Highest Impact Player of the match

Joe Root (4.57)

Highest Impact Batsman

Joe Root (4.65)

Highest Impact Bowler

Kyle Abbott (3.79)

Highest Impact Player (South Africa)

JP Duminy (4.48)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Imran Tahir (1.34)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Jason Roy (0.60)

The run fest continued at the Wankhede on Friday (18 Mar) but this time England recovered from a shellacking to stun South Africa by two wickets. It was the second-highest T20 run-chase in history.

Joe Root showed why he is England’s third-highest impact T20I batsman ever (after Kevin Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter, min. 15 T20I matches).

Root finished as the highest impact player, and batsman, of the match. Chasing 230, he played a near-perfectly paced innings highlighted by a 75-run stand for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler ( Partnership-Building Impact ). He scored 36% of the target and almost saw out the chase.

For his three top/middle order wickets, Kyle Abbott edged Moeen Ali to finish as the highest impact bowler. Ali also had the second-highest Economy Impact in the match, behind Imran Tahir. Given the context of the match, and the massive scoring, their high Economy Impact shows how effective they were when other bowlers were being hit all over the place – something conventional numbers won’t show in an analysis.

JP Duminy’s all-round effort saw him emerge as South Africa’s highest impact player. Sharing batting impact with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, he was their second-highest scorer (contributing to nearly 24% of their total) and also had Partnership-Building Impact . He would later return to dismiss Morgan, a top/middle order wicket.

Interestingly, based on each side’s performance, South Africa actually had a 25% higher impact than England in the match. ​In other words, more South African players contributed in their team display as compared to England. Joe Root’s individual brilliance, however, ensured England eventually crossed the line.


Karthik Swaminathan