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World Cup: How the teams are shaping

Last updated on: March 14, 2011 14:55 IST

Australia: 5.2 runs per over scored during Powerplays

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With 28 league games completed, we are exactly two-thirds into the World Cup qualifying stages. We take a look here at how the nine Test-playing nations are shaping up, primarily on their tournament form displayed so far (see also notes below).

Terms: Economy or run rate = Runs per over

Average = Runs per dismissal

Strike rate (batting) = Runs per 100 balls

Strike rate (bowling) = Balls per wicket

Australia

Strengths

Batting: Preserving wickets (average of 52.1 runs per dismissal and 182.0 runs per dismissal during Powerplays); High run rate overall (5.6 runs per over)

Bowling: 4.2 runs per over and 16.7 balls per wicket in Powerplays; Fast bowling: 3.9 runs per over and 22.8 balls per wicket; Highest number of catches per innings: 5

Weaknesses

Batting: 5.2 runs per over scored during Powerplays

Bowling: 32.4 balls per wicket; Spin bowling: 85.7 balls per wicket.

Notes:

*All stats taken before Saturday's match between India and South Africa

* Batting performance has been classified into openers, middle order (numbers 3, 4 and 5) and lower middle order (6, 7, 8) and performance during the powerplays have also been taken into account.

* Bowling performance has been classified into how the fast bowlers, spinners and backup bowlers have performed, again taking Powerplays into account.

* The analysis is based on a relative comparison of the batting, bowling and fielding performance by the teams as compared to other Test-playing nations.


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Bangladesh: Most number of run-outs

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Bangladesh

Strengths

Batting: First (mandatory) Powerplay: 5.8 runs per over

Bowling: Only 6% of runs conceded as extras

Weaknesses

Batting: Average opening partnership (43.0 runs per dismissal); poor run rate overall (4.6); Powerplay while batting: Poor runs per dismissal (21.9); Poor run rate (5.4)

Bowling: Powerplay while bowling: Poor average (42.9 runs per wicket); poor economy (5.3); Most number of run outs so far (5); Poor strike rate (37.7 balls per wicket); Poor economy (5.3); Fast bowling: Poor economy (5.6) and strike rate (40.9); Spin bowling: Poor economy (5.0).


Image: Bangladesh players celebrate after defeating England on Friday
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England: Poor economy; poor strike rate

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England

Strengths

Openers: Good strike rate (97.6); Only 1 run out conceded so far

Weaknesses

Lower middle order: Poor average (10.8); Losing too many wickets during the batting (third) Powerplay (13.2 runs per dismissal) with poor run rate (6.40)

Bowling: Poor economy (5.5); poor strike rate (36.0); Powerplay while bowling: Poor economy (5.7); Fast bowling: Poor economy (5.5) and strike rate (37.3); Backup bowlers: Poor economy (5.1); average (184.0) and strike rate (216.0); Extras: Highly profligate (98 runs) with the highest extras (33) in any innings twice.


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India: High Powerplay run rate

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India

Strengths

Batting: High run rate (6.1); high average runs per dismissal (46.2); High openers' strike rate (112.0); High Powerplay run rate (6.2)

Bowling: Strike rate: Fast bowlers (22.3); backup bowlers (42.8); Fielding: Catches (16) and run outs (4)

Weaknesses

Bowling: Poor economy (5.2) and average (27.5); Poor Powerplay economy rate (5.5); Spin bowling: Poor economy (5.0); average (55.5) and strike rate (67.0); High number of run outs conceded (4).


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New Zealand: Poor spin bowling strike rate

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New Zealand

Strengths

Batting: Openers: High average runs per dismissal (79.0); high partnership average (66.5); No run outs conceded so far

Bowling: Very good average (19.1) and strike rate (26.5) powered by fast bowling and backup bowlers; Best spin bowling economy (2.3)

Weaknesses

Batting: Middle order: Poor average (33.6)

Bowling: Poor spin bowling strike rate (90.0); High percentage of extras conceded (9.4%).


Image: New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates with teammates
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Pakistan: Middle order's poor strike rate

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Pakistan

Strengths

Batting: Lower middle order: High average (28.0) and strike rate (94.2)

Bowling: Spin bowling: Good economy (4.1) and average (16.7)

Weaknesses

Batting: Poor average (28.5) and run rate (5.3); Openers: Poor average score each (11.6), strike rate (62.4) and partnership average (15 runs); Middle order: Poor strike rate (74.6); Powerplay while batting: Poor average runs per dismissal (27.3)

Bowling: Powerplay while bowling: Poor average runs per wicket taken (28.4); Backup bowlers: Poor economy (5.1) and strike rate (57.0); High extras as a percentage of runs scored (11%); Low number of catches per innings (2.3).


Image: The Pakistan team
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South Africa: Very economical fast bowling

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South Africa

Strengths

Batting: Middle order: Good average (60.7) and strike rate (93.1)

Bowling: Overall bowling: Good economy (4.0) and strike rate (25.6), especially during Powerplays; Fast bowling: Very economical (3.7); Spin bowling: Good strike rate (19.2); High number of catches (4.7) per innings

Weaknesses

Batting: Openers: Poor opening stand average (43.0) and strike rate (73.8); Poor run rate while batting (5.3), especially during Powerplays (5.2)

Bowling: Poor fast bowler strike rate (36.4).


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Sri Lanka: Good batting run-rate

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Sri Lanka

Strengths

Batting: Good run rate (6.0) and average (46.8) from openers, middle order and lower middle order; Powerplay while batting: Good run rate (6.4), predominantly due to mandatory Powerplay

Bowling: Spin bowling: Good economy (3.8), average (13.6) and strike rate (21.3); Backup bowling: High average (19.1) and strike rate (27.8)

Weaknesses

Bowling: Economy rate of fast bowlers (4.8).


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West Indies: Poor lower middle order batting

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West Indies

Strengths

Batting: High middle order strike rate (101.4); Powerplay while batting: Good run rate (5.7)

Bowling: Good average of runs per wicket (19.0) and strike rate (26.0), led by Powerplay bowling; Fast bowlers: Good economy (4.1) and average (15.6); Spinners: Good strike rate (23.4); Least extras conceded as a percentage of runs scored (3.7%)

Weaknesses

Batting: Poor average (30.6), due to lower middle order (9.7)

Bowling: Backup bowling: Poor strike rate (137.2) and average (102.0).


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