Scorecard

Highest Impact Player of the match

Virat Kohli (7.61)

Highest Impact Batsman

Lendl Simmons (7.25)

Highest Impact Bowler

Samuel Badree (2.58)

Highest Impact Player (West Indies)

Lendl Simmons (7.25)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Ashish Nehra (1.26)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Virat Kohli (0.78)

West Indies shattered a few billion hearts as they knocked the hosts out of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday (31 Mar). Aided by Wankhede’s dew, Darren Sammy’s men were victorious by seven-wickets. They will now face England in Sunday’s final.

Virat Kohli’s effort with bat and ball saw him pip Lendl Simmons as the highest impact player of tonight’s semi-final. Kohli scored 46% of India’s total at a very fast pace, featured in two partnerships, and led India’s late charge as West Indies threatened to stem the flow of runs. He also claimed one top/middle-order wicket in an over that cost just four runs, breaking a partnership in the process.

​Playing his first game of the World T20, an unfazed Simmons – fortunate to have been reprieved ​off two no-balls – finished above Kohli as the highest impact batsman of the match, his unbeaten 51-ball-82 shepherding the chase. Under pressure from the get-go (19 for 2 from 3 overs when he took guard), he scored 42% of the target and was instrumental in building partnerships. Lendl Simmons was also West Indies’ highest impact player.

Samuel Badree was the highest impact bowler in this run-fest for his partnership-breaking wicket of Rohit Sharma. He also had the second-highest Economy Impact in the match, behind Ashish Nehra.

Based on each side’s performance, West Indies had a 26% higher impact than India in the match. Interestingly, India had six players with a Match Impact of more than 1 (minimum impact for a performance to not be deemed as a failure), while West Indies had only four such players. Virat Kohli and Lendl Simmons almost matched each other in terms of their Overall Impact, but the supporting acts from Andre Russell, Johnson Charles and Samuel Badree proved to be a differentiating factor.

 

Karthik Swaminathan