England v NZ, World T20 semi-finals, stats preview March 28, 2016

Spin kings v batting superpowers

A look at some of the key numbers ahead of the England-New Zealand semi-final

England have the highest run rate among all teams in the Super 10s, but New Zealand have the best bowling average and economy rate © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

8-4 England's win-loss record in T20Is versus New Zealand. Between 2008 and 2013, they won six in a row, the most consecutive by one of the top eight teams against another in T20Is. (India equalled this record with their sixth successive win against Australia on Sunday.) Eight is the second-most wins for England, and the second-most losses for New Zealand, against any opposition in T20Is.

4 Number of different venues where New Zealand have played their matches in this World T20 - Nagpur, Dharamsala, Mohali and Kolkata. The semi-final in Delhi will be their fifth venue. England, on the other hand, have only played in Mumbai and Delhi. The semi-final will be their third game at the Feroz Shah Kotla: they have earlier beaten Afghanistan and Sri Lanka here.

5.97 The economy rate for New Zealand's bowlers in the tournament, the best among all teams in the Super 10s; the next best is West Indies at 6.86. New Zealand's bowling average of 12.97 runs per wicket is also the best, well clear of West Indies' 18.30. England's run rate of 9.10 is the best among all teams, but their economy rate of 8.95 is also the worst. For New Zealand, the difference between their run rate and economy rate is 1.44; for England it's only 0.15.

NZ and Eng in the WT20 so far
Team W/ L Bat ave Run rate Bowl ave Econ rate RR-ER
 New Zealand  4/ 0  21.17  7.41  12.97  5.97  1.44
 England  3/ 1  29.00  9.10  28.00  8.95  0.15

20 Wickets for New Zealand's spinners, the most by any team in the Super 10 stage of this tournament. Afghanistan are next with 15, followed by India on 12. Mitchell Santner has taken 9 for 86 in 15 overs, Ish Sodhi 8 for 78 in 15.4 and Nathan McCullum 3 for 21 in five. Santner's haul of nine is the joint highest in the Super 10 stage. England's spinners have taken only eight wickets collectively in 24 overs.

Spin stats for NZ and Eng in this tournament
Team Overs Runs Wkts Ave Econ
 New Zealand  36.4  188  20  9.40  5.12
 England  24.0  238  8  29.75  9.91

4.97 The economy rate for Ish Sodhi, the second best - after Sulieman Benn - among bowlers who have bowled at least ten overs in the Super 10 stage of this World T20. New Zealand have played on spin-friendly surfaces in this tournament, but even so, Sodhi's economy rate is well above par: in the four matches New Zealand have played, the overall economy rate for bowlers other than Sodhi is 6.69, which means he has conceded 1.72 runs fewer per over than the other bowlers. For Mitchell Santner, the corresponding difference is 0.86.

The England spinners have been far more expensive, in absolute terms and in terms of comparison with other bowlers in the matches they played. Given that England have played a couple of their matches in Mumbai, the economy rates for their bowlers is obviously high, but both their main spinners have poorer economy rates than the average for other bowlers in the matches they've played. Adil Rashid has conceded 0.66 runs more per over than the average, while Moeen Ali has gone for 1.35 more runs per over.

The key spinners for NZ and Eng
Bowler Overs Wkts/runs Econ rate ER factor*
 Ish Sodhi  15.4  8/78  4.97  1.72
 Mitchell Santner  15.0  9/86  5.73  0.86
 Adil Rashid  11.0  4/104  9.45  -0.66
 Moeen Ali  12.0  4/121  10.08  -1.35
* ER factor is the difference between the bowler's ER, and the average ER of other bowlers in the matches he played

162.33 Martin Guptill's strike rate in this tournament, third among the 17 batsmen who have scored at least 100 runs since the start of the Super 10s. In 77 balls, Guptill has made 125 runs. His strike rate is also remarkable because the games he has been involved in have been pretty low-scoring ones; in fact, the average strike rate of other batsmen in the three games he has played has been 102.84, which means he has scored 59.49 more runs per 100 balls than the other batsmen in these three matches. Similarly, Ross Taylor has a positive strike rate factor of 13.12, but for their other three top-order batsmen - Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Corey Anderson - this strike rate factor is in the negative, which means their strike rate is lesser than the average strike rate of other batsmen in these matches. Anderson's strike rate in the tournament is only 89.23, almost 18 below par.

NZ batsmen in this tournament so far
Batsman Inngs Runs SR SR factor*
 Martin Guptill  3  125  162.33  59.49
 Ross Taylor  4  85  118.05  13.12
 Kane Williamson  4  91  102.24  -4.11
 Colin Munro  4  72  101.40  -4.93
 Corey Anderson  4  58  89.23  -17.99
* SR factor is the difference between the batsman's SR, and the average SR of all other batsmen in the matches he played

2 England batsmen who have scored 100-plus runs at a strike rate of 150 or more in this tournament - Jos Buttler (123 runs at 151.85) and Joe Root (168 runs at 150). However, England have been involved in very high-scoring games as well - the average strike rate in their four matches is 139.78, compared to 105.95 in the four matches New Zealand have played. Doing a similar strike rate comparison for England's batsmen, only Buttler and Root have a positive strike rate factor. Alex Hales has a strike rate of only 121.62 in the three games he has played; the average strike rate of other batsmen in those three games was 153.64, a difference of -32.02.

Eng batsmen in this tournament so far
Batsman Inngs Runs SR SR factor*
 Jos Buttler  4  123  151.85  13.18
 Joe Root  4  168  150.00  11.58
 Jason Roy  4  105  136.36  -3.73
 EoinMorgan  4  61  132.60  -7.55
 Alex Hales  3  45  121.62  -32.02
* SR factor is the difference between the batsman's SR, and the average SR of all other batsmen in the matches he played

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Janakeesan Murugathas on March 30, 2016, 10:00 GMT

    Final :England vs India ! Newzland play good cricket ! When they play cricket with india! They can not make good runs! Nz will losse match with india! The better England play in final with india! It will be inresting game!

  • Shane on March 30, 2016, 9:48 GMT

    @NPC_CRICKETLOVER - well, NZ can't be too bad, considering they have swept aside all and sundry so far, and were in by far the tougher pool.

  • Sri on March 30, 2016, 9:13 GMT

    Although NZ has won all their WC matches convincingly till now, they have always won the toss and batted first. They have not chased once and even opted to bat first against the lowest ranked Bangladesh (this WC, Bangla fans don't troll now). I still think that a good total above 160 on a balanced pitch would put them under pressure.

  • Garry on March 30, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    I am not sure where people are getting the idea that England have a better batting line up and bat deep. I heard the English commentators saying how great it is that England bat so deep so I looked at their stats and they are no better than any other team including NZ, our number 11 (Shodhi) on paper looks about as good as Jordan who bats at number 8.

  • Josh on March 30, 2016, 4:23 GMT

    The stats are somewhat irrelevant when you realize that NZ played on bowler friendly pitches and England on batter friendly. The stats simply reflect that but I doubt we can draw much from that. Will NZ spinners find it a difficult surface? How much will Eng have an advantage from experience there? I feel Eng has been unconvincing and that'll be seen tonight. NZ on form, but Eng has power to upset. 60/40.

  • Avinash on March 30, 2016, 3:56 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I'd rather meet a team that can be considered as equals (NZ) than some school boys who only know how to talk big (Eng). Com' on Black caps! Show those little boys their place in World cricket

  •   Ghalib Imtiyaz on March 29, 2016, 23:36 GMT

    India will not win the semi final if a united WI XI turns up. But if they are conquered by their inner daemons then India will win with 10 balls to spare :) but England or NZ will be hard to beat even on a raging turner. India is fortunate to be in the semi final so winning the T20 is out of the equation. Kohli alone cant chase 200+.

  •   Evan Christie on March 29, 2016, 21:55 GMT

    you can't underestimate the advantage England has in having played on this ground twice already. Hopefully the grounds people are Blackcaps fans and forget to water it for a few days. On the other hand our batsmen will likely thrive on a friendlier surface having battled on tougher pitches in their previous games.

  • Valavan on March 29, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    @CRICARCH, First India must win the SF. if badree and benn destroy India. then your dreams will be in despair as the team india. wishing the kohli failure similar to 2014 Final and thereby ending india's campaign.

  • Abhinav on March 29, 2016, 18:35 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I will be rooting for England. I am more comfortable with a final with a-little-more-vulnerable England rather than a dangerous-at-the-moment Kiwis's..

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