Scorecard

Highest Impact Player of the match

Virat Kohli (8.76)

Highest Impact Batsman

Virat Kohli (8.51)

Highest Impact Bowler

Shane Watson (3.86)

Highest Impact Player (Australia)

Shane Watson (5.04)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Ashish Nehra (1.43)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Virat Kohli (0.73)

Tricky chase. Under pressure. Who do you turn to? Yes, that man again – Virat Kohli, who reinforced his credentials as the best chaser in the history of T20 Internationals. His innings ensured there will be at least one subcontinent team in the final four as India secured a nerve-jangling six-wicket win over Australia in Mohali on Sunday (27 Mar).

Virat Kohli was the highest impact player, and batsman, of the match. Much like his performance against Pakistan the other evening, this innings (82 not out off 51) was perfect – both in the way it was paced, and from an Impact perspective. Kohli scored 51% of the target by himself ( Runs Tally Impact ), at a fast pace ( Strike Rate Impact ), under pressure ( Pressure Impact ), building partnerships in the process ( Partnership-Building Impact ) and stayed unbeaten to see India home ( Chasing Impact ). He had Fielding Impact too for effecting James Faulkner’s dismissal.

The retiring Shane Watson finished on a high, albeit in defeat. He was the second-highest impact player of the match. He was also the highest impact bowler and Australia’s highest impact player. While his contribution with the bat was just an unbeaten 18, he turned up the heat with the ball. Watson prised out two top/middle-order wickets, building pressure on India. He also featured on the field, claiming a catch to dismiss Yuvraj Singh. Watson’s restrictive spell had the second-highest Economy Impact in the match, behind Ashish Nehra.

Based on each side’s performance, India had a 27% higher impact than Australia. Interestingly, Australia had seven players with a Match Impact of more than 1 (minimum impact for a performance to not be deemed as a failure) while India had six. It was a Kohli special, his 3rd-highest impact T20I performance and his highest impact performance in a knockout encounter, that proved to be the difference.

 

Karthik Swaminathan