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