A look at both team’s performance in batting. Their role play in each batting position, the amount of overs they spend at the crease. These stats are not balls faced by each batsmen but time spend (in score –end score)at the crease.
The top order did extremely well for both teams. For SA Elgar, Amla scored centuries at the top and Duminy batting at No. 8 scored unbeaten 100*. Overall there were 3 centuries and 3 fifties in 2 Test series.
For Sri Lanka there were only 1 century, but 7 fifties scored. Their captain Angelo Mathews scored the most runs in either side. In 4 inns he scored 242, featuring 2 x50s. Since becoming their captain his batting average is 84.85, featuring 3 centuries, 6 fifties in 20 inns…and yet to get out for a duck(one Under-10 score) as a skipper!.
Below is combine batting order of both teams. In this graphic it clearly shows domination of No.2, 3, 4, & 5.
Here is a table which includes no. of overs they spend at the crease. Although lower order batsmen from both teams could not generate same amount of runs as their top order, nevertheless they spend enough time at crease and not allowing their opponents to bowl them out!.
Hence not surprised by series result 1-0 favoring S A. I believed teams were well balanced irrespective who were in playing XI.
For South Africa it was Duminy spending 90 overs at the crease in this series, Phillander 71 overs(31 overs in 2nd inn/2nd Test), and surprisingly Morne Morkel spending 28 overs at the crease!.
For Sri Lanka similar performance by their captain Mathews, spending 144 overs at the crease, Herath 44 overs, and in 2nd Test it was their debutant keeper Dickwella spending 40 overs in 1st inns.
For me this was the hallmark of the series. The role play!.
Here is how batting order of both sides played their role in scoring runs and occupying the crease in 2 Tests.
|Bat No.||Runs||Roleplay(runs)||Overs @crease *|
*over @crease: In score – out score.
Role play for Top batsmen for SA
Role play for Top batsmen for SL
Here is a link to meaning of all indicators/formula – http://allthatcricket.com/?p=1489