WORLD T20 2016, FIRST ROUND ANALYSIS

A summary of statistics from the First Round stage of the ICC World Twenty20 2016

The following data is comprised of the sixteen innings that were played over 20 scheduled overs in the First Round of the World T20 2016. Therefore the two No Results, Netherlands v Oman and Bangladesh v Ireland, are not included, neither is Scotland’s 8-over run-chase against Hong Kong, both innings of the rain reduced match between Ireland and Netherlands and Oman’s 12-over chase against Bangladesh. Hong Kong’s 20-over first innings v Scotland and Bangladesh’s 20-over first innings v Oman before rain reduced the remainder of the matches, are included.


Powerplay Analysis: Batting

Team/CategoryNumber of PowerplaysAverage Runs ScoredAverage Wickets LostAverage Boundary PercentageAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg346.33118.51%43.51%
Ban2310.59.72%54.16%
HK332.661.6613.88%57.40%
Ire146022.22%61.11%
Net139119.44%50%
Oma144022.22%58.33%
Sco244219.44%51.38%
Zim340.661.6616.66%48.14%

Afghanistan emerge as the team who utilised the Powerplay best as a batting team. On average they scored the most runs and had the lowest dot ball percentage. Interestingly the other qualifier from the First Round, Bangladesh, on average scored the fewest runs in the Powerplay and had the lowest boundary percentage, crucially however, they only lost 0.5 wickets in the phase on average, bettered only by Ireland and Oman who just played one innings each and did not lose a wicket.

Powerplay Analysis: Bowling

Team/CategoryNumber of PowerplaysAverage Runs ConcededAverage Wickets TakenAverage Boundary PercentgaeAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg347117.59%45.37%
Ban139119.44%50%
HK248120.83%43.05%
Ire144022.22%47.22%
Net13318.33%47.22%
Oma237.5016.66%61.11%
Sco334.331.6613.88%53.70%
Zim335.662.3316.6655.55%

Scotland and Zimbabwe stand out as the two teams who fared best in the Powerplay as a bowling team. On average they took the most wickets in the first six overs and only Netherlands conceded fewer runs. Hong Kong really struggled in the first six overs; they conceded the most runs on average, had the lowest dot ball percentage and highest boundary percentage of those to have played more than one phase. Qualifiers Afghanistan and Bangladesh both also toiled in the Powerplay, although the latter only bowled in one six-over Powerplay in which the batting team was scheduled to bat for 20 overs.


Middle Overs Analysis: Batting

Team/CategoryNumber of Middle Over PhasesAverage Runs ScoredAverage Wickets LostAverage Boundary PercentageAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg373.662.3311.11%31.11%
Ban2963.57.22%24.16%
HK2632.667.22%32.77%
Ire172413.33%31.66%
Net173311.66%35%
Oma168535%35%
Sco2693.57.5%33.33%
Zim3703.668.33%31.66%

The two qualifiers, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, performed best in the middle over phase with the bat. Bangladesh comfortably scored the most runs on average, thanks largely to their 110-3 against Oman – which was the only three figure phase score. Bangladesh had the joint lowest boundary percentage but made up for it with the lowest dot ball percentage. Afghanistan lost the fewest wickets in the middle over phase and had the second lowest dot ball percentage after Bangladesh. Zimbabwe had a notably low dot ball percentage, only fractionally worse than Afghanistan’s, but lost a high number of wickets on average in the phase.

Middle Overs Analysis: Bowling

Team/CategoryNumber of Middle Over PhasesAverage Runs ConcededAverage Wickets TakenAverage Boundary PercentageAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg357.664.334.44%37.22%
Ban173311.66%35%
HK264.52.57.5%35.83%
Ire168510%35%
Net182415%30%
Oma2913.520%25%
Sco375.662.6611.11%26.11%
Zim376.332.3311.11%30.55%

The middle over phase is where Afghanistan clearly put distance between themselves and the rest of the teams. Only Ireland took more wickets on average than Afghanistan and only have one innings worth of data. No team conceded fewer runs on average, no team conceded a lower boundary percentage and no team had a higher dot ball percentage.


Death Overs Analysis: Batting

Team/CategoryNumber of Death Over PhasesAverage Runs ScoredAverage Wickets LostAverage Boundary PercentageAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg338.331.6622.22%23.61%
Ban239.5120.83%35.41%
HK233.33210.41%31.25%
Ire136112.5%37.5%
Net133212.5%16.66%
Oma 146212.5%25%
Sco233211.17%24.05%
Zim333.33313%31.69%

Of the teams to have played at least two death over phases, the qualifiers Afghanistan and Bangladesh emerge as the teams with the highest average score in the phase and this is despite Afghanistan’s average score being skewed by completing their run-chase against Hong Kong with two overs remaining. The two qualifiers also boast the lowest average wickets lost in the phase and the highest boundary percentage too. Bangladesh did, however, struggle with dot balls in the final phase, with only Ireland, who played just one phase, demonstrating a higher percentage. Both of Bangladesh’s 20-over innings were recorded batting first.

Death Overs Analysis: Bowling

Team/CategoryNumber of Death Over PhasesAverage Runs ConcededAverage Wickets TakenAverage Boundary Percentage Average Dot Ball Percentage
Afg328.331.668.83%28.91%
Ban133212.5%16.66%
HK2262.518.75%33.33%
Ire146212.5%18.75%
Net138212.5%20.83%
Oma238.50.518.75%37.5%
Sco338212.5%20.83%
Zim343.332.6619.94%27.14%

Hong Kong’s low average runs conceded in this phase is misleading as Afghanistan only batted for two overs of it before beating them, they did still at least boast an impressively high dot ball percentage. Below Hong Kong in terms of average runs conceded again comes Afghanistan and Bangladesh, although the latter only defended one phase, against the Netherlands. Afghanistan, again performed well in terms of dot balls and boundaries but less so in terms of wickets. Zimbabwe, like they did in the Powerplay, averaged the most wickets taken, but were also the most profligate and conceded the most runs of teams to have played more than one phase.


Innings Analysis: Batting

Team/CategoryNumber of InningsAverage Runs ScoredAverage Wickets LostAverage Boundary PercentageAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg3158.33515.12%33.54%
Ban2166.5517.5%35.41%
HK31296.3310.83%40%
Ire1154515.83%41.66%
Net1145614.16%35.83%
Oma1158714.16%40%
Sco21467.511.75%36.96%
Zim31448.3311.70%36.61%

The result of their dominance through the batting phases is that Afghanistan and Bangladesh on average scored the most runs,  lost the fewest wickets and had the lowest dot ball percentage. Only Ireland prevents Afghanistan coming second to Bangladesh in terms of boundary percentages. Ireland, Hong Kong and Oman were conspicuously poor at rotating the strike while Hong Kong, Zimbabwe and Scotland struggled to hit boundaries.

Innings Analysis: Bowling

Team/CategoryNumber of InningsAverage Runs ConcededAverage Wickets TakenAverage Boundary PercentageAverage Dot Ball Percentage
Afg313379.20%37.99%
Ban1145614.16%35.83%
HK2138.5613.10%37.82%
Ire1158714.16%40%
Net1153713.33%35.83%
Oma2167418.75%38.33%
Sco31486.3314.16%31.25%
Zim3155.337.3314.50%37.41%

Zimbabwe’s wicket-taking threat posed in the Powerplay phase and the death over phase resulted in them averaging the most wickets taken, but they leaked boundaries regularly and could not bowl enough dot balls so ended up conceding a high number of runs. Afghanistan conceded the fewest runs thanks largely to a remarkably impressive boundary percentage of less than 10, which was considerably better than Hong Kong in second, who also conceded the second fewest runs. Of those to bowl in more than one 20-over innings Oman emerged with the highest dot ball percentage, followed closely by Afghanistan. Bangladesh struggled to prevent rotation the strike in their one 20-over bowling effort against the Netherlands. Scotland had the lowest dot ball percentage.


Freddie Wilde is a freelance journalist, @fwildecricket. 

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