ODI Pulse Chart: Tracking team points during a match

In a Pulse chart, Team batting first is depicted in red and other team is plotted in blue. A worm tracks the progress of a match by plotting the team score after each delivery against a black PAR value. Worm is shaded red or blue based on the team deemed ahead of the Par value after that delivery. PAR value for first innings is determined from the average scoring rate for a 50 over match. The second innings PAR is determined by the TARGET set by team batting first, overs played and wickets lost (see Wicket Adjusted Run Rate Chart for details).

Overs played are displayed on X-axis, Runs Scored on the Primary Y-axis (left side) and Total Team Points on the Secondary Y-axis (right side).

Batting first, England lost top order wickets early and regularly and as a result stayed below the average scoring rate throughout the match. Some big spikes in the blue points curve show the Australian dominance. The fifth wicket partnership between Morgan and Buttler reduced the gap between red and blue curves. A sharp increase in Australian Points at the fall of 5th wicket indicates that the partnership was good for England but not long enough. 6th and 7th wicket partnerships just about restored the parity when England reached 224/7 after 46.5 overs. At that point, England could have scored 20-25 more runs in the remaining 19 balls. 3 more wickets in next 6 balls resulted in Australia leading 26.2-23.8 at innings break.

The first innings score against an overall average score is indicative at best. 400+ score may not be enough to win while a below 200 score is more than sufficient sometimes. England needed some early wickets and/or a sedate Australian start but neither happened. England’s best chance was at 71/2 after 12.4 overs when Australia was marginally ahead 33.5-31.6 on points but the 3rd wicket partnership prospered.

Even though Australia lost a few more wickets the scoring remained quick enough to stay well above the Par curve increasing the gap between these two teams. At 165/3 (31 ov), the gap increased to 45.8-39.3 and even after two quick wickets the gap widened to 56.8-40.7 at 219/5 (38 ov). England stalled while Australia accelerated.

61 ball win for Australia

61 ball win for Australia

2 more wickets fell before the finish line which were immaterial because the scoring was very quick. Australia won by 61 balls which amounts to a very comfortable 58.8-41.2 win. The quick wickets that England had to take after first 15 overs of Australian innings did not materialise and the game ended in a thumping victory for Australians.

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