World T20 2016, stats review April 3, 2016

314 sixes, and 21 match-winning tosses

Stats review of the 2016 World T20, which was tough on fast bowlers and saw more sixes hit than previous editions

For the first time in a WT20, the quick bowlers conceded more than eight runs per over © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

7.78 The overall run-rate in the tournament - the second highest among all World T20s, next only to the inaugural edition in South Africa in 2007, where the run rate was 7.99. In the Super 10 matches of this edition, the rate was only marginally higher at 7.84. The average runs per wicket increased slightly as well in the Super 10s, from 23.11 to 23.93. In all six World T20s, the run-rate has remained in a relatively narrow band between 7.5 and 8.0. There were four 200-plus totals, which is also the second highest after the 2007 edition, when there were five such scores.

314 Sixes hit in the tournament, the most in a single World T20. However, there were also 35 matches in this tournament, compared to 27 in most other World T20s. In terms of balls per six, the average in this tournament was third, after the 2010 and 2007 editions.

How the numbers stack up in the six World T20s
Teams Mat Ave Run rate 200+ totals 6s Balls/6
 2007  27  22.64  7.99  5  265  22.5
 2016  35  23.11  7.78  4  314  23.98
 2012  27  23.64  7.63  1  223  26.35
 2009  27  22.62  7.62  1  166  36.31
 2014  35  22.78  7.53  0  300  25.79
 2010  27  21.42  7.53  0  278  21.36

18-5 Win-loss record for teams that won the toss since the start of the Super 10s. The two semi-finals and the final were all won by the teams which won the toss and chose to chase. The five matches where teams won the toss and lost the game were Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Bangladesh v India, Sri Lanka v England, West Indies v Afghanistan, and Australia v India. When captains decided to bat first, they had an 8-2 win-loss record, while in chases their record was 10-3. In the qualifiers, though, the teams winning the toss had a 3-7 record. The overall tournament record of 21-12 for teams winning the toss was still the best among all World T20s.

18-15 Win-loss record for teams batting first in the tournament. However, excluding the qualifiers, that record drops to 11-12. For the fourth time in six World T20s, teams batting first won more games than the teams chasing. The two exceptions were the 2007 tournament in South Africa, and the 2014 edition in Bangladesh.

43 Sixes for West Indies in the tournament, the most by any team. England followed with 39, while Afghanistan had 37. West Indies' tally is the third highest by any team in a World T20, after Australia's 57 in the 2010 edition, and West Indies' 49 when they won the title in 2012.

43.78 Dot-ball percentage for West Indies in the tournament, the highest among the teams who reached the Super 10s; Sri Lanka were next at 43.76%. England had a dot percentage of 34.47, lower than all teams except South Africa.

64.25 Percentage of runs West Indies scored in boundaries, the highest among all teams - they hit 43 sixes and 73 fours in a total of 856 runs. The next best team was South Africa with 61.82%, while England were third with 61.24%. Among the teams in Super 10s, India (50.82%) had the lowest boundary percentage.

24.12 Joe Root's dot-ball percentage, the lowest among all batsmen who faced at least 75 balls in the tournament. The next lowest was Virat Kohli with 26.34%, while the highest was Soumya Sarkar's 54.12%. Sarkar is the only batsman this list with a 50-plus dot percentage; the next highest is Johnson Charles' 49.07%.

295 Tamim Iqbal's aggregate, the highest in this tournament, and third best by any batsman in a World T20. The highest is 319 in the 2014 edition by Kohli, who was also the second-highest run-getter in this tournament with 273. Kohli's overall World T20 aggregate of 777 is third highest among all batsmen; only Mahela Jayawardene, Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan have scored more runs in World T20 matches.

6.95 Economy-rate for spinners in the tournament, while the quicker bowlers disappeared at 8.04 runs per over. Spinners also had a better average - 22, compared to the fast bowlers' 27.73 - in the entire tournament, and also since the start of the Super 10 stage. The economy-rate of 6.95 for spinners is fourth among all World T20s.

Pace and spin in the tournament
  Entire tournament After qualifiers
  Wickets Average Econ rate Wickets Average Econ rate
Pace 205 27.72 8.04 149 28.36 8.21
Spin 172 22.00 6.95 116 22.69 6.94

8.04 The economy-rate for seamers in the tournament, the poorest among all World T20s. Their average of 27.72 is also the highest among all tournaments.

Seamers in each World T20
Year Wkts Ave Econ rate Strike rate
 2010  202  21.04  7.52  16.7
 2014  217  25.66  7.72  19.9
 2007  227  25.26  7.78  19.4
 2012  166  25.07  7.90  19.0
 2009  184  25.67  7.96  19.3
 2016  205  27.72  8.04  20.6

1 Darren Sammy became the first captain to play at least five matches in a series in any format in international cricket, and bat and bowl fewer than 20 balls. He faced 13 balls in the entire tournament, scoring eight runs in three innings, and bowled three overs, taking 1 for 31.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Indar on April 6, 2016, 15:33 GMT

    Sammy is an integral part of the team. Winning toss, uniting the team, using bowlers and sending in the batting order. He did a great job as captain. Could you imagine if Russel did not come in early against India what would have happen? To pick the right finisher at the right time is a skill. Sammy a very good shot in the final and got out, so did Russell. It was Carlos day to shine.

  • Jay on April 6, 2016, 12:34 GMT

    That means India performed quite well! Only team after qualifiers to win more than 1 match even after losing toss! Hard Luck MSD!

  • Utsab on April 6, 2016, 12:33 GMT

    Talk of stats, let's have a T20 WC solely in NZ. All the above stats will be rewritten. And, possibly for good. LOL.

  • Raman on April 6, 2016, 11:37 GMT

    It was Darren Samy who gelled together the successful team. Although he did not contribute by his bat, his contribution to Windies' cricket will eched in stone.

  • Cow on April 6, 2016, 9:29 GMT

    Toss should never be a determinant of the result of the game. A big flaw of the game of cricket.

  • M on April 5, 2016, 23:21 GMT

    What Darren Sammy did do though is win all tosses. His second most important contribution to the team after bringing the team together.

  • himanshu on April 5, 2016, 14:03 GMT

    This was a world cup of Toss!!!

  • Richmael Jordan on April 5, 2016, 10:35 GMT

    you shud put also 1 darren sammy the first captain to win two world t20 tournaments

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