Stats Analysis

Guptill's run-filled year, and Pakistan's boundary drought

Stats highlights from the World T20 match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Mohali

Bharath Seervi

Firing at the top: Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have been prolific as an opening pair  •  ESPNcricinfo Ltd

10 Partnerships of 50 or more between Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill in T20Is, the most between any pair. They went past David Warner and Shane Watson who had nine such stands in 37 innings, compared to just 18 innings for the Guptill-Williamson pair. No other pair has more than six such stands. Out of ten such stands in 18 innings, eight have come in the last ten times they have batted together - all when opening. Against Pakistan, they have shared partnerships of 171* in Hamilton and 57 in Wellington before adding 62 in this match. They have the second-most partnership runs by a pair (995) at an average of 58.52.
174.53 Guptill's strike rate in T20Is in 2016 - the best among 60 batsmen who have faced 100 or more balls. He has never scored at such a rate in any calendar year. In 2014, he had a strike rate of just 97.22 in seven innings and 142.42 in four innings in 2015. His average of 53.85 is third-best among 200-plus run-scorers behind Virat Kohli (107.50) and Hashim Amla (83.66). He has also hit the joint-most sixes as well this year.
66 Runs scored by Pakistan in the Powerplay, which is the most for them in a World T20 and joint-most in all T20Is against top-eight teams. They had the same amount of runs against England in Bristol in 2006. They have scored more than this three times - twice against Zimbabwe (72 and 71) and once against Bangladesh (61).
0 Boundaries hit by Pakistan in the last five overs, when the required run rate was 11.60. They scored just 35 and lost the game by 22 runs. This is only the fourth instance of a team not scoring any boundary in the last five overs (16th to 20th) having played all those overs while chasing. The previous three instances were: Sri Lanka against New Zealand at Colombo in 2009, England against Pakistan in Dubai in 2012 and Zimbabwe against Bangladesh in Bulawayo in 2013. Pakistan had hit 10 fours and a six in their first five overs, and four fours and a six in the next ten overs.
7 Man-of-the-Match awards for Guptill in T20Is - joint-most for New Zealand in T20Is with Brendon McCullum. Guptill has got those in 60 matches compared to McCullum's 71. This was the first for Guptill in 20 World T20 matches.
376 Runs accumulated by Guptill in T20Is against Pakistan - third most by a batsman against any opposition in T20Is. Guptill has also scored 424 runs against South Africa, while JP Duminy comes second with 378 against Australia. Guptill's runs against Pakistan have come in 12 innings at an average of 34.18 and strike rate of 144.61. His 80 in this match was his third half-century against them. He had made unbeaten 87 and 42 in his previous two innings against them.
188.00 Sharjeel Khan's strike rate in his 25-ball 47, which is the second highest by a Pakistan batsman in a World T20, after batting 25 or more balls. Only Imran Nazir's 36-ball 72 had a higher strike rate (200).
10 T20Is for Pakistan without an opening stand of 50 or more, before Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad added 65 in this game. Their last such stand came against England in Dubai in November 2015 when Ahmed Shehzad and Rafatullah Mohmand shared a 51-run stand.
39 Wickets for Shahid Afridi in World T20 matches in 33 innings - most by any bowler in the tournament's history. He overtook Lasith Malinga's tally of 38 wickets in 31 innings. He is already the highest wicket-taker in all T20Is with 97 scalps in as many matches.
10.25 Mohammad Amir's economy in this match, which is his worst in a T20I when bowling all his four overs, and the third-worst overall.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath