May 7, 2014

IPL 2014

A rare Narine flop

S Rajesh and Shiva Jayaraman
Sunil Narine ran through the lower order, Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2014, Abu Dhabi, April 26, 2014
Not that kind of a day for Sunil Narine  © BCCI
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Kolkata Knight Riders managed a rare victory against Delhi Daredevils, but an ever rarer event occurred during the match: Sunil Narine went at more than nine an over - the 38 runs he conceded are his most expensive figures in an IPL game. His previous-worst, in terms of runs conceded, was 37 in four in the 2012 final against Chennai Super Kings. Those are the only instances, in the 39 IPL games that Narine has played, when he has gone at more than nine an over. As it turned out, Kolkata Knight Riders won both those games - by five wickets in 2012 final, and by eight wickets against Delhi. While JP Duminy (18 off 7 balls) and Kedar Jadhav (13 off 7) were the two batsmen who scored heavily off Narine in Delhi, Suresh Raina took him apart in the 2012 final, scoring 28 from just 12 balls.

While Narine going for so many runs was unusual, what was also unusual was Narine's economy rate (9.50) being higher than the overall innings run rate of the opposition team (8.00). It's only the third such instance in Narine's IPL history - this had happened once each in the last two seasons.

One of them was against Kings XI Punjab in 2013, when he also went at more than eight an over: he conceded 33 in four,while Kings XI scored 157, a run rate of 7.85. In that game Narine had figures of 3 for 10 after three overs, but his fourth went for 23 - his most expensive IPL over - as Manpreet Gony struck him for 16 runs in three balls. Against Daredevils today, his third over - the 18th of the innings - went for 17, which equals his second-most expensive over in the IPL. In the 2012 IPL final, his most expensive over went for 14.

The third instance when Narine's economy rate was higher than the opposition team's run rate was a low-scoring game against Deccan Chargers in 2012, when Narine took 2 for 26 in four (ER 6.50), but Chargers scored only 126 (run rate 6.30). Knight Riders ended up winning that game quite easily, by five wickets with an over to spare, lending further credence to the theory that the team has ended up doing quite well when their main bowler has underperformed.

Instances of Narine's ER higher than opposition team RR
Match Narine's figures Opp. score Narine ER Opp RR Result
v Delhi Daredevils, 2014 4-0-38-1 160 9.50 8.00 KKR won by 8 wkts
v Kings XI Punjab, 2013 4-0-33-3 157 8.25 7.85 KKR lost by 4 runs
v Deccan Chargers, 2012 4-0-26-2 126 6.50 6.30 KKR won by 5 wkts
Instances of Narine going for more than 8 an over in the IPL
Match Narine's figures Econ rate Match result
v Delhi Daredevils, 2014 4-0-38-1 9.50 KKR won by 8 wickets
v Chennai Super Kings, 2012 4-0-37-1 9.25 KKR won by 5 wickets
v Chennai Super Kings, 2013 4-0-35-1 8.75 KKR lost by 14 runs
v Kings XI Punjab, 2013 4-0-33-3 8.25 KKR lost by 4 runs

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats; Shiva Jayaraman is stats sub-editor at ESPNcrcinfo

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Posted by   on (May 9, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Wow these stats show what a fantastic bowler our fellow Trini Sunil Narine is. very proud of him!

Posted by   on (May 8, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Remember it was a flat pitch and there is only so much you can do but this article shows his super consistency. Also without him and shakib, Kolkata would be giving away over 170 every match.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (May 8, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

A back handed compliment indeed. How seldom great bowlers fail. I remember Glen McGrath being taken to the cleaners in the WC final against SL.

Just on three occasions to concede more than the average is truly great.

I bet Dale Steyn cannot match these figures. Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by   on (May 8, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

narine is consistent and its jus a bad day he had

Posted by Pathiyal on (May 8, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

this sums up how successful a bowler sunil narine has been, in ipls. he might have taken an "off" yesterday seeing shakib, umesh doing excellently :-) i think the best is yet to come for narine, he is most likely to do well rather.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

You should be more than happy with the article Rally_Windies... This shows how good Narine is as a bowler.. He went for over 9 an over and there is an article about it.. See his consistency when other world class spinners like R. Ashwin getting slaughtered around the park Narine is doing a wonderful job. He is not merely holding ends even, he is one of the most attacking spinners in IPL history. His wickets are a testimony to that. I wish to see many more wonderful knocks from him. BTW I am a steyn fan yet I am loving Narine's bowling.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 7, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

sheh,,, when Styne gets slaughtered , no one writes an article about it !

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