Highest Impact Player of the match

Martin Guptill (7.14)

Highest Impact Batsman

Martin Guptill (6.39)

Highest Impact Bowler

Mohammad Sami (3.82)

Highest Impact Player (Pakistan)

Sharjeel Khan (4.02)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Mohammad Sami (1.19)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Martin Guptill (0.83)

New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 22 runs in Mohali on Tuesday (22 Mar). In so doing, they qualified for the semifinals and will – in all likelihood – top Group 2.

Martin Guptill was the highest impact player, and batsman, of the match for his 48-ball-61. He scored nearly 45% of New Zealand’s runs at a very fast rate ( Strike Rate Impact ) and had Partnership-Building Impact . His innings provided a platform for the likes of Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor to tee off as New Zealand scored 53 runs in the last five overs. Guptill also featured on the field, claiming three catches.

Mohammad Sami edged Adam Milne to finish as the highest impact bowler of the match. Sami claimed two top/middle order wickets, breaking a partnership in the process, in a highly restrictive spell. He had the highest Economy Impact , ahead of Ish Sodhi.

Sharjeel Khan, meanwhile, was Pakistan’s highest impact player. His 25-ball-47 launched their chase and his was the first Pakistani wicket to fall. At that point, the asking rate was a manageable 8 runs per over. Of the remaining six players who took to the crease, five of them finished with a negative Strike Rate Impact (scored runs at a rate lower than the match norm) and that cost them dearly. Sharjeel finished higher impact than Shahid Afridi because of the latter’s expensive showing with the ball.

Based on each side’s performance, the Blackcaps had a 29% higher impact than Pakistan. Five of the six New Zealand bowlers had a positive Economy Impact (conceded runs at a rate lower than the match norm) in the match. Pakistan, in comparison, had only two such bowlers. New Zealand’s discipline with the ball proved to be the real differentiator.


Karthik Swaminathan