This is a Champions League T20 “Who Did How Much?” post on the lines of the introductory post published during IPL 2014. All the key points about understanding the chart which depicts player batting, bowling & fielding performance in a T20 match are covered in that post.

The first match of this tournament was won by KKR with 6 balls in hand. This post will summarise all player contributions through a single image. Successful 160 odd runs chase is deemed as a match won by batting unit. So KKR gets more batting points (27.36) compared to bowling points (24.76). Russell’s 58 in 25 balls is worth 13.8 points which is more than half the batting points available. He also earns nominal 0.5 points (out of the team total of 24.76 points) for his single over that cost his team 12 runs. Sunil Narine was the best bowler and overall the next best performer who kept CSK quiet by conceding only 9 runs. Nehra picked up 3 early wickets and a late one but did not get enough support. Despite appearing on losing side his spell of 4 wkts conceding 21 is worth nearly the same (8.56) as Narine (8.61). That is the purpose of this analysis – an attempt to quantify the contribution in each discipline by all the players such that the total adds up to 100 points for a completed match. Ryan ten Doeschate who kept KKR in the hunt with 51 runs off 41 balls is fourth in the list. Chawla and Dhoni are not too far behind with nearly 8 points apiece. At the other end, Pandey does not get any point for his duck which is fairly obvious. Later we will find out how slow batting and expensive bowing also results in NIL points.

This is a comfortable win with 14 balls remaining which results in nearly 56-44 split. Perera is the top performer with nearly the same number of points as Russell (from Match 1). But this is a balanced performance with bat and ball. He picked up 2 wkts for 17 runs in his 3 overs. At 77/5 after 10.5 overs, his team was in trouble but his assured 35 in 20 balls in partnership with Bailey resulted in a comfortable win. He gets about 9 points for his batting compared to 11 by Maxwell (43 in 25). Akshar Patel’s spell of 4-20-1 is worth 6.5 points which is nearly equal to 6.7 points for Bailey who scored 34 runs in 27 balls. This is an example of determining near equal contributions from two independent disciplines.

Third match was interrupted by rain. Williamson’s 101(49) is worth nearly 57% of the total batting points for his team. Cobra’s needed about 3 runs an over when the tie was resolved using D/L. The loss by 33 runs at that stage results in a big victory for Knights who earned nearly 72 points. Losing team bowled entire quota of overs but faced fewer overs. Hence bulk of the 28 points are allocated to bowling side. A similar split in overs faced vs overs bowled results in far more batting points for the Knights compared to bowling. Proportionally reducing the total number of points for an interrupted match will reduce the anomaly of awarding far too many points to a single player. Only 44 balls were bowled during the chase. Kuggeleijn’s sole over costing 11 runs despite a wicket is worth NOTHING because others restricted the scoring to 32 runs in 38 balls. This is an example of how a bowler is not assured of any points as a result of conceding too many runs.

Fourth match went the distance with the winning stroke scored off the last delivery. It means the Ball Difference is 0 which is the boundary condition. That condition means that, irrespective of scores, the batting and bowling units always get exactly half the nearly 50 points. Scorchers get an extra 0.15 points out of 100 for scoring that extra winning run after facing equal number of deliveries. 3 players earned more than 8 points. Marsh was declared the Man of the Match for scoring 40(26) and above average bowling spell of 3-21-0. Zondo appears on the losing side despite scoring 63(50). Frylinck scored quick 15(6) during death overs and completed his quota of 4 overs conceding about par 32 runs while picking up a wicket.

In the fifth match, Punjab posted their second win which was much closer this time with only 2 balls in hand. It means that points are split around 51-49 mark and no player manages to get 10 or more points. Miller was awarded MotM but quantitatively he is only the 5th best performer. Tridents did very well to score 174 on the back of two strong batting performances but their death bowling was poor. Patel did extremely well to score 20 in the penultimate over swinging the match in favour of Kings XI. He also bowled his entire quota which fetches him a nominal 2.5 bowling points. In a match where no single player stands out, his collective batting/bowling figures make him the best performer on the winning side. Unlike Patel, Mendis bowled well to finish his quota but the death bowling undid his effort. Note 0 batting points for Chigumbura 3(5) and Bailey 7(11) – an example of below par above-zero scores that still result in no batting points.

Hurricanes won with an over to spare in the sixth match thanks to Blizzard. The match would have been closer had Blizzard departed in 18th over after his 50. But the Philander no-ball which spared him was punished by his SIX on the free-hit that turned the tide. His 78(48) was ably supported by Dunk who scored 54(35). Engelbrecht bowled well and Philander batted well for Cobras. Peterson chipped in with a decent all-round performance for the losing side.

KKR were 100/0 and cruising, were then reduced to 147/6 but hung on to win by 3 balls. Lions did not field well which means the assured knock by Shehzad earning about 12 points was wasted. Gambhir batted well at the top of the chase but it was Narine who followed his 9/1 in the first match with 9/3 in this one. Quantitatively his superb bowling performance is only as good as Gambhir’s batting. In the limited overs format, the best bowler does not have the liberty of bowling more than 20% overs. Hence the total points available to a very good bowler gets shared by 4 others especially if the collective bowling effort is not decisive. A batsman in form can bat until the end with no restriction on number of balls faced. Therefore batsmen score higher number of points with an exceptional performance. The opposite is true in Test matches. Generally 4 bowlers share available bowling points while earning some points for their batting. A very good spell will earn plenty of bowling points if the number of overs bowled is not restricted.

Match 8 : CSK 242/6(20 ovs); dol 188(20 ovs)

Raina scored 90 in 43 balls in a big 26 ball win which results in a nearly 61-38 match in favour of CSK. Raina’s batting performance is deemed worth 25% of total team contribution which meane he gets 15.38 points. How does it compare with Jadeja’s 40(14) who scored 44.44% of his runs but in 33.33% of deliveries faced by Raina? Well it has to be worth at least 44.44% points of the batting points i.e. 6.83 with a bonus for scoring even quicker. That bonus is worth about 10% resulting in 8.31 batting points for Jadeja. Mohit Sharma’s spell of 4-41-4 is deemed better than McCullum’s 49(29). Mohit outscores Brendon 7.2 – 6.76. Bravo’s all-round effort places him between these two. Delport’s brisk 34(9) at the top of chase is worth 17% of his total team contribution. Since his side fell sufficiently short, Delport’s total batting points (6.69) are lower despiteJadeja contributing a lower 14% towards his team.

Match 9: HOB 178/3(20 ovs); nk 92(16.4 ovs)

This is a comprehensive win for Hurricanes where both the batting and bowling units contribute towards the final winning margin – an above par score of 178 batting first followed by an exceptional bowling performance to bowl the opposition for 92. This match provides a nice opportunity to compare player specific values. Styris pipping Hilfenhaus – how can it be explained? Hilfenhaus took 3 wickets (at 2.4, 2.5 & 6.4 ov) and conceded only 14 runs after bowling his full quota. That is worth 20% of team performance resulting in a very high score of 12.9 points. Styris was required to both bat and bowl. With winners outperforming in either discipline, Styris is deemed to have faced better bowling and batting. Only Styris and Southee contributed meaningfully fo Knights. 7 of the 11 batsmen get NIL points as Watling and Mitchell join them in scoring batting points. Paine 43(34) on winning side and Styris 37(27) on losing side are comparable. Paine scored 6 more runs facing 7 more deliveries while facing inferior bowling attack. Quantifying – Styris beats Paine 8.90 – 6.69. On the bowling front, Styris, Sodhi & Southee completed their quota with similar above par figures whereas Kuggeleijn and Boult brothers underperformed. This time we will compare Styris using Bollinger’s figures. Styris did not take any wicket conceding 7 runs an over in a match where winners scored above 8. Bollinger picked three wickets off the last 4 balls of his spell conceding over 8 runs against an inferior batting side. Numerically Bollinger leads Styris 5.37 – 4.23. Effectively 2.4-22-3 is not deemed significantly better than 4-28-0 taking match context into account. Mennie’s 3-10-2 is also rated above Doherty’s 4-17-2 by 8.07 – 7.58.

Match 10: per 151/7(20 ovs); KKR 153/7(19.4 ovs)

Man of the Match was awarded to Kuldeep Yadav for his spell of 4-24-3. Narine picked 4 wkts for 31 runs. Conventionally 4 wickets is ranked higher than 3 wickets. But here we rank Yadav(8.55) ahead of Narine(6.88) because his spell was more economical and Narine got bulk of his wickets at the death unlike Yadav who picked his wickets after deliveries 8.6, 11.5 & 16.1 ov.

Match 11 was abandoned.

Match 12: bt 174/8(20 ovs); COB 174/5(20 ovs)

This tied match was won by Cobras who settled it in superover. Cobras were cruising before digging a hole when Engelbrecht scored 11 of 12 in the last over to tie the match. He followed this by protecting 11 runs in superover. Carter was the top performer with 111(68). Requiring 3 to win off the last ball, Engelbrecht faced Emrit. He failed to hit a boundary. Reifer collected the ball and threw it to keeper’s end who failed to collect and Tridents failed to win the match. Carter would have been the deserving player of the match if Dowrich effected the run out which was awarded to Engelbrecht. Man of the Match is generally, not always, awarded to one of the top performers from the winning team. This analysis identifies the top performer based on numbers alone.

Match 13: KXIP 215/5(20 ovs); nk 95(15.2 ovs)

Wins keep getting bigger. Kings XI won the match improving on Hurricanes. Batting first they scored way above par and defended 215 by bowling the opposition for 95. This means they won by nearly 80-20 margin. Sehwag, Miller and Vohra benefit the most. Sehwag’s 52(37) is slowest among these three rated 14%. Miller with 40(18) was the fastest of these three but scored fewest runs for his 16% contribution. Vohra was part of the opening century stand with Viru where Punjab overhauled the eventual Knights score in the 9th over itself. The final margin of 71 balls is largely due to Vohra’s 65(32) for which he earns a huge chunk of team points. This model rates such 65 higher than another 100 when scored in context.

Match 14: LIO 164/5(20 ovs); dol 148/9(20 ovs)

Lions should have won this match with plenty to spare when they had restricted Dolphins to 93/9 after 15.4 overs. For the 10th wicket, Subrayen contributed 1 run facing 7 out of remaining 26 balls. If we exclude 3 extras in the partnership, then Frylinck scored 51 in 19 deliveries. His allround contribution with bat and ball is worth 31% of his team points. In other words he earned 21.15 points; higher than Vohra’s contribution with bat alone.

Match 15: CSK 155/6(20 ovs); per 142/7(20 ovs)

Batting first Jadeja scored 14 runs off the last 3 deliveries. Chennai Super Kings eventually won by 13 runs. That explains the reason for a Ball Difference of 3 despite the margin of 13 runs. CSK scored 66 off the 155 in the last 4 overs. Since Ball Difference takes into account the actual rate of scoring where ball-by-ball data is available, a late surge after a slow start will result in a lower margin of victory.

Match 16: bt 113(19.4 ovs); HOB 117/4(18.2 ovs)

This was a low scoring match which means bowlers will get more points for checking the run rate. Shoaib Malik contriutes with bat, ball along with a catch to become the top performer. Carter’s brisk 42(34) knock, in context of a low scoring match, is worth close to 10 points. Hilfenhaus gets more bowling points than Doherty due to better economy and picking both his wickets before all four by Doherty.

Match 17: cob 135(18.3 ovs); KXIP 139/3(18.1 ovs)

Once again bowlers check the scoring and gain more points collectively. Saha contributes with bat and glove to become the top performer. Peterson’e 2/19 in a losing cause is rated above 3/15 by Patel (on winning side) because he took his wickets in first 10 overs unlike Patel.

Match 18: KKR 187/2(20 ovs); dol 151/8(20 ovs)

A tall score by KKR batting first and a relatively high score by Dolphins chasing vis-a-vis lower winning scores in the two earlier matches indicate that batting side should get more points. Uthappa and Pandey scored most of the runs batting first to pick up nearly 30 of the available 31 points for the side. Phehlukwayo’s 37(18) is the best effort on losing side.

Match 19: lio 124/6(20 ovs); PER 130/7(19 ovs)

Two allround efforts, one from each side, stand out. 63(38) by Marsh and 69(55) by Nasim are on either side of 14 batting points but Marsh raced ahead overall due to better bowling figures.

Match 20: nk 135/8(19 ovs); BT 138/4(18.4 ovs)

Last group game was interrupted but both sides played the same number of overs. Target was nominally incremented but Tridents managed to win with 2 balls to spare. Bowlers ahead again but not by much. 47(47) by Devcich is not rated much higher than 29(19) by Watling. Munaweera’s economical bowling in second half is worth more than his batting cameo at the top.

Semi-final 1: hob 140/6(20 ovs); KKR 141/3(19.1 ovs)

KKR won another match after restricting the opposition to a manageble score. Kallis and Pandey ensured that the chase did not go wrong. Pathan sneaks between these two by virtue of his decent spell with ball. Shoaib Malik and Gulbis scored plenty of points in defeat.

Semi-final 2: CSK 182/7(20 ovs); kxip 117(18.2 ovs)

In the other semi-final, CSK scored above par while batting and then restricted the scoring below par while bowling. The net contribution is only marginally in favour of batting side. It is a big win with roughly 64-36 split. Bravo picks up plenty of points while batting for 67(39) but his bowling spell of 1-12-0 is worth only 0.005 points.