The numbers behind Mithali Raj and Co’s woes in beating first in ODI


Speaking to broadcasters at the first One-Day International against India, at the middle microphone, Australian Rachael Haynes joked that Meg Lanning loved to hunt so much that it was no surprise to see her win the toss and choose to play bowling. on land that was described as a Belter a few minutes earlier. It was a nice hard surface and once the first stages had been negotiated due to the freshness, the tracks should have flown. Lanning resisted that temptation and, upon Australia’s return to the international stage after five months, asked Mithali Raj and Co to strike Mackay first.

This has put India in a situation that it is faced with most often in recent years. Mithali Raj and Co have now lost seven straight games while beating first in the ODI.

Indeed, since the end of the ICC ODI Women’s World Cup in 2017, no team has lost more matches by beating the first in the 50-over format than India. With 13 losses in 19 first-beating matches, India’s winning percentage of 31.58% is only lower than in the West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in this World Cup cycle.

% of gains since July 2017 by beating 1st in ODI

Team Carpet Won To win % Lost Attached NR
AUS 15 15 100.00% 0 0 0
HER 16 9 56.25% 5 1 1
FR 23 12 52.17% 11 0 0
PAK 15 6 40.00% 8 0 1
New Zealand 18 6 33.33% 12 0 0
INDIANA 19 6 31.58% 13 0 0
WI 13 4 30.77% 8 1 0
TO PROHIBIT 3 0 0.00% 3 0 0
SL 7 0 0.00% 7 0 0

It’s a problem with India’s approach with the bat looking much more suited with a target in front of them than setting the pace or playing with a tempo that brings them to a total winner. Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, for example, both have significantly better numbers while beating in second.

And that’s how it turned out. Despite new names in the lineup, despite sparks of brilliance and flashes of intent from the young brigade, the story was similar. A decent start, but the openers don’t make it big, the middle order drops anchor, and when it comes to making it a big total, it fails. That there was a useful cameo from Richa Ghosh at the end and the fact that the Australian bowlers were generous to offer an extra 22 points meant that India had at least passed 200. And even then the Aussie roster extremely. talented only needed 41 overs and three hitters to chase down 226.

India while beating the 1st in the ODI since July 2017

Opposition Goal Overs RPO Results Ground Start date
v SA 213/7 50 4.26 won Kimberley Feb 5 2018
v SA 302/3 50 6.04 won Kimberley Feb 7 2018
v SA 240 50 4.80 lost Potchefstroom Feb. 10, 2018
v AUS 200 50 4.00 lost Vadodara March 12, 2018
v ENG 113 37.2 3.02 lost Nagpur Apr 9, 2018
v SL 219 50 4.38 won Gall Sep 13, 2018
v SL 253/5 50 5.06 lost Katunayake Sep 16, 2018
v New Zealand 149 44 3.38 lost Hamilton Feb 1 2019
v ENG 202 49.4 4.06 won Bombay Feb 22 2019
v ENG 205/8 50 4.10 lost Bombay 28 feb. 2019
v SA 146 45.5 3.18 won Vadodara Oct 14, 2019
v WI 191/6 50 3.82 won Northern strait Nov 3, 2019
v SA 177/9 50 3.54 lost Lucknow March 7, 2021
v SA 248/5 50 4.96 lost Lucknow March 12, 2021
v SA 266/4 50 5.32 lost Lucknow March 14, 2021
v SA 188 49.3 3.79 lost Lucknow March 17, 2021
v ENG 201/8 50 4.02 lost Bristol June 27, 2021
v ENG 221 50 4.42 lost Taunton June 30, 2021
v AUS 225/8 50 4.50 lost Mackay Sep 21, 2021

Speaking after the game, Mithali Raj said: “You see, when you know the type of Australian batting lineup, something closer to 250 is what we were looking for, but losing two wickets, especially hitters like Shafali [Verma] and Smriti [Mandhana] in the power play itself it was important that the middle order start to compensate for this and build a partnership, which is what we did with Yastika [Bhatia], but again, we didn’t get enough partnerships in the lower middle as well.

The key, Mithali added, was partnerships.

“We have to have partnerships now, rather than thinking about playing cricket without fear, the girls have to get down to developing partnerships in the middle and that will certainly give them confidence at some point to play without fear”, the captain, who scored half a century for a fifth consecutive ODI for the second time in his career, said.

While it is easy to regret the lack of a good start, it is a problem that has been going on for years now and despite the press comments about having to work on it, India does not have it all. just not cracked the code from the ODI keystroke while setting a target.

Mandhana’s average, for example, in ODIs played since the last World Cup is a little over 55, but it drops to 30 when India beats first. Only Mithali and Punam Raut averaged over 40 over this period but their strike rates are below 62.

India’s Top 10 (average) while beating 1st from WC

Player Hostels Races Avenue RS 100 50
Mithali Raj 18 765 47.81 61.79 1 6
Punam Raut 12 460 41.81 61.66 1 3
Veda K 5 134 33.50 95.03 0 2
Smriti mandhana 17 544 32.00 80.35 1 3
Deepti Sharma 17 392 30.15 62.82 0 2
Harmanpreet Kaur 16 420 30.00 67.85 0 2
Shafali Verma 3 67 22.33 84.81 0 0
Shikha pandey ten 142 20.28 83.52 0 0
Jhulan Goswami 12 114 19.00 65.51 0 0
Pooja Vastrakar 5 84 16.80 77.06 0 1

AVG of the openers while beating 1st since July ’17

Team Players used Matches Mean RS 100 50
AUS 4 15 51.23 91.10 3 12
New Zealand ten 18 44.08 92.22 5 7
FR 4 23 39.93 79.40 4 ten
HER 4 16 31.84 69.69 0 9
PAK 5 15 29.33 62.05 0 4
WI 9 13 24.12 56.72 1 3
INDIANA 7 19 23.65 71.29 1 4
SL 5 7 20.85 50.87 1 0
TO PROHIBIT 4 3 10.66 45.39 0 1

The team’s leadership has, in the recent past, repeatedly insisted that the 250 score is still an area they need to work on, but without Mackay’s extras and cameos in the first ODI, they would have been well below that mark instead of approaching. 25 races. Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa have all scored more than five more points on average since the last World Cup. With the exception of World Cup hosts New Zealand (who have been battling for themselves lately), this was reflected in the team’s records during this span.

RPO since July 2017 by beating 1st in ODI

Team Carpet To win % RPO The highest score Lowest score Avenue
AUS 15 100.00% 5.78 332 241 41.51
New Zealand 18 33.33% 5.21 491 115 28.54
FR 23 52.17% 5.04 331 161 28.76
HER 16 56.25% 4.47 270 63 25.44
INDIANA 19 31.58% 4.27 302 113 04.26
PAK 15 40.00% 4.01 250 94 19.88
WI 13 30.77% 3.92 292 120 22.69
SL 7 0.00% 3.35 195 98 16.28
TO PROHIBIT 3 0.00% 2.57 166 71 11.24

India’s average score by beating the first during this period: 208

England’s average score by beating the first in this period: 241

Australia’s average score by beating the first during this period: 280

While it’s valid to regret the lack of consistent good starts while beating first, India’s middle order is doing itself no favor. The task of rebuilding often falls on them, and this often impairs the rating rate. But while meltdowns happen frequently, the overall hitting rate of the No. 3-7 team in batting order doesn’t make for a good read. When a team is under pressure from the opposition in the middle, the counterattack can often work wonders, but it rarely, if ever, happens with this Indian batting unit in the ODI.

SR for our 3-7s while beating 1st since July ’17

Team Matches Mean Strike rate
AUS 15 37.37 92.64
FR 23 28.91 83.23
New Zealand 18 26.40 78.27
HER 16 26.55 75.28
INDIANA 19 30.74 65.09
PAK 15 8:45 p.m. 64.87
WI 13 25.63 63.81
SL 7 15.52 48.13
TO PROHIBIT 3 13.15 40.81

It should be noted that outside of Australia, and to a lesser extent England and South Africa (the best in the world), setting a goal and winning a match is not that common. right now in women’s football. It’s also clear that India is a better hunting team, having won 11 out of 14 games in this World Cup cycle when they beat second. Only South Africa (who developed a talent for target hunting) and Australia (who may have forgotten how to lose ODIs) have won more hunting matches. In fact, India’s win-loss ratio in the chase is second behind Australia.

But the numbers chasm reveals India’s glaring weakness, and the team cannot depend on the draw to win ODI matches. Whether it’s a better start from openers, a more responsible stick from Mandhana, or a faster scoring rate from Mithali and Co, the team needs and needs solutions. quickly.

All statistics are courtesy of ESPNCricinfo Statsguru. Figures updated until the end of the first ODI between Australia and India, and the third ODI between England and New Zealand.


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