Champions League Twenty20 performance analysis

Warner, Badree grab top spots

Analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in the Champions League Twenty20

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

October 22, 2012

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David Warner celebrates reaching his hundred, RCB v NSW, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Bangalore, October 7, 2011
David Warner's 135 against Chennai Super Kings in 2011 is the best innings according to ESPNcricinfo's analysis of Champions League Twenty20 performances © Associated Press
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In ESPNcricinfo's analysis of individual performances in Champions League Twenty20 matches, David Warner and Samuel Badree take the honours on the batting and bowling fronts respectively. Warner, one of the highest run-getters in the Twenty20 format, is on top for his superb 135 off 69 balls against Chennai Super Kings in the 2011 tournament. Kieron Pollard slots in at second place for his stunning 54 off 18 balls against New South Wales in 2009. The top-ten list in batting is dominated by the big hitters with Warner, Pollard and Suresh Raina featuring twice each. Chris Gayle, the leading century-getter in Twenty20 matches (eight centuries) comes in at ninth for his 92 off 41 balls in the 2011 semi-final against NSW.

Trinidad & Tobago, the runners-up in the inaugural tournament, have both their spinners Badree and Sunil Narine in the top three. While Badree leads the way for his 2 for 7 in the qualifying game against Leicestershire, Narine comes in third for his impressive 3 for 8 in a low-scoring encounter against Chennai Super Kings in 2011. Shaun Tait's 5 for 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011, which is in the second place, was an exceptional effort in an extremely high-scoring game. Auckland have two bowlers in the top ten with Kyle Mills' 2 for 6 against Sialkot Stallions in the fourth position and Azhar Mahmood's 5 for 24 against Hampshire in the sixth spot. The top ten is rounded off by L Balaji, who picked up 4 for 19 in Kolkata Knight Riders' crushing 99-run win in their last group game against Titans.

Warner dominated the tournament in 2011 ending as the highest run-getter. His 135 in the group game against Chennai was scored at a strike rate of 195.65 with 92 runs in boundaries. The combined strike rate of the other batsmen in the game was just 126.66 and none of them managed a score over 40. In the game against NSW, Pollard walked in with T&T requiring 54 runs off 28 balls with four wickets in hand. His explosive 54 (strike rate of 300) swung the game around completely with T&T knocking off the remaining runs in 19 balls. Pollard, who scored 50 of his runs in boundaries, had a strike rate that was nearly three times the corresponding figure of the other T&T batsmen (116.12). In third place is Wes Durston's 57 off 32 balls for Somerset against Eagles in 2009. Durston's strike rate of 178.12 was comfortably higher than what the rest of the batsmen managed (92). Both Pollard and Warner make their second appearance in the top ten at fourth and sixth positions respectively. However, Warner's second century of the tournament (123) was unable to prevent defeat in the semi-final against Royal Challengers, who overhauled the huge target of 204 with the help of Gayle's 92 (strike rate 224.39), which slots in at ninth. The two other centuries scored in the Champions League Twenty20 come in at tenth (Andrew Puttick) and 12th (Daniel Harris). The only knock from this year's tournament that makes it to the top 15 is Gary Ballance's 64 off 25 balls for Yorkshire in their qualifying match against T&T.

All stats updated till the end of the matches on Oct 21, 2012

Top 15 batting performances in the Champions League Twenty20
Batsman Team Opposition Runs Balls faced Points
David Warner NSW Chennai Super Kings 135 69 70.43
Kieron Pollard Trinidad & Tobago NSW 54 18 67.49
Wes Durston Somerset Eagles 57 32 60.82
Kieron Pollard Mumbai Indians Guyana 72 30 58.20
Suresh Raina Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore 94 48 58.03
David Warner NSW Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 68 56.20
JP Duminy Cape Cobras Royal Challengers Bangalore 99 52 53.76
Suresh Raina Chennai Super Kings Wayamba 87 44 53.16
Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore NSW 92 41 51.73
Andrew Puttick Cape Cobras Otago 104 62 50.94
Richard Cameron Lions Guyana 78 42 50.51
Daniel Harris South Australia Royal Challengers Bangalore 108 61 50.02
Aaron Finch Victoria Central Districts 93 60 49.88
Roelof van der Merwe Somerset Kolkata Knight Riders 73 40 49.66
Gary Ballance Yorkshire Trinidad & Tobago 64 25 47.53

Badree's 2 for 7 in the qualifying game against Leicestershire is the best bowling performance followed by Tait's 5 for 32. Badree finished with an economy rate of just 1.75 in a game where the run-rate was over seven runs per over. In addition, both his wickets were those of top-order batsmen. In a game dominated by batsmen (run-rate of 10.72), Tait's figures were outstanding. All five of his wickets were those of top-seven batsmen including Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virat Kohli, the top scorers for Royal Challengers. Narine's effort came after T&T had been restricted to just 123. He dismissed M Vijay and Raina before returning to remove the dangerous MS Dhoni as T&T managed to defend the low target. Despite the game being a low-scoring one, Narine's economy rate of 2.00 was well below the match run-rate of 5.85. Both Azhar Mahmood's 5 for 24 against Hampshire in the qualifying game and Lasith Malinga's 5 for 32 in the dead-rubber clash with Chennai finish in the top ten. Despite the lack of wickets, Dilshan's 1 for 10 against NSW is in 11th place because of the top-class economy rate (2.50) in an extremely high-scoring game (run-rate 10.57). No other bowler in the game ended with an economy rate below seven runs per over.

Top 15 bowling performances in Champions League Twenty20
Bowler Team Opposition Wickets Runs Points
Samuel Badree Trinidad & Tobago Leicestershire 2 7 72.13
Shaun Tait South Australia Royal Challengers Bangalore 5 32 71.25
Sunil Narine Trinidad & Tobago Chennai Super Kings 3 8 67.91
Kyle Mills Auckland Sialkot Stallions 2 6 67.60
JP Duminy Cape Cobras Chennai Super Kings 4 20 67.31
Azhar Mahmood Auckland Hampshire 5 24 66.68
Andrew McDonald Victoria Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 21 66.33
Cornelius de Villiers Eagles Somerset 4 17 65.38
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings 5 32 65.34
L Balaji Kolkata Knight Riders Titans 4 19 65.13
Tillakaratne Dilshan Royal Challengers Bangalore NSW 1 10 61.34
Aaron Phangiso Lions Sydney Sixers 3 14 61.27
Ravi Rampaul Trinidad & Tobago Leicestershire 4 14 61.26
Pat Cummins NSW Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 45 61.23
Dirk Nannes Delhi Daredevils Wayamba 4 24 60.72

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Harmony111 on (October 23, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

@InsideHedge & Eliya Abbas Syed: I did not make that 20 Test 100s prediction based upon his T20 record. I have also seen him scoring Test 100s. The quality of the bowling notwithstanding, the way Warner scores his runs shows his class. Sehwag and Gayle too have ~20 Test 100s I guess. And Warner is more than Sehwag and nearly as much as Gayle in terms of power while all these 3 have the same instinctive style of playing. So empirically it is not wrong for me to say he will get 20 Test 100s. I know about that knock RF played but I guess Warner is much above him in terms of talent and will get better as he learns to focus. Test 100s, if I may humbly say so, are more about focus than pure talent, look at Chanderpaul for eg. Having said all this, I think if he ends up with a tally of 17-18 Test 100s I think that would still be called a pretty good prediction from me, agree? If you and I are still around here on Cricinfo you ppl will owe me some kilos of chocolates. :-p

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 23, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@Harmony: Twenty Test 100s, eh? So far, his two centuries have come against weak attacks. He's a bit of a slogger who often seems clueless against spinners, even in T20s, never mind Tests. It will be interesting to see if you're prediction comes true. At this point, I'm swaying towards "unlikely". He might well turn out to be a bit of a Roy Fredericks, remembered for an assault at Perth, and one here and there, but nothing substantial enough to be called "great".

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Warners t20 hundred are special (and the point of this article) but if you want a truly amazing innings then you had to be in Perth last year when he hit his 100 in the final session against India......

What a shame that Delhi do not include Warner within there team - if you want to talk up a comp as being the best v the best - then you need to get players like Warner on the field.

Posted by sonu77 on (October 23, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

yeah, that spell from Dilshan(4-10-1) was indeed a superb one.Both Warner & Watson struggled against him.NSW scored 193 from other 16 overs.

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

@Harmony111 - LOL at comparing T20 performances to Test! :P

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 22, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Yup. That innings from Warner was indeed an amazing knock. Any amount of praise is little for that knock. Warner was mind-blowing that day. Everyone was left speechless by his assault. He was Alexander that day. He was Genghis Khan that day. And he went on to do a near replica in the SF against RCB. We all knew Warner was special and those 2 knocks showed us just how special he is. The way he switched to hit Ashwin for 6 that day was completely shockingly beautiful. To me Warner looks good for about 20 Test 100s and we all know that 20 100s is a special club in Tests. I don't think any other knock comes close to these 2 100s of Warner, let's see what heights he achieves.

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