Here we are, into the Super 10 stage of the ICC World T20 2016 in India. We have 8 seeded teams joined by the other two teams from the qualifiers.

Let’s take a look at the groups:

Group 1: England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Afghanistan (q).

Group 2: Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Bangladesh (q)

In a group, each team will play each other once in a round-robin fashion. The top two teams from either group will progress to the semi-finals – with the winner from the semis playing the final on 3rd April at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Every team has its points of strength which are the keys to its success in the T20 format. For instance, they might be having a good history of chasing down big totals or defending humble scores. Each team has its key players on board. Considering all stats for the last 3 years, let’s just have a peep into what are the keys to success for each of the teams.

Australia:

  1. Wins 73% times when they are either batting first scoring 180+ or restricting opposition inside 140.
  2. Wins 80% times when dashing opener David Warner scores 40+.
  3. Wins 70% times when two or more bowlers pick up at least 2 wickets each. No specific key bowlers.

India:

  1. Wins 83% times when they are defending 160+ and 75% times chasing 175+.
  2. Wins 86% times Rohit Sharma scores 40+ and 75% times Virat Kohli scores 40+.
  3. Wins 82% times Ravichandran Ashwin gives less than 6 an over. Though on shorter sample space, Ravindra Jadeja (88%) and Jaspreet Bumrah (86%) can also come in handy for the same criteria.

New Zealand:

  1. Wins 80% times when they are defending a score of 140+.
  2. Wins 83% times Martin Guptill scores 40+.
  3. Wins 70% times when two or more bowlers pick up at least 2 wickets each. No specific key bowlers.

Pakistan:

  1. Wins 83% times when they are defending a score of 135+.
  2. Never lose if either Ahmed Shehzad or Mohammad Hafeez scores 40+.
  3. Wins 75% of the times when Hafeez bowls under 6 an over.

Bangladesh:

  1. Wins 80% of the times when they are defending a score 140+.
  2. Wins 71% times when youngster Sabbir Rahman scores 40+.
  3. Wins 88% of the times skipper Mashrafe Mortaza bowls under 6 runs an over.

England:

  1. Wins 70% times when they are defending a score of 140+.
  2. Never lost on an occasion when captain Eoin Morgan scores 40+.
  3. Wins 86% times when two or more bowlers pick up at least 2 wickets each. No specific key bowlers.

South Africa:

  1. Wins 83% times when they are defending scores in range of 140-160.
  2. Always wins when A B deVilliers scores 40+ and 75% times Hashim Amla scores 40+.
  3. Wins 80% times when spinner Imran Tahir bowls a spell giving less than 6 runs an over.

Sri Lanka:

  1. Wins 78% times when they are defending a total of 160+.
  2. Never loses when Kusal Perera scores 40+.
  3. Wins 80% of the matches where Lasith Malinga (injured) gives less than 6 an over and 75% times when Rangana Herath goes under the same.

West Indies:

  1. Never lost when they were defending a score of 160+.
  2. Never lost when its veterans either Chris Gayle or Marlon Samuels scores 40+.
  3. Wins 60% of the times spinner Samuel Badree gives less than 6 an over.

Afghanistan:

  1. Wins 83% times when they are defending a total of 160+.
  2. Yet to lose a match when keeper-cum-batsman Mohammad Shahzad scores 40+.
  3. Never lost a match in which Dawlat Zadran gives less than 6 an over.

 

Although with different playing conditions, the key factors might change as the tournament gets underway. And for Afghanistan which had played little cricket against the top teams, it will be important to see how their key players turn up to the imposing challenges.

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