England’s highest chase and 21 other statistical highlights from England vs South Africa World T20 match at Mumbai

The sixth match of Super 10 stage in ICC World T20 2016 was played between England and South Africa at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. England skipper Eoin Morgan invited South African team to bat first and from the very beginning, they started dealing in boundaries and sixes. Both the openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock made half-centuries but after the fall of their wicket the scoring rate went down for few overs. Further, JP Duminy took the charge and he too scored a fifty and ensured a huge total of 229 on board.

In return, England too started well with their opener Jason Roy plundering 16-ball 43. But after three quick wickets, the asking rate went up but Joe Root did not lose his wicket and kept scoring at a good rate. He scored 44-ball 83 and on the other end, wickets kept falling regularly but in the end Moeen Ali played the winning shot and ended one of the most epic encounters of World T20 in England’s favour. This was a typical high-scoring match where numerous records entered in the record books by replacing some others and Abhishek Kumar is back with his stats bag to present some interesting statistical highlights from the match.

1.  South Africa completed their fifty runs in just 23 balls. This is their fastest team fifty in T20Is. Their previous best came in 24 balls against England in February, 2016 at Johannesburg.

2.  South Africa scored 83 runs during their batting powerplay. This is the joint fourth-highest score in first six overs in a World T20 game and joint sixth-highest in overall T20Is.

3.  De Kock’s fifty from 21 balls is joint fastest half-century from a South African in T20Is. AB de Villiers also made 21-ball fifty earlier this year against the same opposition at Johannesburg.

4.  South Africa completed their 100 runs in just 48 balls. This is the joint third-fastest hundred by a team in a World T20 game.

5.  Amla finally got out after scoring 224 runs in his third inning. He remained unbeaten in his last two T20I matches after scoring 69 and 97.

6.  South African skipper Faf du Plessis scored only 17 runs and completed his 1,000 runs in T20Is. He is joint second-fastest to reach 1,000 runs in T20Is along with Kevin Pietersen and Alex Hales in 32 matches. Fastest to reach 1,000 T20Is runs is Virat Kohli in 27 matches.

7.  After posting a huge total of 229, South Africa became the only team to score 200 plus totals nine times in T20Is and thrice in World T20s.

8.  This is the second instance of three batsmen scoring half-centuries in a T20I. Hashim Amla, de Kock and JP Duminy made fifties. First instance of three batsmen scoring fifties in a T20I was in 2007 by Indian batsmen Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh against England.

9.  Kagiso Rabada conceded 21 runs in the first over of South Africa’s bowling. This was the joint second-most expensive first over bowled in T20I history. Most expensive was bowled by Kemar Roach against Australia in 2010, where he conceded 24 runs.

10.  Rabada’s first over was the most expensive over of his T20I career where he conceded 21 runs. Similarly, Dale Steyn bowled the second over and conceded 23 runs, which was the most expensive over of his T20I career.

11.  England completed their fifty runs in just 17 balls, which is now the joint second-fastest fifty by any team in T20Is. New Zealand scored in 16 balls in 2009 against Scotland and West Indies in 2008 against Australia in 17 balls.

12.  172 runs were scored in powerplays, including both South Africa’s and England’s innings. This is the most number of combined runs scored in first six overs in a T20I.

13.  England scored 89 in their batting powerplay, which is now the third most runs scored in the first six overs in a T20I and also this was their highest score in powerplays. Netherlands scored 91 in powerplay in 2014 against Ireland and New Zealand made 90 in 2009 against Scotland.

14.  243 runs were scored in first 10 overs — including both South Africa’s and England’s innings. This is second most number of combined runs scored in first 10 overs in a T20I. 251 is the highest number of combined runs scored in first 10 overs of a T20I between South Africa and West Indies at Johannesburg in 2015.

15.  England chased down the total of 230 against South Africa and this is now the second highest successful chase in the history of T20Is and best in World T20.

16.  England’s 230 is also the fifth highest team total in the history of T20Is and their best in T20Is.

17.  South Africa’s 229 is highest team total on a losing cause in a World T20 game and second highest in overall T20Is.

18.  South African opener Amla and de Kock both scored half-centuries. This was the eighth instance in a World T20 game when both openers of a team scored half-centuries and first by a South African opener in this tournament.

19.  Steyn bowled only two overs and with this he has now 79.1 overs in his name in World T20s, which makes him the sixth player with most World T20 overs. Other five are Shahid Afridi (123), Lasith Malinga (102.4), Saeed Ajmal (89.2), Stuart Broad (86.5) and Umar Gul (82.4).

20.  Chris Jordan’s spell of 3-0-49-0 is the most expensive spell of three overs bowled by an England bowler in a World T20 game.

21.  Rabada’s spell of 4-0-50-2 is the joint second most expensive spell of four overs bowled by a South African bowler in a World T20 game. Steyn conceded the same amount of runs in 2010 against England and Shaun Pollock gave 52 runs in 2007 against West Indies.

22.  Steyn’s spell of 2-0-35-0 is the most expensive spell of two overs bowled by a South African bowler in a World T20 game.

 (Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhishekkr2593)