21 Feb / 2020(602)….Year 2020 : Countdown to T20WC

Counting back to back boundaries ….and 3 successive dot balls over in the year 2020!.

I reckon Twenty 20 Cricket would be very fascinating this year, as we would see both batting and bowling excel in different times!.

The 3-match South Africa v Australia series is to be concluded in Cape Town today(26th Feb 2020) with both teams winning one each. In terms of boundary hitting and big score this series has been nothing compared to preceding series South Africa played against England.

It was boundary fest for both teams. The series run-rate was @ 10.13 /over and on average sixes were par with fours, i.e for every two 4s there is one 6 hit. I guess its matter of ball flying over the reduced size grounds!.

The SA v/s ENG  series featured 104 fours and 46 sixes. On average 1 boundary per over in this series and 1 six every 15 balls, and not surprisingly every 3rd over they would have successive boundaries scored. In the last innings(England chase) had 2 boundaries/over.

On the other hand the ongoing SA v/ Aus series has been low on both counts, i.e only 46 fours and 17 sixes in 4 inns played.

Overall trend this year is very similar to these two series played in South Africa, either it is filled with boundaries and big scores or mid scores for teams.

However the Twenty 20 World Cup is played in Australia where grounds generally are bigger (Melbourne, Gabba and Sydney) than other countries, and i hope they don’t reduce those boundaries!. The concluded BBL season is a great template to understand how teams can perform on these pitches.

The format is group based so teams will have some constrain in their power hitting freedom. Hence the squad will based on that, therefore teams like England, India, Australia, WI, and SA  will have heavy artillery at top.

Here is a brief of how series was played this year. This features two new indicators.

  • back to back boundaries
  • 3 successive dot balls or we can also term this as 2 consecutive dot balls. I believe dot balls are only important if they are bowled successively, hence picked 3 successive ones!. 

All data updated at end of 2nd T20I SA v Aus.

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