middle over batting
although a lot of people were complaining about our middle over batting during the last match, i actually think we've gotten better at it. if it was even a year ago, we wouldn't have crossed 180 after losing 5 wickets on 138. yesterday, even though we lost wickets in a regular interval - the rash strokes weren't as frequent as in recent past. it seems we're also getting better at not losing wickets in pairs. everytime we lost a wicket, our batsmen buckled down and consolidated. take a look at the first seven partnerships (which pretty much covers the top and middle order batting) we had yesterday -
1st - 64 runs (rr - 6.62)
2nd - 21 runs (rr - 3.4)
3rd - 28 runs (rr - 3.29)
4th - 10 runs (rr - 2.5)
5th - 15 runs (rr - 3.21)
6th - 31 runs (rr - 3.5)
7th - 10 runs (rr - 5.45)
while this isn't the best batting performance we've had, it really isn't that bad. they pulled off some stunning catches, bowled accurately, and were aided by the slowness of the pitch. but we've shown some grit as well, and didn't collapse as badly as we could've. in fact, if ash didn't get out to that brilliant catch, we had a chance to cross 240.
now onto the topic of middle order batting specifically - one of the keys to it is rotating the strike. check this out -
nafees - % of dot balls per balls played = 70 (24 out of 34).
number of singles = 1 number of doubles = 1
total scoring shots = 11
mehrab jr. - % of dot balls = 74 (57 out of 77)
number of singles = 16 number of doubles = 1
total scoring shots = 22
aftab - % of dot balls = 77 (14 out of 18)
no singles. no doubles.
total scoring shots = 4
sakib - % of dot balls = 49 (21 out of 43)
22 singles. no doubles.
23 scoring shots.
bashar - % of dot balls = 86 (12 out of 14)
1 single. 1 double.
2 scoring shots.
ashraful - % of dot balls = 54 (27 out of 50)
20 singles. 2 doubles.
25 scoring shots.
pilot - % of dot balls = 71 ( 20 out of 28)
5 singles. 3 doubles.
8 scoring shots.
although mehrab has a high dot ball per balls played ratio, he seems adept at taking singles (he had 16 of those). that percentage will drop as he gains more confidence with further experience. i'm not too concerned about nafees either, because he's an opener. singles are much harder to come by with 7 fielders inside the circle, while hitting bounderies is that much easier. aftab has shown his fluency in taking singles before, and he needs to not get away from it. sakib and ashraful were the best in both categories, which is encouraging given they are both middle order batsmen.
note: the stats get better if i analyze the second odi under the same criteria. so i decided to look at the worse of the two batting performances.
Last edited by shovon13; December 6, 2006 at 08:08 AM.