Pakistan v South Africa, ICC World T20, 1st semi-final, Trent Bridge

Battle of the best bowling teams

A look at how the stats stack up for Pakistan and South Africa ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final

S Rajesh

June 17, 2009

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In the only Twenty20 international between the two teams, South Africa cruised to a ten-wicket win with 51 balls to spare. Can Pakistan turn the table this time? A look at how the stats stack up for Pakistan and South Africa ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final.

The overall numbers

As you'd expect with a team which has won five games on the trot in the tournament, South Africa have excellent numbers with both bat and ball - they are marginally ahead of Pakistan in both aspects. Neither of the two teams are at the top of the tree in terms of batting stats - West Indies takes that honour - but with the ball South Africa and Pakistan are easily the two best sides in the competition. They have taken the most number of wickets in the tournament so far with 42 and 41, and are the only sides who have conceded less than seven runs per over.

Pakistan and South Africa with the bat in the ICC World Twenty20
Team Runs Balls Wickets Average Run rate
Pakistan 702 559 30 23.40 7.53
South Africa 766 590 27 28.37 7.78

Pakistan and South Africa with the ball in the ICC World Twenty20
Team Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Pakistan 647 576 41 15.78 6.73
South Africa 600 573 42 14.28 6.28

The Powerplay overs

Both South Africa and Pakistan have been among the more conservative teams with the bat during the first six overs, scoring at less than eight runs per over. South Africa, though, have been excellent at keeping wickets in hand, losing just three during the Powerplay overs all tournament, and averaging 77 per wicket. Their opening partnership of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis has been among the best in the competition. Pakistan, on the other hand, have lost nine wickets during the first six overs.

Pakistan and South Africa in the first six overs - batting
Team Runs Balls Wickets Average Run rate
Pakistan 219 180 9 24.33 7.30
South Africa 231 180 3 77.00 7.70

As bowling teams, South Africa have been far superior in the first six, taking 11 wickets - the second-highest, after England's 13 - at an excellent average and economy rate.

Pakistan and South Africa in the first six overs - bowling
Team Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Pakistan 239 180 7 34.14 7.96
South Africa 184 180 11 16.72 6.13

Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn have been exceptional in the first six. Mohammad Aamer is the most successful for Pakistan, but he has been relatively expensive, going at seven-and-a-half per over.

Pakistan and South African bowlers in the first six overs
Bowler Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Dale Steyn 62 60 4 15.50 6.20
Wayne Parnell 42 60 4 10.50 4.20
Mohammad Aamer 93 78 4 23.25 7.15
Abdul Razzaq 31 36 2 15.50 5.16

The middle overs - 7 to 14

Pakistan have been the slightly stronger team overall in the middle overs, scoring at a better rate and taking four more wickets than the South African bowlers.

Pakistan and South Africa in the middle eight overs - batting
Team Runs Balls Wickets Average Run rate
Pakistan 284 235 8 35.50 7.25
South Africa 269 240 8 33.62 6.72

Pakistan and South Africa in the middle eight overs - bowling
Team Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Pakistan 251 240 16 15.68 6.27
South Africa 247 240 12 20.58 6.17

The star bowler in the middle overs has been Shahid Afridi who has done a remarkable job of taking wickets and keeping the runs in check. In 114 deliveries he has taking eight wickets, an average of less than 15 balls per wicket, at an economy rate of only slightly more than five per over.

Pakistan and South African bowlers in the middle eight overs
Bowler Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Shahid Afridi 98 114 8 12.25 5.15
Saeed Ajmal 60 60 4 15.00 6.00
Johan Botha 78 84 4 19.50 5.57
Roelof van der Merwe 82 90 4 20.50 5.46
Shoaib Malik 55 42 1 55.00 7.85

The last six overs

South Africa have been the slightly better batting team in the last six overs, but both have been outstanding with the ball, conceding less than ten runs per wicket, and less than seven per over. That's ensured that the batting teams have had little momentum towards the end of their innings.

Pakistan and South Africa in the last six overs - batting
Team Runs Balls Wickets Average Run rate
Pakistan 199 144 13 15.30 8.29
South Africa 266 170 16 16.62 9.38

Pakistan and South Africa in the last six overs - bowlng
Team Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Pakistan 157 156 18 8.72 6.03
South Africa 169 153 19 8.89 6.62

Umar Gul has taken the most number of wickets in the last six overs, but there have been several other star performers from both teams. Saeed Ajmal has been outstanding, both in terms of taking wickets and keeping runs in check, and the same applies to Steyn, Parnell and van der Merwe as well.

Pakistan and South African bowlers in the last six overs
Bowler Runs conceded Balls bowled Wickets Average Econ rate
Umar Gul 65 69 8 8.12 5.65
Saeed Ajmal 52 60 7 7.42 5.20
Dale Steyn 49 42 4 12.25 7.00
Wayne Parnell 51 41 4 12.75 7.46
Roelof van der Merwe 24 30 5 4.80 4.80

How the runs have been scored

There's little to choose in the manner in which the two teams have scored the runs in this tournament: the dot-ball percentages are almost equal, but Pakistan have, surprisingly, scored a higher percentage of their runs in singles, twos and threes.

How Pakistan and South Africa have scored their runs
Team Dots Percentage 1s, 2s, 3s Percentage 4s, 6s Percentage
Pakistan 203 36.31 285 50.98 70 12.52
South Africa 212 35.93 286 48.47 92 15.59

The extras factor

South Africa are clearly ahead in his area: they've bowled one no-ball and 17 wides, to Pakistan's eight no-balls and 23 wides.

S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo

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