Women's World Cup 2009 March 24, 2009

Spinners thrive, minnows flounder, sixes flow

Cricinfo staff
The Women's World Cup witnessed several statistical highlights. Cricinfo looks at some of the interesting numbers from the tournament

The Women's World Cup witnessed several statistical highlights. Cricinfo looks at some of the interesting numbers from the tournament.

4

England women beat New Zealand women by four wickets, the second-closest margin of victory in terms of wickets left in a women's World Cup final. Australia women beat England by three wickets in 1982. The closest final in terms of runs was played in 2000, when New Zealand beat Australia by four runs.

223

The fifth-highest margin of victory in terms of runs in a women's World Cup. Pakistan were bowled out for 150, in response to a mammoth 373 for 6 - the third-highest total in the tournament's history - posted by New Zealand in their Super Six match in Sydney. Pakistan were also at the receiving end of the biggest defeat in women's ODIs, against New Zealand in 1997 in Christchurch, where they lost by 408 runs.

262

Suzie Bates and Haidee Tiffen were involved in the second-highest partnership in women's ODIs, and the highest in a women's World Cup. The stand - in the Super Six match against Pakistan - set up a massive win

8.6

Fast bowlers conceded almost nine runs more per wicket on average than spinners in this tournament. Of the 316 wickets to fall, fast bowlers bagged 148, while spinners finished with 151. However, their averages mark out who were more effective: spinners averaged 20.78, and fast bowlers 29.40

21.53

The average runs-per-wicket in the tournament. However, England exceeded that mark by a significant margin, averaging 35.02 each wicket. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa were largely responsible for the relatively low overall average, pricing each wicket at under 15.

13

Of the 25 matches in this tournament, 13 were won by the side batting first. The side winning the toss opted to bat on 17 occasions, but won only eight of these games.

1.88

West Indies limped to 84 all out in 44.4 overs against India in Sydney, scoring at the lowest run-rate in this World Cup in a completed innings. The lowest run-rate in a completed innings in a women's ODI is 0.73, when Netherlands ground out 54.2 overs to reach 40 all out against New Zealand in 1993.

11

In 30 completed innings in the tournament, sides managed to score 200 or more on 11 occasions. The side batting second managed to score 200 or more only twice, and successfully chased a 200-plus target once.

32.10

The average runs per wicket for the second wicket, which was the highest partnership among all wickets. Only the first two wickets managed over 30 runs on average, while the others struggled. The last six wickets didn't go past 20. The figures for the second wicket received a massive boost as a result of the 262-run stand between Bates and Tiffen against Pakistan.

47

The number of sixes hit in the tournament - the highest for any women's World Cup. The figure marks a stark contrast to the 15 sixes hit in the previous World Cup in South Africa, and eight in New Zealand in 2000-01 where more matches were played. In a match that witnessed several records being broken, the New Zealand batsmen struck nine sixes against Pakistan, the highest in an innings in women's cricket.