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Champions League Twenty20 performance analysis

Wiese, Mills the top performers

An analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in the Champions League Twenty20 2012

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

October 29, 2012

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David Wiese thumped 61 not out off 28, Titans v Sydney Sixers, 2nd semi-final, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 26, 2012
David Wiese' 61 against Sydney Sixers is the best batting performance in the 2012 tournament and the third-best across all editions of the Champions League Twenty20 © AFP
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David Wiese' 61 for Titans in their close semi-final defeat against Sydney Sixers is the best innings in the Champions League Twenty20 2012 according to ESPNcricinfo's analysis of individual batting and bowling performances. Wiese, who came in with Titans struggling at 82 for 5, scored 61 off just 28 balls including 48 runs in boundaries. His innings, which is also ranked third on the list of all-time best batting performances in the Champions League Twenty20, is well ahead of second-placed Gary Ballance's 64 on the 2012 list. On the bowling front, the best performance is Kyle Mills' 2 for 6 in Auckland's six-wicket win in their qualifying game against Sialkot Stallions. The batting list is dominated by Titans and Sixers, who have three and two innings respectively in the top ten. Despite failing to make the semi-final stage, Auckland, led by Mills and Azhar Mahmood, dominated the bowling list with three top-ten performances.

Coming in at No.7, Wiese was under pressure with Titans five down in the 14th over. He proceeded to hit four sixes and scored at a strike rate of 217.85 enabling Titans to finish on a competitive 163. Only two players managed to score above 40 in a game where the combined strike rate of the other batsmen was just 116.50. However, Wiese's superb effort went in vain as Sixers edged the game off the last ball of the innings. Ballance, who topped the run charts for Yorkshire, has two performances in the top ten (second and seventh). Although his 64 against Trinidad and Tobago is second, it is nearly 14 points behind Wiese' innings. Ballance' knock comes in slightly ahead of Moises Henriques' quickfire 49 against Chennai Super Kings. Henriques came in to bat in the 14th over and dominated a 75-run stand with Steven Smith. The top five is completed by Neil McKenzie and Michael Lumb. McKenzie's 68, which is in fourth place, helped Lions overhaul a competitive target of 158 against Mumbai Indians with ease. Lumb's 82 came off just 42 balls (62 runs in boundaries) and made the final a no-contest. In contrast, the rest of the batsmen were able to score at only just over a run a ball. Dinesh Karthik and Debabrata Das produced two good innings (eighth and ninth) in a tournament that proved to be mostly forgettable for all IPL teams except Delhi Daredevils, who qualified for the semi-finals.

Top 10 batting performances in Champions League Twenty20 2012
Batsman Team Opposition Runs Balls faced Points
David Wiese Titans Sydney Sixers 61 28 61.54
Gary Ballance Yorkshire Trinidad & Tobago 64 37 47.53
Moises Henriques Sydney Sixers Chennai Super Kings 49 23 46.22
Neil McKenzie Lions Mumbai Indians 68 41 44.46
Michael Lumb Sydney Sixers Lions 82 42 44.25
Jacques Rudolph Titans Perth Scorchers 83 59 44.21
Gary Ballance Yorkshire Chennai Super Kings 58 38 42.98
Dinesh Karthik Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings 74 45 42.89
Debabrata Das Kolkata Knight Riders Titans 43 19 41.30
F Behardien Titans Auckland 48 23 41.27

Click here to download the list of top 50 batting performances in the Champions League Twenty20

In Auckland's qualifying game against Stallions, Mills finished with 2 for six off his quota of four overs. In a match where the run-rate was 7.15, Mills' economy rate of 1.50 was exceptional. While Mills' performance, which is ranked fourth across all seasons, came in the first innings, second-placed Chris Morris produced a superb display in the semi-final against Daredevils. Defending a modest target of 140, Morris bowled his four overs for just seven runs (economy rate of 1.75) and helped Lions restrict Daredevils to 117. While both Mills and Morris finished in the top two because of an excellent economy rate, Mahmood and Lasith Malinga are third and fourth primarily because of the fact that they picked up five-wicket hauls. While Mahmood's 5 for 24 came in the qualifying game against Hampshire, Malinga's effort came in Mumbai's six-run defeat against Chennai. L Balaji's 4 for 19 helped Kolkata Knight Riders crush Titans by 99 runs but was not enough to ensure qualification for the last four. In contrast to the batting list, where the top two innings were separated by a big margin, the top-five bowling performances are bundled much more closely with the gap between the No.1 and No.5 less than three points. Also, the top four bowling performances in 2012 finished among the top ten across all seasons of the Champions League.

Top 10 bowling performances in Champions League Twenty20 2012
Bowler Team Opposition Wickets Runs Points
Kyle Mills Auckland Sialkot Stallions 2 6 67.60
Chris Morris Lions Delhi Daredevils 2 7 67.35
Azhar Mahmood Auckland Hampshire 5 24 66.68
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings 5 32 65.34
L Balaji Kolkata Knight Riders Titans 4 19 65.13
Aaron Phangiso Lions Sydney Sixers 3 14 61.27
Azhar Mahmood Auckland Kolkata Knight Riders 3 16 58.91
Michael Beer Perth Scorchers Auckland 3 13 57.60
Ryan Sidebottom Yorkshire Trinidad & Tobago 3 13 53.23
Ben Hilfenhaus Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians 2 14 53.19

Click here to download the list of top 50 bowling performances in the Champions League Twenty20

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

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Posted by Deepu on (October 30, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Hw come Chris Morris 4-0-7-2 in semi final against Delhi Daredevils consisting of Sehwag,Warner,Pieterson & Taylor be ranked second to Kyle Mills effort in the qualifiers?

Posted by Paul on (October 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Titans were hugely unlucky to not make the final. Best team in the CLT20

Posted by John on (October 29, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Interesting, isn't it. Sydney have hardly anyone in the top performances, yet they went through undefeated - two or more wins than anyone else. Maybe cricket is a team game!!!!

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