Friday, June 12, 2009
West Indies is scoring most of their runs in boundaries while surprisingly Pakistan are running through the 22 yards the most during their matches in 2009 ICC T20 World Championship, according to Castrol Index.
The strategy may be to have a right mix of boundaries and singles / two’s / three’s. Singles help rotating the strike making it that much difficult for the opposition bowlers to maintain a tight line and length. But Pakistan is relying too much on the running which is slowing their run rate. England, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa are balancing the boundary single mix perfectly to launch a healthy Batting Momentum.
According to Castrol Index, the Windies hurricane continued through the two matches during the Group stage, when they scored 64% of their runs in boundaries and sixes. Even in the match against Sri Lanka, the West Indian hard hitting was maintained. The Lankans are also not very far behind scoring 63% in boundaries. The flurry of boundaries during the start of the innings, determined by Quickstart Batting, and during the last 5 overs of the innings, captured by Extreme Performance Batting, has helped these two teams to lock high scores in the tournament so far and attain high Batting Momentum for their respective teams.
Pakistan on the contrary has scored 54% of their runs through singles, twos and three’s. It should be a cause of concern for skipper Younis Khan as his team needs to get more boundaries in the Super 8s to put the opposition under pressure.
England, though having a healthy Batting Momentum, needs to score more runs through boundaries during Quickstart period which may relieve the pressure on the middle order to increase the rate.
India’s opening pair has done a good job so far, but against comparatively weaker opposition, they have managed to get only 56 Quickstart Batting points probably because they were able to hit lesser boundaries during these periods.
The notable exclusion from the Super 8s will be Australia, who true to their style, scored heavily through boundaries.