tobago v Yorkshire
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Scattered Thunderstorms 17 - 28° C 

Thu Oct 11 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Qualifying Tournament Pool 2 - Trinidad & Tobago v Uva Next
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Scattered Thunderstorms 13 - 24° C 

Thu Oct 11           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Qualifying Tournament Pool 1 - Hampshire v Sialkot Stallions
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Scattered Thunderstorms 13 - 24° C 

Sat Oct 13 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group A - Titans v Perth Scorchers
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Partly Cloudy 15 - 26° C 

Sat Oct 13           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group A - Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Partly Cloudy 15 - 26° C 

Sun Oct 14 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Sydney Sixers
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Showers 14 - 22° C 

Sun Oct 14           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group B - Lions v Mumbai Indians
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Showers 14 - 22° C 

Mon Oct 15           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group A - Kolkata Knight Riders v TBC (Qualifier 1)
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Tue Oct 16 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group B - Sydney Sixers v TBC (Qualifier 2)
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Tue Oct 16           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Lions
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Wed Oct 17 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group A - Titans v TBC (Qualifier 1)
Kingsmead, Durban
N/A


Wed Oct 17           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group A - Kolkata Knight Riders v Perth Scorchers
Kingsmead, Durban
N/A


Thu Oct 18 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group B - Lions v Sydney Sixers
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Thu Oct 18           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group B - Mumbai Indians v TBC (Qualifier 2)
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Fri Oct 19           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group A - Delhi Daredevils v TBC (Qualifier 1)
Kingsmead, Durban
N/A


Sat Oct 20 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group B - Lions v TBC (Qualifier 2)
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
N/A


Sat Oct 20           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
N/A


Sun Oct 21 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group A - Perth Scorchers v Delhi Daredevils
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Sun Oct 21           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group A - Kolkata Knight Riders v Titans
Newlands, Cape Town
N/A


Mon Oct 22 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group B - Chennai Super Kings v TBC (Qualifier 2)
Kingsmead, Durban
N/A


Mon Oct 22           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group B - Sydney Sixers v Mumbai Indians
Kingsmead, Durban
N/A


Tue Oct 23 
11:30 GMT | 13:30 local
17:00 IST
Group A - Perth Scorchers v TBC (Qualifier 1)
SuperSport Park, Centurion
N/A


Tue Oct 23           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Group A - Delhi Daredevils v Titans
SuperSport Park, Centurion
N/A


Thu Oct 25           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
1st Semi-Final - TBC v TBC (1st Group A v 2nd Group B)
Kingsmead, Durban
N/A


Fri Oct 26           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
2nd Semi-Final - TBC v TBC (1st Group B v 2nd Group A)
SuperSport Park, Centurion
N/A


Sun Oct 28           
15:30 GMT | 17:30 local
21:00 IST
Final - TBC v TBC
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
N/A



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