Largest Margin of Victory in CWC11

Cricinfo divides its largest victories page for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in three sections: Largest victory by runs, by wickets and by balls remaining. This post compares a win secured while batting first (an apple) with another while chasing (an orange)!

Broadcasters can further improve the ad revenue if both sides continue to play the full quota of allocated overs instead of stopping immediately after scoring the winning run. Guess what happens when side batting first collapses and the victor gallops to victory? The game may get over in less than half the scheduled time and panelists in studios are forced to fill the hours. By making the side batting second play it’s full quota, we are able to calculate the victory margin by runs while giving a hand to the ailing economy with increased airtime for organisers.

Ignore the theory above and consider the games played in this world cup. On the Bengaluru pitch, England featured in two of the most thrilling games – a 338 run tie and Irish victory in highest run chase in all world cup matches. The World Cup produced another memorable tie, albeit a low-scoring 213, when England played host instead. So the scoring pattern differs by pitch conditions. Which means it is very difficult to compare the victory margin by runs across different pitches even if the loopy suggestion in earlier paragraph does get implemented. In a limited overs international, whether it is an ODI or a T20 match, number of deliveries remain constant.  And that is how we conclude that victory margin by balls is a better measure.

Whenever team batting second outscores the first, the game is stopped and Victory margin by number of balls remaining is calculated. Side batting first does not know how many runs are enough until the second innings is over. But it is easy to find out, after the result is known, after which delivery the winning run was scored. This is a new measure – ‘Ball Difference‘ (see earlier post for details) that uses actual match data to determine the margin of victory with number of balls remaining after the winning run was scored.

Using above methodology, the three largest victories in the first 19 games are New Zealand beating Kenya (252 balls), West Indies beating Bangladesh (226 balls) and Sri Lanka beating Kenya (188 balls). The next three in the list are secured by sides batting first. These are West Indies beating Netherlands (179 balls), Zimbabwe beating Canada (164 balls) and Pakistan beating Kenya (148 balls).

Ball Difference can also be used as a tiebreaker, replacing the more complex Net Run Rate, to rank teams which finish a round robin league with equal number of points. After 19 games, in Group A, Pakistan (248 balls) leads the table with 6 points followed by three teams tied on 4 points. Sri Lanka (328 balls) leads New Zealand (255 balls) who have played 3 matches but Australia (156 balls) have a game in hand. In Group B, West Indies (362 balls) are ahead of South Africa (181 balls) both having taken 4 points. India (55 balls) and England (3 balls) follow with 3 points each.

Kenya (-589 balls) has the worst record followed by Canada (-403 balls). Netherlands (-325 balls) and Bangladesh (-256 balls) have also suffered heavy defeats. The remaining two teams are Zimbabwe (5 balls) and Ireland (-20 balls).

Check the Alternate Points Table which displays Net Run Rate as well as Ball Difference for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

 

UPDATE : All ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 group matches listed in the decreasing margin of victory.

# Gp TeamA RunsA OversA TeamB RunsB OversB Ball Difference Comments
2 A Ken 69 23.5 NZ 72/0 8 252 New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 252 balls remaining)
19 B Ban 58 18.5 WI 59/1 12.2 226 West Indies won by 9 wickets (with 226 balls remaining)
39 B RSA 284/8 50 Ban 78 28 218 South Africa won by 206 runs (with 218 balls remaining)
14 A Ken 142 43.4 SL 146/1 18.4 188 Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 188 balls remaining)
13 B WI 330/8 50 Ned 115 31.3 179 West Indies won by 215 runs (with 179 balls remaining)
12 A Zim 298/9 50 Can 123 42.1 164 Zimbabwe won by 175 runs (with 164 balls remaining)
6 A Pak 317/7 50 Ken 112 33.1 149 Pakistan won by 205 runs (with 149 balls remaining)
3 A SL 332/7 50 Can 122 36.5 146 Sri Lanka won by 210 runs (with 146 balls remaining)
16 B RSA 351/5 50 Ned 120 34.5 138 South Africa won by 231 runs (with 138 balls remaining)
41 A Zim 308/6 50 Ken 147 36 121 Zimbabwe won by 161 runs (with 121 balls remaining)
34 B RSA 272/7 50 Irl 141 33.2 109 South Africa won by 131 runs (with 109 balls remaining)
26 A SL 327/6 50 Zim 188 39 106 Sri Lanka won by 139 runs (with 106 balls remaining)
18 A Zim 162 46.2 NZ 166/0 33.3 99 New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 99 balls remaining)
8 A NZ 206 45.1 Aus 207/3 34 96 Australia won by 7 wickets (with 96 balls remaining)
17 A Pak 184 43 Can 138 42.5 93 Pakistan won by 46 runs (with 93 balls remaining)
35 A Can 211 45.4 Aus 212/3 34.5 91 Australia won by 7 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)
38 A SL 265/9 50 NZ 153 35 91 Sri Lanka won by 112 runs (with 91 balls remaining)
42 B Ind 268 49.1 WI 188 43 88 India won by 80 runs (with 88 balls remaining)
25 B Ned 189 46.4 Ind 191/5 36.3 81 India won by 5 wickets (with 81 balls remaining)
4 A Aus 262/6 50 Zim 171 43 60 Australia won by 91 runs (with 60 balls remaining)
1 B Ind 370/4 50 Ban 283/9 50 55 India won by 87 runs (with 55 balls remaining)
40 A Aus 176 46.4 Pak 178/6 41 54 Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 54 balls remaining)
32 B Ned 160 46.2 Ban 166/4 41.2 52 Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 52 balls remaining)
7 B WI 222 47.3 RSA 223/3 42.5 43 South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
30 A NZ 358/6 50 Can 261/9 50 42 New Zealand won by 97 runs (with 42 balls remaining)
31 A Aus 324/6 50 Ken 264/6 50 37 Australia won by 60 runs (with 37 balls remaining)
24 A NZ 302/7 50 Pak 192 41.4 32 New Zealand won by 110 runs (with 32 balls remaining)
33 A Zim 151/7 39.4 Pak 164/3 34.1 30.3 Pakistan won by 7 wickets (D/L method) (with equivalent to 30.3 balls remaining over 50 overs)
23 A Ken 198 50 Can 199/5 45.3 27 Canada won by 5 wickets (with 27 balls remaining)
27 B WI 275 50 Irl 231 49 26 West Indies won by 44 runs (with 26 balls remaining)
9 B Ban 205 49.2 Irl 178 45 25 Bangladesh won by 27 runs (with 25 balls remaining)
22 B Irl 207 47.5 Ind 210/5 46 24 India won by 5 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
36 B Eng 243 48.4 WI 225 44.4 16 England won by 18 runs (with 16 balls remaining)
37 B Ned 306 50 Irl 307/4 47.4 14 Ireland won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
5 B Ned 292/6 50 Eng 296/4 48.4 8 England won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
10 A Pak 277/7 50 SL 266/9 50 6 Pakistan won by 11 runs (with 6 balls remaining)
28 B Eng 225 49.4 Ban 227/8 49 6 Bangladesh won by 2 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
15 B Eng 327/8 50 Irl 329/7 49.1 5 Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
21 B Eng 171 45.4 RSA 165 47.4 3 England won by 6 runs (with 3 balls remaining)
29 B Ind 296 48.4 RSA 300/7 49.4 2 South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
11 B Ind 338 49.5 Eng 338/8 50 0 Match tied
20 A SL 146/3 32.5 Aus 0 No result

 

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