World T20

Sri Lanka, Pakistan ahead of rest

Sri Lanka and Pakistan, who have excellent records in World T20s, have also been the most consistent teams in recent times

Shiva Jayaraman

March 20, 2014

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The Pakistan team is ecstatic after winning the final , Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord's, June 21, 2009
Pakistan have been the most consistent team in the World T20, having made it to the semi-finals in all previous tournaments © Associated Press
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Defending champions West Indies have slipped to sixth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings since the previous World T20. The runners-up in 2012, Sri Lanka, have been the most consistent team in the format since, and are ranked No. 1.

Rankings, however, do not reflect the relative strength of T20 teams as much as they do in the longer formats. Ireland, who are No. 9 and are playing the qualifier to get to the main draw of the World T20 - beat the defending champions not so long ago. India, who have played only five matches since the last World T20, were held to a draw in a two-match series by England - a side ranked six places below them. That India have been able to stay at the top of the ranking table despite playing only five games in 16 months only proves that other teams have not won consistently to push them down.

Recent form

Among top-ranked teams, Sri Lanka have been the most successful with a win-loss ratio of 2.66 during this period. They won eight out of 11 matches. Only South Africa, who beat Sri Lanka by a 2-1 margin in a three-match series last year, and Pakistan have managed to beat them. Pakistan have the next best win-loss ratio - 1.80 - having won nine of their 14 games. England have come to this tournament having played the most T20 internationals among the top sides. However, they won only five of their 15 games. Australia's resurgence as a Test team has coincided with a productive run in T20s too. They won their last five matches - their last loss in a T20 international was against India in October last year. Though South Africa's win-loss ratio of 1.16 suggests an ordinary run, five of their seven wins were against higher-ranked teams - Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

T20I records since the last World T20
Team Mat Won Lost NR W-L
Ireland 4 3 1 - 3.00
Sri Lanka 11 8 3 - 2.66
Pakistan 14 9 5 - 1.80
India 5 3 2 - 1.50
Australia 11 6 5 - 1.20
New Zealand 12 6 5 1 1.20
South Africa 13 7 6 - 1.16
West Indies 13 7 6 - 1.16
England 15 5 9 1 0.55
Bangladesh 7 1 6 - 0.16

Performance in previous World T20s

Sri Lanka are the most consistent team in terms of win-loss ratio, with 16 wins in 25 matches. They have made the semi-finals of the last three tournaments and reached the final in 2009 and 2012. However, in terms of semi-final appearances, Pakistan have been the most successful team, having got to the last four in every World T20. Of the top sides, only South Africa and New Zealand have not appeared in a final.

Teams at World T20s
Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR W-L Semi-finals Finals Titles
Sri Lanka 25 16 8 1 - 2.00 3 2 -
Pakistan 26 16 9 1 - 1.77 4 2 1
Australia 21 13 8 - 0 1.62 3 1 -
South Africa 21 13 8 - - 1.62 1 - -
India 22 12 8 1 1 1.50 1 1 1
West Indies 20 9 9 1 1 1.00 2 1 1
England 22 10 11 - 1 0.90 1 1 1
New Zealand 21 9 10 2 - 0.90 1 - -
Ireland 10 2 6 - 2 0.33 - - -
Bangladesh 13 3 10 - - 0.20 - - -

Impact of spin

If conditions for the qualifying matches in Bangladesh were anything to go by, dew is likely to impact the evening games in this World T20. However, the slow and dry tracks will help spinners when dew is not a factor. Teams with good spin attacks are likely to hold an edge - an area where the subcontinent teams and West Indies might score over other teams. Overall, spinners bowl an average of 4.3 overs more in matches in Asia than they do at other venues (excluding West Indies). While their economy rates on these pitches are only marginally better than when they are bowling outside Asia, spinners are preferred in these conditions because they concede almost a run an over less than fast bowlers.

Pace v spin in Asia and other venues, T20Is
Other venues excluding West Indies
  Mat Ovrs Mdns Wkts Ave Eco SR Ovrs/Mat
Pace 160 3946.0 46 1204 26.22 8.00 19.6 24.3
Spin 160 1787.2 10 553 23.52 7.27 19.3 11.1
Pace 118 2566.5 42 820 23.90 7.63 18.7 21.7
Spin 118 1865.5 29 549 22.79 6.70 20.3 15.8

Spinners have proved to be more effective in the Powerplay overs in Asia. With not much movement on offer for the fast bowlers, their extra pace only helps batsmen to score easily. Fast bowlers concede a boundary every five balls on average, spinners go for one every seven balls. In Powerplay overs, the economy rate of spinners is nearly a run less than that of fast bowlers.

Pace v spin in the Powerplay in Asia
Mat Dots 4s 6s Econ Wkts Ave SR Balls/boundary
Pace 216 3442 1000 125 7.30 260 28.68 23.5 5.4
Spin 136 933 198 49 6.39 85 22.00 20.6 7.1

T20 records in Asia

As South Africa's T20 record in Asia shows, having quality spinners is not the only way to win in the subcontinent. In the last five years, South Africa played 12 matches in Asia and won eight. Their win-loss ratio of 2.0 is the best among the top teams in Asia. However, in keeping with their reputation of getting bogged down in major tournaments, three of their four losses in Asia came in the last World T20, when they lost to Pakistan, Australia and India. Bangladesh are at the bottom of the table with eight losses in nine games, with their only win coming against West Indies in 2011. Since then and before this World T20, they had lost eight straight matches in Asia.

Win-loss records in Asia since 2009
Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR W-L
South Africa 12 8 4 - - 2.00
India 15 9 6 - - 1.50
West Indies 9 4 3 1 1 1.33
Pakistan 31 17 13 1 - 1.30
England 13 7 6 - - 1.16
Sri Lanka 28 14 12 1 1 1.16
New Zealand 13 5 5 2 1 1.00
Australia 13 5 7 1 - 0.71

Top performers

Sri Lanka have three batsmen among the top five run-scorers in the World T20. Mahela Jayawardene, who is playing his last few T20 games, tops this list with 858 runs at 40.85. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara are the other Sri Lankans in this list. Chris Gayle, who averages 44.26 in World T20s and has scored 664 runs at a strike rate of 152.29, and Brendon McCullum complete the top five.

Top run getters in World T20s
Batsman Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s/50s
Mahela Jayawardene 25 858 100 40.85 136.62 1/5
Chris Gayle 17 664 117 44.26 152.29 1/6
Tillakaratne Dilshan 24 632 96* 30.09 128.97 0/4
Kumar Sangakkara 25 590 68 26.81 113.89 0/3
Brendon McCullum 21 552 123 29.05 126.60 1/1

Sri Lankans lead the bowling charts too, with Lasith Malinga's 33 wickets at 19.78 in the World T20. His economy of 7.71, though, is much higher than his overall T20 economy of 6.63. Ajantha Mendis has been excellent in World T20s, with 31 wickets at 13.48 and an economy of 6.14. The presence of three Pakistan bowlers in the top five shows why they have done well in World T20s. Saeed Ajmal's 32 wickets have come at 15.46 and an economy rate of 6.65. Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul are the other Pakistan bowlers to complete the top five.

Top wicket takers in World T20s
Bowler Inns Wkts BBI Eco Ave SR 4/5w
Lasith Malinga 25 33 5/31 7.71 19.78 15.3 0/1
Saeed Ajmal 19 32 4/19 6.65 15.46 13.9 3/0
Ajantha Mendis 18 31 6/8 6.14 13.48 13.1 1/1
Shahid Afridi 26 31 4/11 6.63 22.25 20.1 2/0
Umar Gul 20 20 5/6 6.95 16.58 14.3 1/1

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Posted by   on (March 22, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

i think for all format of cricket there is no challange for india, all the best india.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (March 22, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

No matter, what list you make, BD is always at the bottom!!!! :))))))

Posted by Slough327 on (March 20, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

Syed Usman barmawara. I did not said that your country or some country can win the IPL I think you need some help when you reading news and comments will be better that you ask for help from some one who know better then you so you will not waste your and others time thank you

Posted by Slough327 on (March 20, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

Syed Usman you need to use your comonsence b4 u do comments actually you don't even know what I was talking about. I make it easy for you don't worry here the topic was which country has performed better in t20 stats were proven by cricinfo Pak&SL and one of your team fan said this. AND THE COUNTRY THAT OWNS IPL HASNT PERFORMED WELL? LOL. I know India hav won t20 very first time the first one and they won the 50 over World Cup I did not said they never won it I mean to prove you are good you need to perform here in world cricket not own IPL now just wait and watch what happens Pak&SL have played more final and smi finals then India b4 then this t20 that is where Pak&SL are good then you how many time India reach in semi ?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Never mind the stats nor predictions. Fact remains SL have been winning more than their fair share of matches all over the globe. Same cannot be said about the Indian team who will keep on loosing all over the world. SL, Pakistan, CA and SA have a good chance to be in the finals.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

guys lankan team maybe consistent na... that is not true they have been lucky... india on the other hand lost one match in gp stages and that get them...

Posted by blthndr on (March 20, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

two groups are interesting 1 has a more pace heavy teams and grp 2 has more spin heavy teams....SL & pak have good chance to top in their grp as they hav better spinners and good fast bowlers...

Posted by RuwanFer on (March 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

@Janith Chandrasoma T20 is like that, nothing wrong with the author's argument.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

T-20, anything can happen. Stats don't matter. Very unpredictable, luck plays a big part. It is enjoyable while watching the game, if your team wins, Well, congratulations!!

Posted by LionsCric on (March 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

yes mr Indian... I Have seen Indias Contribution for wt20 since 2007. only 1 semi, 1 final , one n only title. But srilankans 3 semis , with 2 finals... Can you imagine the consistancy on lankan team. I don't say we are the best . Remember, Best team never wins the title. But Best team keeps their consistancy for ever.

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