24 Jul / 2019(572)…CWC2019 Team Review-South Africa

 South Africa Performance Review

 

 

A shocking performance by South Africa!.

 When Imran Tahir picked Johnny Bairstow in the very first over of the World Cup, one wondered “wow” what a start by South Africa!.

This became the best tactical move in this World Cup. Teams started using same formula- viz spinners opening the bowling against England opening batsmen. Teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India  and New Zealand opened their bowling with spin against England with some success.

However South Africa were not able to capitalise with that start – as England fought back and posted a defendable total (311) to win the match very easily.

Since that match South Africa’s performed ordinarily, not the usual aggressive approach. They started losing to teams they generally would win against, teams like New Zealand, Bangladesh, Pakistan and also to India.

It was only in their tournament’s last game against Australia, they were able to produce glimpse of their “A-game” !!.

Like Pakistan It was their bowling that led them down. They too were not able to pick 10 wkts regularly ( 7.62 per match)In 8 complete games only thrice they picked 10 wickets, and interestingly four times teams were able to post > 300 score against them. That reflects their bowling performance. This is a rare feat, because in 10 previous matches played this year, only once teams was able to score > 300 against South Africa!.

A year prior to WC – there was news in how South Africa was preparing themselves for this WC. After every series their coach was expressing how they have improved in certain department, and are getting their right squad!.

However their game plan did not materialize from their squad they picked. They were depended on experienced players like De Kock, Amla Steyn and Du Plessis to perform consistently. Disappointingly Steyn got injured and never played a single game in the WC. Amla too had minor injury and was out of form. This left De Kock and Du Plessis to build decent score. The bowling attack didn’t have a leader, although they can be the most hostile bunch of bowlers.

 

Statistical Analysis

ODIs – 9

Won -3 (SL, AFG, AUS)

Lost 5 (ENG, NZ, IND,BAN, PAK)

ABD- 1 (WI)

 

KPI comparison of (WC-2019) v/s Recent(pre WC -2019)

 

The most glaring stats below is last row- % 6 RPO.

A shocking performance for South African bowlers as they 41% of their overs went for 6 or more runs. In comparison with pre-WC when it was only 8.58!!.

World Cup 2019   Pre World Cup (in 2019 )
Batting Bowling Indicators Batting Bowling
37.19 33.89 Avg 48.98 27.62
5.34 5.42 R/o 5.49 5.00
41.81 37.51 St. Rate 53.53 33.12
49.72 47.29 Scoring Rate 50.10 45.53
8.37 10.14 Boundary rate 10.54 8.58
47.19 46.67 L 4 43.09 36.71
39.47

40.90

6 + 13.70

8.58

 

 

10-over phases

Batting

Here is a 10-over breakdown on their batting and bowling progress. Featuring 6 indicators, including exclusively 6 plus R/o for batting and L 4(4 or less R/o) for bowling.

In this World Cup South African was ordinary most times.

Batting Wkts Avg R/O St.Rate Scoring Rate Boundary rate % 6 + R/o % < =4 R/o
(0-10) 10 39.70 4.54 52.50 33.90 10.67 36.57 57.14
(11-20) 7 57.57 5.05 68.43 50.10 6.89 35.07 45.09
(21-30) 9 45.33 5.18 52.56 55.39 6.13 31.71 49.47
(31-40) 11 32.45 5.33 36.55 51.99 6.97 37.31 49.25
(41-50) 15 24.60 7.51 19.67 65.08 12.20 67.12 26.44

 

Shockingly out of 31 centuries scored in this WC, South Africa had only one centurion!. Their captain scored that in their last game against Australia, and he also happened to be their highest run-scorer(387) in this WC.  Interestingly apart from Afghanistan(none) every other team had at least centurions!.

De Kock modest form as an opener can now becoming a worrying factor for South Africa. In 9 inns only twice he batted beyond the 20th over and his highest score being 68, one of 3 scores of 50 plus.

 

Batsmen in phases

(0-10) Balls Runs  4s 6s Scoring shots Wkts
De Kock 212 157 21 0 81 4
Amla 118 81 12 0 35 3
Markram 80 76 13 1 30 2
Du Plessis 106 63 9 0 28 1
van der Dussen 9 6 0 0 4 0
1st Phase total
525 383 55 1 178 10

 

 

(11-20) Balls Runs  4s 6s Scoring shots Wkts
Du Plessis 151 137 13 0 84 2
De Kock 121 127 11 3 66 2
Amla 83 57 3 0 40 0
van der Dussen 65 34 2 0 24 1
Markram 55 27 1 0 24 2
2nd Phase total 479 384 30 3 240 7

 

(21-30) Balls Runs  4s 6s Scoring shots Wkts
Du Plessis 108 105 6 2 66 2
van der Dussen 99 88 6 1 56 0
Phehlukwayo 55 46 5 1 24 0
Miller 51 44 1 0 38 0
Amla 77 42 1 0 38 1
Markram 42 31 2 0 22 1
De Kock 17 21 2 1 9 2
Duminy 22 11 1 0 8 2
3rd Phase total
473 389 24 5 262 9

 

(31-40) Balls Runs  4s 6s Scoring shots Wkts
van der Dussen 120 98 1 4 69 3
Du Plessis 56 74 8 2 37 0
Miller 81 65 5 0 45 2
Phehlukwayo 52 29 3 1 14 2
Amla 35 23 0 0 19 1
Rabada 20 12 2 0 6 1
C Morris 10 11 0 0 8 0
Duminy 13 8 0 0 7 0
4th Phase total 402 332 20 8 209 11

 

(41-50) Balls Runs  4s 6s Scoring shots Wkts
van der Dussen 52 85 5 5 40 1
C Morris 51 63 4 3 33 3
Phehlukwayo 49 59 8 0 31 2
Duminy 37 51 5 0 32 2
Rabada 49 45 2 1 27 1
Miller 21 25 2 1 13 2
Tahir 15 11 0 0 7 1
5th Phase total
295 350 26 10 192 15

 

Bowling

South Africa’s bowling lacked penetration and accuracy. The % of 6 + runs /over(2nd last column below) kept on increasing and never went down. This was not the case in their recent performance earlier this year, when they bowled brilliantly!  (See KPI table above).

 

Bowling Wkts Avg R/O St.Rate Scoring Rate Boundary rate % 6 + R/o % < =4 R/o
(0-10) 9 46.00 5.08 54.33 35.58 12.27 38.04 46.63
(11-20) 11 30.91 4.24 43.73 40.54 7.69 29.94 64.86
(21-30) 10 36.90 4.61 48.00 45.63 7.29 33.75 52.50
(31-40) 11 40.27 5.97 40.45 51.91 11.01 51.24 37.75
(41-50) 20 25.05 7.65 19.65 66.92 12.98 54.96 27.48

Dale Steyn was ruled out after their game against England. This was the major reason for their lack of penetration, accuracy and most importantly leadership. Styen is a fantastic bowling leader. Bowlers like Rabada, Morris and Phillander before that learned lot from him. However this squad was filled with experienced batsmen, and raw young fast bowlers who played less ODI cricket.

Bowlers like Pretorius, Phehlukwayo, Ngidi and B Hendricks have very little knowledge in how to bowl in these English condition. These grounds provided enough help for bowlers at initial stages of innings, and if weather is cloudy then movement in air and off surface can be obtained. If you look at team’s phases table above…bowlers conceded more runs and boundaries then their batsmen.

  Bowlers in phases

(0-10)   Balls  runs wkts r/o % mdn C 4 L 4
Rabada 216 171 4 4.75 2.78 22.22 47.22
Pretorius 35 26 2 4.46 17.14 0.00 51.43
Tahir 42 33 2 4.71 0.00 0.00 71.43
Phehlukwayo 12 5 1 2.50 50.00 0.00 50.00
B Hendricks 30 25 0 5.00 20.00 40.00 40.00
C Morris 54 37 0 4.11 11.11 44.44 55.56
Ngidi 90 108 0 7.20 0.00 20.00 33.33
1st Phase total 479 405 9 5.07 6.26 21.29 47.60

 

(11-20)   Balls  Runs wkts r/o % mdn C 4 L 4
C Morris 126 90 4 4.29 4.76 42.86 61.90
Phehlukwayo 145 105 3 4.34 41.38
Pretorius 59 46 1 4.68 30.51
Rabada 30 19 1 3.80 40.00 100.00
Tahir 85 51 1 3.60 35.29 100.00
Markram 12 14 0 7.00 0.00
Ngidi 12 6 0 3.00 50.00
Shamsi 12 5 0 2.50 100.00
2nd Phase total
481 336 10 4.19 1.25 39.92 64.86

 

(21-30)   Balls  Runs wkts r/o % mdn C 4 L 4
Tahir 144 96 4 4.00 0 37.50
Phehlukwayo 60 42 2 4.20 10 40.00
C Morris 54 39 1 4.33 22.22 22.22
Markram 36 23 1 3.83 0 33.33
Pretorius 18 1 1 0.33 66.66 66.67
Rabada 48 43 1 5.38 0 0.00
Duminy 36 37 0 6.17 0 0.00
Ngidi 36 37 0 6.17 16.66 33.33
Shamsi 48 45 0 5.63 0 25.00
3rd Phase total
480 363 10 4.54 7.5 28.75

 

(31-40)   Balls  runs wkts r/o % mdn C 4 L 4
C Morris 79 84 4 6.38 7.594937 15.19 75.00
Tahir 120 117 4 5.85 0 10.00 50.00
Duminy 24 22 1 5.50 25 0.00 0.00
Pretorius 24 21 1 5.25 25 0.00 100.00
Rabada 78 58 1 4.46 15.38 15.38 0.00
Markram 24 39 9.75
Ngidi 12 9 4.50
Phehlukwayo 60 57 5.70 20.00
Shamsi 24 31 7.75 25.00
4th Phase total
445 438 11 5.91 6.74 12.13 54.55

 

(41-50)   Balls  runs wkts r/o % mdn C 4 L 4
Ngidi 48 51 7 6.38 0.00 28.57
Phehlukwayo 96 127 5 7.94 6.25 60.00
C Morris 69 93 4 8.09 17.39 50.00
Rabada 90 106 4 7.07 6.67 25.00
Shamsi 24 35 0 8.75 0.00
Tahir 66 77 0 7.00 27.27
5th phase total
393 489 20 7.47 10.69 40.00

 

 

Partnerships Avg(Bat v Bowl) with No.century stands(in bracket)

Batting Partnerships –

It is an interestingly partnership table they have here. A good consistent partnership on top, yet only twice they reached 300 plus score and only thrice 250 plus. Suggesting they would get a decent but slow start with their captain batting deep into the innings. However never able to launch in the end for a big score.

1st bat scores (complete match)–

227 –lost

241- lost

325 – won

2nd bat score(Chasing Targets)

312 (207 all out) –lost

331 (309 all out) – lost

127 (achieved) – won

309(259 all out) –lost

204 (achieved)  – won

 

Batting Partnerships against South Africa  –

Like Pakistan bowling teams were able to post decent partnerships at the top. Although South Africa possessed a decent bowling attack, but they lacked leadership. Perhaps they should have given the mettle to K Rabada after Styen was ruled out of World Cup due to injury.

Teams were able to post big opening stand consistently which provided them large totals!. These partnerships were in middle and lower order.

Batting WC – Partnerships v/s South Africa
37.11 (1) 1st wkt 34.75
51.67  (1) 2nd wkt 36.13 (1)
57.14 (1) 3rd wkt 47.63 (1)
26.33 4th wkt 40.88 (1)
30.67 5th wkt 39.50 (1)
19.00 6th wkt 36.00
22.40 7th wkt 12.86
27.00 8th wkt 17.80
11.50 9th wkt 9.00
4.33 10th wkt 4.50

All data updated at end of World Cup 2019

 

 

 

2 Responses to (572)…CWC2019 Team Review-South Africa

  1. Really insightful and well-written article. Again thanks for your reviews and will definitely be back for some tips and tricks.

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