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The Powerplay kings, and other IPL stats

A look at some of the key stats from the third IPL, halfway into the tournament

S Rajesh

April 2, 2010

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Chaminda Vaas took 2 for 27 to set Punjab back early, Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Cuttack, March 19, 2010
Chaminda Vaas: the best performer with the ball in the Powerplay overs in IPL 2010 © Indian Premier League
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The IPL's third edition is almost at the halfway stage, with 29 out of 60 matches out of the way, and it's time to check out some of the key stats from the tournament so far. With the matches coming back to India after a gap of a year, it was expected that batsmen would have a better time than in the previous edition in South Africa, and that's exactly how it's turned out so far.

At the same stage of the tournament in 2008, batsmen had averaged a touch under 26 runs per wicket and 8.32 runs per over; the stats are pretty similar this year too, with the average rising fractionally to 26.05 but the run rate decreasing marginally to 8.21. In South Africa, of course, the batsmen struggled much more, with the average below 23 and the run rate less than eight.

The other interesting stat is the number of boundaries in these three editions at the halfway mark. The numbers this year are again closer to 2008 than to last year, with more fours and sixes being struck in the first edition than in this one so far - after 29 matches, there were 882 fours and 308 sixes in 2008, compared with 850 fours and 285 sixes this year. The difference is especially stark with 2009, especially in the number of fours - the quicker outfields in India have led to a 39% increase in the number of fours over last year. For the crowds, it has clearly been more entertainment this year.

After 29 matches in the three IPLs
Year Runs Wkts Average Run rate 4s 6s
2008 9078 350 25.93 8.32 882 308
2009 7655 340 22.51 7.56 613 248
2010 9251 355 26.05 8.21 850 285

Comparing the run rates of teams over the three IPLs it's clear that Mumbai Indians have moved ahead of the pack this year in terms of their run rate - they are the only team to have scored in excess of nine runs per over, thanks primarily to the outstanding form of their captain. Theirs has been a significant improvement from 2009, when they only managed a rate of 7.40.

The other team whose batting has improved significantly is Bangalore - their average runs per wicket has almost doubled from 2008, while the run rate too is much better than it was in the last two years.

For some of the other teams, the graphs have moved in the opposite direction: Kolkata's run rate continues to languish, while Punjab's batting woes are reflected in their batting average, which has dropped from 31.18 in 2008 to 20.44 this year. Quite remarkably, Delhi have exactly the same run rate this year as in 2008.

Team-wise batting stats for the teams in all three years
Team 2008 - Average Run rate 2009 - Average Run rate 2010 - Average Run rate
Mumbai Indians 26.32 8.34 23.13 7.40 29.16 9.15
Delhi Daredevils 27.44 8.48 28.41 7.73 27.70 8.48
Royal Challengers Bangalore 18.70 7.43 21.50 7.35 36.16 8.43
Rajasthan Royals 29.55 8.74 18.15 6.82 22.56 8.10
Deccan Chargers 23.96 8.29 23.84 7.90 22.32 8.15
Kolkata Knight Riders 22.06 7.79 24.40 7.20 26.02 7.31
Chennai Super Kings 31.88 8.44 27.54 8.10 29.31 8.15
Kings XI Punjab 31.18 8.81 22.16 7.19 20.44 7.93

Among the bowling units, the averages for Deccan and Bangalore have improved considerably over the first. Punjab, though, have struggled for wickets, with their average being the highest among all teams.

Team-wise bowling stats for all sides in all three years
Team 2008 - Average Econ rate 2009 - Average Econ rate 2010 - Average Econ rate
Mumbai Indians 22.29 8.05 22.24 7.23 25.27 8.34
Delhi Daredevils 23.15 8.34 20.35 7.54 21.08 8.19
Royal Challengers Bangalore 33.90 8.42 26.31 7.51 26.00 7.71
Rajasthan Royals 22.04 7.89 21.04 7.02 26.71 8.36
Deccan Chargers 34.35 8.70 21.70 7.52 24.82 8.36
Kolkata Knight Riders 24.54 8.05 33.16 7.87 29.56 7.89
Chennai Super Kings 27.61 8.42 22.02 7.54 26.20 8.27
Kings XI Punjab 25.44 8.54 24.81 7.58 32.05 8.58

The Powerplay stars

And now here's a closer look at some of the key stats from IPL 2010. We start with team and individual performances in the Powerplay overs (other aspects will be examined in subsequent articles over the next couple of weeks).

Mumbai have been absolute champions in the first six overs with the bat, with Sachin Tendulkar leading the way quite emphatically (more details on that in the next table). They've averaged almost nine-and-a-half runs per over, and more than 66 runs per wicket in these overs. Deccan and Delhi have been the other teams to average nine-plus with the bat, thanks to Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag and David Warner. Deccan have been especially good with both bat and ball in the first six, averaging an economy rate of a shade over seven - the difference between their batting and bowling run rates is more than two, which suggests they've been pretty ordinary through the rest of the overs - to finish with three wins and as many losses in the first six matches. Bangalore have an exceptionally high average in the first six, thanks to their top-notch old guard, Jacques Kallis.

On the other hand, Rajasthan and Punjab have struggled to take charge in the first six. Rajasthan have conceded more than 50 runs seven times in eight matches, with three of those being above 60. Two of those are the highest conceded in the tournament so far - they gave away 76 against the otherwise abject Punjab, and 69 against Mumbai. Punjab have struggled to take wickets in the first six, which has hurt them quite badly - they concede almost 50 runs per wicket, which is much higher than their batting average.

Teams in the first six overs with bat and ball
Team Batting average Batting run rate Bowling average Economy rate Ave diff RR diff
Mumbai Indians 66.33 9.47 30.90 8.09 35.43 1.38
Deccan Chargers 27.25 9.08 19.46 7.02 7.79 2.06
Delhi Daredevils 28.86 9.02 22.47 7.95 6.39 1.07
Royal Challengers Bangalore 67.00 7.97 56.00 8.00 11.00 -0.03
Rajasthan Royals 26.92 7.85 42.45 9.72 -15.53 -1.87
Kings XI Punjab 27.08 7.73 49.42 8.23 -22.34 -0.50
Chennai Super Kings 35.70 7.43 40.30 8.39 -4.60 -0.96
Kolkata Knight Riders 23.76 7.35 27.83 7.95 -4.07 -0.60

Not surprisingly, Tendulkar is right on top of the run-scorers' list in the first six. He's made 163 of his 314 runs - that's more than 50% - during the Powerplay overs. He has only been dismissed once during this period, which gives him an exceptional average of 163, and those runs have come at a rate of 9.40 per over. Kallis follows, with an average that's almost as good, though the strike rate is quite a bit lower. Sehwag, Gilchrist and Warner are the others with a strike rate of 10 or more runs per over, while Murali Vijay has crept into the top 10 too, thanks to his superb knock against Bangalore.

Top batsmen in the first six overs (sorted by runs scored)
Batsman Runs Balls Dismissals Average Run rate
Sachin Tendulkar 163 104 1 163.00 9.40
Jacques Kallis 158 126 1 158.00 7.52
Virender Sehwag 157 91 5 31.40 10.35
Naman Ojha 149 108 5 29.80 8.27
Matthew Hayden 144 109 4 36.00 7.92
Adam Gilchrist 133 70 5 26.60 11.40
Manish Pandey 120 99 2 60.00 7.27
David Warner 120 72 3 40.00 10.00
Michael Lumb 110 78 3 36.67 8.46
Murali Vijay 99 65 1 99.00 9.13

Among the bowlers, Chaminda Vaas has been outstanding, which makes his omission from the team quite inexplicable. He has bowled 72 deliveries in the Powerplay overs, and taken seven wickets at an average of 8.14 and an economy rate of 4.75. All of that has been achieved with clever changes of pace, length, and some swing. Dirk Nannes has an excellent economy rate too, but he has only managed two wickets in 78 deliveries.

Top bowlers in the first six overs (sorted by econ rate; qual: 8 overs)
Bowler Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets Average Econ rate
Chaminda Vaas 72 57 7 8.14 4.75
Dirk Nannes 78 64 2 32.00 4.92
Lasith Malinga 54 54 4 13.50 6.00
Praveen Kumar 84 100 1 100.00 7.14
Albie Morkel 84 107 3 35.67 7.64
Ryan McLaren 60 78 1 78.00 7.80
Zaheer Khan 78 102 2 51.00 7.84
Sreesanth 60 79 3 26.33 7.90

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Posted by Energisermax on (April 5, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

Having less fours and sixes does not necessarily mean more excitement for crowds. I for one like a fair contest between bat and ball. I found IPL 2009 to be a fair contest and better "cricket".

Posted by   on (April 4, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

i don't know what is Gili thinking. There must be inside problem for decision. otherwise i don't think he is a moron like this.

Posted by Hassie on (April 2, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

@ Krishdking1781988

yeah, that is true, but still its the same situation for Vassy,in Sri Lanka cricket too. Once they learn the lesson they will get the legends inaction.

Posted by AlokJoshi on (April 2, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

Very insightful statistics and thoughtful analysis. Using the data, one can infer about team standings in the overall tables for year 2010. Batting avgs and run rates of DC, RR and KXI are ordinary, it explains their difficulties. The same applies to KKR but they are marginally ahead due to better batting avg and lower bowling eco rate. CSK batting average is good although run rate is a concern. Other 3 teams, MI, RCB, DD look good to reach SFs per performances at this stage. MI must look to control the bowling eco rate - could use Malinga to bowl two overs within the first six, given his low average and eco rate. The omission of Vaas is most perplexing in the backdrop of his performances and the dominance of Sachin and Kallis on the batting top lists emerges clearly. Can they continue playing like this in the business end of the tournament? It will be interesting to analyse last five overs of innings in greater depth, much in the same manner as the first six!

Posted by Krishdking1781988 on (April 2, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

Dropping Vaas for Roach was a bad decision and it has shown in the Deccan Chargers results as they have now lost 3 matches in a row.

Posted by aavi242 on (April 2, 2010, 7:32 GMT)

greta job... very well complied.....

Posted by randikaayya on (April 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

Vaasy dropped in favor of Kemar Roach by Adam Gilchrist? Chirst Gil what were you thinking?? Roach goes for 48 in his 4 overs more than twice Vaas average! Bring back the legend and reap the rewards.

Posted by sachinisgreat on (April 2, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

Mumbai Indians performance all depend on sachin.In 7 matches he topped the score 5 times.In IPL 2010, mumbai indians and kolkata knigtriders may play the final because they were the last in ipl 2009.

Posted by sachinisgreat on (April 2, 2010, 6:15 GMT)

Mumbai Indians performance all depend on sachin.In 7 matches he topped the score 5 times.In IPL 2010, mumbai indians and kolkata knigtriders may play the final because they were the last in ipl 2009.

Posted by Hassie on (April 2, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

Chaminda Vaas is having a spectacular season, Vassy who is not included in the twenty20 squad for Sri Lanka has shown his talent, he has bowled in the first 8 overs as it is in an ODI match!!

Last time when Sanath performed well for MI they included him into the squad, now lets see what happens to Vassy.

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