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.
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 )|
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|
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
|van der Dussen||9||6||0||0||4||0|
|1st Phase total
|van der Dussen||65||34||2||0||24||1|
|2nd Phase total||479||384||30||3||240||7|
|van der Dussen||99||88||6||1||56||0|
|3rd Phase total
|van der Dussen||120||98||1||4||69||3|
|4th Phase total||402||332||20||8||209||11|
|van der Dussen||52||85||5||5||40||1|
|5th Phase total
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|
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|
|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|
|2nd Phase total
|(21-30)||Balls||Runs||wkts||r/o||% mdn||C 4||L 4|
|3rd Phase total
|(31-40)||Balls||runs||wkts||r/o||% mdn||C 4||L 4|
|4th Phase total
|(41-50)||Balls||runs||wkts||r/o||% mdn||C 4||L 4|
|5th phase total
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)–
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)|
All data updated at end of World Cup 2019