Hardik Pandya's brilliant all-round performance handed Mumbai Indians' their 100th victory in the IPL. He smashed 25 off 8 deliveries to boost the total to 170 and then claimed three wickets at economy of 5 with the ball. Pandya was clearly the stand-out player of the match, but ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats puts a number to it, and shows how Pandya's performance was even more impactful in the context of the game than his already-impressive numbers suggest.
Pandya's Smart Runs were 39, which is 14 more than what he scored. His Smart Strike rate was a whopping 487.50. Smart Stats take into account the quality of the opposition bowlers, the situation of the match and the scoring rate. Pandya arrived when the scoring rate was 6.72 and his team was four-down. His innings boosted the end-of-innings run rate to 8.50. With the ball, Pandya's Smart Economy was just 1.75 and the Smart Runs conceded were seven, which is 13 runs less than actual 20 he gave. That turns out to be the best all-round performance in this IPL so far.
In terms of contribution to the match, Pandya's was the highest - 20.1% - followed by Jason Behrendorff's 14.3% and Suryakumar Yadav 12.5%. The contribution percentages are calculated by combining the batting and bowling efforts of all players in the game. That means a fifth of the total contributions by all the players in the game came from Hardik Pandya. That, in a nutshell, illustrates his impact on the match.
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