A player contributes extremely well with both and bat yet finishes on the losing side. Well in a team game individual heroics may not always lead to a win but why does the player fail to be awarded Man of the Match as a consolation? MotM is not necessarily awarded for being the best performer but an attempt should be made to quantify ‘who did how much’ in a cricket match. Yuvraj Singh scored 21.6 points out of 100, significantly outperforming James Faulkner who collected 11.9 points for his all-round display. Steve Smith scored more runs than James at a very similar strike rate so his batting performance is numerically better with 9 points compared to 8.8 by Faulkner. These three performances seen on the left hand side of above chart where grey shades depict a player in losing team.
It means that the blue bars represent victorious side. It is common to end on winning side when one player scores more than 20 points. Glenn Maxwell scored 95 in 43 balls which amounted to 26.5 points in a big win. The margin of victory was 43 (out of 120) balls displayed in red at top right corner. A batsman will certainly fetch a lot of points by scoring plenty of runs in less than half the balls. But the amount will depend on relative performance by others involved. Maxwell has become the top performer in IPL 2014 till date by scoring 95 runs in about 1/3rd of total scheduled balls in the match where entire opposition contributed only 121 runs.
So how good is 95(43) in a different situation? Well, Maxwell to the rescue. A few days earlier in the 3rd match of the season, he did exactly that while chasing 205. This time he gets only 15.7 points for scoring same number of runs at the same strike rate. Since the Ball Difference was a much lower 7 in this case compared to 43, the total points for his team Punjab were 53.02 out of 100. This information is presented in the third row of the chart.
Maxwell may have scored 90 or more twice, surely he can’t do it a third time? Looks like he can! In the return encounter, Chennai bowled first and Maxwell blasted another 90 in 38 against the Super Kings to earn 14.2 points. But the final tally of 231 included a late burst by Bailey who scored 40(13). Is there a way to quantify their relative performance? Glenn scored 40.7% runs in 31.7% balls whereas George scored 18.1 in 10.8. Obviously, more points for more runs which should form the base value. And then a bonus based on higher strike rate. In this case, Maxwell earns 47.8% of batting points vis-a-vis 24.4 by Bailey. The winning margin of 12 was higher this time. There were more batting points to share out of 29.63, a number displayed in fourth line. But two more players Miller – 47(32) and Sehwag – 30(23) also did relatively well. That means batting points for these four – Maxwell 14.2, Bailey 7.2, Miller 4.5 & Sehwag 2.3.
Enough about Maxwell. Or perhaps not. In the 7th match against Rajasthan he scored 47% runs in 38% balls which indicates that he deserves a little more than 14.2 from the earlier mentioned performances. Total batting points are 28.08; lower than earlier match, but his share is 54% this time not 48%. That fetches him 15.2 points, It is clear that more runs do not mean more batting points. The margin of victory (or defeat) and relative performances matter in this zero sum game.
It is a batsman’s game where one can carry on after playing 24 balls. Can bowlers score as many points? Of course not. The points are split more evenly, generally between 5 main bowlers. But the bowling unit can get more points collectively if the opposition is dismissed cheaply in a straightforward win. In the 14th game Royals dismissed Challengers for 70. Batsman neither squandered the chance nor galloped to the target, reaching 71 in 13 overs. This was a very big win by a margin of 42 balls. And the credit goes to the bowling unit who collect 44.35 points out of 67.65 for the team. See the fifth row in the chart for team bowling points. Pravin Tambe picked up 4 wickets for 20 runs for the best performance by a bowler so far this season for which he gets 13.8 points. But Shane Watson who scored 24 in 24 and took a wicket for 5 runs in 2 overs manages to become the top performer of the match. The first bar represents his exploits where deeper blue represents batting and lighter shade is for bowling.
In the very next match, Sandeep Sharma did as well. Bowlers led Batsmen 38.62 – 22.76. Sandeep bowled his full quota conceding 21 runs to pick up 3 wickets. Akshar Patel joined him with figures of 4-16-2 – better economy but one less wicket. Independently Sharma picked up his wickets before Patel. This means that the second best bowling performance is worth 12.62 points compared to 9.86 by Patel. Patel scored 7 in 10 and took a catch as well. The second bar for Akshar in the chart shows three components – where the top deep blue hat represents 0.16 points for his fielding.
In another victory for bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar leads the pack in defending 134. His figures of 4-14-4 are the third best. He gets 12.58 not far behind 12.62 by Sharma. He found support in Dale Steyn – 6.47 for 4-31-2, Karan Sharma – 6.07 for 4-20-1, Moises Henriques – 4.41 for 2-11-1 and Amit Mishra – 4.23 for 4-13-0. It is a toss-up between economy and wickets. A different set of weights may change the outcome somewhat. So I am content, but not fully satisfied, with the results at this point.
Every chart displays match summary in the title field. For game 19, it is – RR 152/5(20 ovs); kkr 152/8(20 ovs). Rajasthan won the one-over eliminator in this tied match. This extra information is not provided in the chart directly. The lower case used for team acronym in match summary provides this information indirectly. Also notice team names in second row where winning team always appears in the left column. 50 Team points each in a tied game and batting points always equal bowling points for both sides. Not unlike the very first chart, Shakib Al Hasan is the top performer in a grey shaded bar. Unlike Yuvraj SIngh his team did not lose the match. But a bowl-out or equivalent has always been a part of every tied T20 match. This fact is recognised by appropriately colouring the bars but not acted upon by awarding more team points to the victorious team.
A match need not end in a tie to finish on the very last ball. Team batting second could score the winning run on the very last scheduled delivery or team batting first may win by a margin that is less than the runs scored off the last delivery faced. In match #12, Aaron Finch scored a SIX of the last ball which Hyderabad eventually won by 4 runs. In such cases Ball Difference is 0 but the winning team always gets credit for scoring the extra run. Delhi Daredevils lose out to Sunrisers 49.86 – 50.14 in this case.
That brings us to the final paragraph – an interrupted match resolved by D/L method in the return fixture between same sides. This time, Daredevils batted first for entire 20 overs to score 143. Sunrisers were given a target of 43 in 5 overs. Naman Ojha scored 1, 6 & 6 in the 3 deliveries faced contributing 40% runs in 12% balls. That amounts to 12.37 points for a very short innings because always 100 points are split in result matches irrespective of overs bowled. Since batting and bowling sides of same team play different number of overs, the team points are split accordingly. For Sunrisers who bowled for entire 20 overs, bowlers get 36.35 points compared to 19.57 by batting unit. Similarly, 28,03 points awarded to Delhi batting unit compared to 15.09 for its bowlers. One last point, a summary of each player’s performance appears in red within each bar. Thus each image provides value added information from a scorecard – something that will fit in a tweet! https://twitter.com/MilPand/status/466618475965071360