Scorecard

Highest Impact Player of the match

James Faulkner (6.59)

Highest Impact Batsman

Steven Smith (4.24)

Highest Impact Bowler

James Faulkner (6.59)

Highest Impact Player (Pakistan)

Shoaib Malik (3.18)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Josh Ha​z​lewood (1.10)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Shane Watson (0.75)

A comfortable 21-run win for Australia in Mohali meant they not only beat, but also knocked Pakistan out of the 2016 ICC World T20 on Friday (25 Mar). They next face India in what will be a virtual quarter-final to decide who advances, with New Zealand, to the semi-finals.

James Faulkner was the highest impact player, and bowler, of the match for his five-wicket haul. Four of his victims were among Pakistan’s top/middle order, and that built pressure​ and effectively put paid to any hope Pakistan may have nursed​. He also had the second-highest Economy Impact , behind Josh Hazlewood, as the pair put a stranglehold on the chase.

Earlier, Australia’s charge was led by skipper Steven Smith who finished the match as the highest impact batsman, and second-highest impact player. Smith walked out to bat at the fall of the second wicket (Warner) and was immediately under pressure after Finch departed. He would, then, go on to contribute to nearly 32% of Australia’s score, building two partnerships in the process. Smith’s performance is a timely shot in the arm for Australia as he entered this match on the back of 17 failures, no less, in his last 23 T20I matches.

Shane Watson, who shared an unbeaten 74-run stand for the fifth wicket with Smith, had the highest Strike Rate Impact and provided the innings with a late flourish, courtesy his power hitting.

Shoaib Malik was Pakistan’s highest impact player. His unbeaten 20-ball-40 ​was Pakistan’s second-highest contribution​.​​ Malik, who had Partnership-Building Impact as well​,​ did not have any support following Khalid Latif’s dismissal. His impact was higher than Latif’s because of the pace at which they scored their runs.​

Based on the performances of both teams, Australia had a 56% higher impact than Pakistan. Both the teams had seven players each with a Match Impact of more than 1 (minimum impact for a performance to not be deemed as a failure). No Pakistani player, however, gave a really big performance today (an impact of 4 or above) while Smith and Faulkner did so​ for Australia​. This turned out to be the difference.

 

Karthik Swaminathan