With an overall performance rating of 8.56, Mumbai Indians have been the best overall team in the first half of IPL 2020 followed by Delhi Capitals at 8.2.
IPL 2020 has crossed the halfway stage, and unlike previous years, no team has dominated the charts in all the departments. In fact, 2020 has witnessed a near competitive tournament with each Team battling on their strength.
With half of the group stage matches over, it gives us a perfect opportunity to review the performance of each franchise. Which players made the maximum impact for respective teams, and which are the strongest suits for each team so far? You will have all the answers here.
To simplify things, we have rated all the teams on 4 key aspects – Batting, Bowling, Fielding, and Team performance to calculate the overall performance rating of all the teams for the first half of IPL 2020.
#8: Rajasthan Royals – 7.29
Team Performance – 7.1
Rajasthan Royals occupy the penultimate position with 6 points from their first 8 matches. They would still need at least 4 wins from the remaining 6 matches with a good NRR to give themselves a chance.
Batting – 7
Rajasthan Royals have had an interesting season so far with closing out a couple of heists in the death overs with the bat. But apart from that, they have been poor in general and that is showing in their batting tables. Sanju Samson with only two good innings is at the top with 202 runs while the constructor of their two wins Rahul Tewatia is at the second position with 189 runs. Jos Buttler is having a quiet season by his standards with only one significant contribution, and his tally adds up to a total of 168 runs from 7 innings.
Bowling – 7.4
There has been a clear classification between the quality of Jofra Archer and other RR bowlers with Englishman taking 12 scalps from 8 matches at an average of 17.50. Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal are at joint second position with 5 wickets each. Other bowlers need to put their hands up if RR are to make something out from the second half of the season.
Fielding – 7.6
Rajasthan Royals have dropped 7 catches so far which cost them a total of 81 runs. Their success rate in terms of catches taken stands at 75.9% in the first half.
#7: Chennai Super Kings – 7.62
Team Performance – 7.3
CSK are in sixth position with 3 victories out of the first 8 matches. After beginning their season with a win, they had lost their way in the middle. 4 wins from the remaining 6 matches should be enough for them with a good net run rate.
Batting – 7.5
CSK’s batting numbers depict a similar story to SRH with top-order players dominating the proceedings. Faf du Plessis is their highest scorer with 307 runs at an average of 51.16 while Shane Watson has scored 241 from 8 innings after a poor start to the season. An interesting fact about Shane Watson is that he has played 49.2% of the deliveries he faced as dot balls. Ambati Rayudu rounds-off the top 3 with 192 runs from just 5 innings. His best knock came while chasing against MI in the opening match of the season.
Bowling – 7
As they say, Sam Curran makes things happen whenever he has the ball in his hands. And he hasn’t done any harm to his reputation this season while playing for CSK. He has picked up 9 wickets from 8 innings with an average of 27.55. Shardul Thakur has been the most impressive of Indian pacers with 8 scalps from just 5 innings. Piyush Chawla has picked up 6 wickets but has turned out to be expansive with an economy of 8.83 runs per over.
Fielding – 8.7
Chennai Super Kings have dropped 5 chances from their first 7 matches and having a success rate of 86.8%. These drops haven’t cost them much in terms of runs.
#6: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 7.63
Team Performance – 8.3
RCB are sitting decently with 5 wins and 3 losses at halfway mark. This is easily one of the best starts for RCB with 10 points on the board.
Batting – 8
Royal Challengers Bangalore had made few additions to their batting lineup during last year’s auction. These changes have made an impact straight away this season. Virat Kohli has scored 256 runs from 7 innings at an average of 64. Young Devdutt Padikkal has been the find of this year’s competition so far with 243 runs opening the batting for them.
AB de Villiers has had a couple of magnificent outings and none more so than his innings at Sharjah against KKR. He has slammed 228 at an electric rate of 186.9. Aaron Finch has struggled to get going on most occasions and with pitches slowing down even further, he will have to up his game sooner rather than later.
Bowling – 7.4
RCB had to try different combinations at the beginning of the season due to an injury to Chris Morris. But, their bowling unit is now looking all set with him coming back and spinners bowling beautifully. Yuzvendra Chahal has been their most successful bowler so far with 10 scalps from 7 matches, while Isuru Udana has picked up 7 from 5 matches he played.
Washington Sundar has provided them with a much-needed control with an economy rate of 4.91 in the first half along with taking 5 wickets. RCB are looking for a more stable side with a settled bowling department as we move forward.
Fielding – 6.9
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been the sloppiest team in the field so far. They have dropped a total of 12 chances with a success rate of 69.2%. These chances have cost them around 130 runs with KL Rahul going on to get a hundred after RCB captain spilled a couple.
#5: Kings XI Punjab – 7.76
Team Performance – 7.3
KXIP are at bottom of the table with only 2 wins from 8 matches, and it is already looking an incredibly tough task for them to qualify from now on.
Batting – 8.7
If you only look at batting charts for this season, one would have expected KXIP to be at top of the points table. But that’s not the story as KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal occupying the top 2 spots in the league but their team lingering at the bottom in the points table.
Their openers have been fantastic with 387 & 337 runs respectively from the first 7 matches. Nicholas Pooran is at third position with 212 runs with an impressive strike-rate of 176.7 runs per 100 balls. He played a breathtaking knock of 77 against SRH at Dubai while chasing an improbable task.
Bowling – 7.2
This has been the main worry for Kings XI Punjab so far with the lack of impactful bowlers. Mohammed Shami is at the top with 10 scalps, but has remained expensive with an economy of 8.36. Young Ravi Bishnoi has bowled with a great heart and provided breakthroughs at crucial junctures. He has 8 wickets, while Sheldon Cottrell has picked up 6 wickets in as many matches.
Fielding – 7.9
Kings XI Punjab fielding has been moderate in line with tournament standards with 6 dropped chances. Their success rate is 79.3% in terms of catches taken till now. (Rating: 7.9)
#4: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7.82
Team Performance – 8.1
SRH have won 3 out of 8 matches they have played so far. Their overseas core needs to do the bulk of their work if they are to challenge teams from the top half.
Batting – 7.6
There are no surprises in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batting charts as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are leading the charge. Both are at 4th & 5th positions overall with 284 & 280 runs respectively. Manish Pandey is at the third position with 206 runs from 8 innings. But the issue historically for them begins after the top 3 where Kane Williamson remains their only experienced option.
Bowling – 8.1
After the injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the game against CSK, SRH were desperate for Indian talents to step up. And T Natarajan did exactly that in style with 9 wickets at a strike-rate of 20.6. Most teams are looking to play out Rashid Khan, but still, this Afghanistan Champion has come out on top with 10 wickets at an economy of 5.34 runs per over. Khaleel Ahmed has also made a difference with his left-arm angle and variations. He has picked up 8 wickets from just 6 innings so far.
Fielding – 7.5
There has not been a good picture in the fielding department for SRH. They have spilled a total of 7 catches with a success rate of 75%. Manish Pandey alone have dropped 3 chances, a real surprise given the quality fielder he is.
#3: Kolkata Knight Riders – 7.83
Team Performance – 8
KKR are at fourth position in the points table with 4 wins & 3 losses. They would be hoping to get their acts together in the batting department very soon, otherwise, teams from the bottom half could catch them very soon.
Batting – 7.1
KKR batting lineup has been at the centre of discussion among the experts regarding the tactics they have used so far. They have not settled upon their best batting lineup yet and as a result, you can see moderate returns from their batsmen. Shubman Gill is at the top with 254 runs at an average of 42.33, while Eoin Morgan is significantly behind at second place with 175 runs. Nitish Rana closes out the top 3 with mere 150 runs.
Bowling – 7
The same story can be seen in their bowling numbers as well. But here the reason behind that is that bowlers have shared workloads among them perfectly. Andre Russell has become their designated death bowler and has scalped 6 wickets on the course. Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine are jointly second with 5 wickets each.
Fielding – 9.2
Kolkata Knight Riders have remained one of the safer fielding sides with a 92% success rate in terms of catches taken, which is the highest among all the teams. KKR have only dropped two chances in the field, which is quite excellent.
#2: Delhi Capitals – 8.2
Team Performance – 7.3
Delhi Capitals are sitting at 1st position in the league table with 6 wins and 2 losses in the first 8 matches. They are in a position from where they can aim for a top 2 finish.
Batting – 7.1
Delhi Capitals batting numbers have been dominated by their Indian core so far. Captain Shreyas Iyer has led by the example with almost 300 runs from the first 7 matches, while Prithvi Shaw is following him closely with 202 runs. Shikhar Dhawan is in the third position with 258 runs; thanks to a couple of good knocks. Marcus Stoinis is striking at 178.6, and has given them much needed impetus towards the end. Meanwhile, Pant has been consistent, but hasn’t had big scores to his name.
Bowling – 8.8
The Bowling lineup has set the base for Delhi Capitals’ success this year. Ricky Ponting has gone with an extra bowling option and that decision has paid rich dividends. Kagiso Rabada is leading the wickets charts among all the teams with 18 scalps at an average of 12.5. He has taken wickets at an incredible strike-rate of 9.8, which is best by some margin in the league. His South African partner Anrich Nortje has 10 wickets, while Axar Patel has taken 7. The left-arm spinner has an unbelievable economy rate of 5.05 from the first 8 matches.
Fielding – 8
Delhi Capitals have fielded poorly so far and have spilled 10 chances. These chances have cost them a total of 112 runs. They are having a success rate of 80.4% in terms of catches taken.
#1: Mumbai Indians – 8.56
Team Performance – 8
Mumbai Indians are the most celebrated franchise in IPL history with 4 titles. They are known as ‘slow starters’ but they have been switched on right from the word go this year after that loss against CSK on the first night. MI are at 2nd position with 5 wins and 2 losses from the first half.
Batting – 7.9
Suryakumar Yadav is knocking on the doors of an India call-up for the last couple of years, and he hasn’t done any harm to his chances this year so far. He is leading the charge for Mumbai Indians with 233 runs from 7 innings at an average of 38.8 and his knock of 79* guided MI to a competitive total against Rajasthan Royals. Rohit Sharma is in the second position with 216 runs while his opening partner Quinton de Kock occupies the third spot with 191 runs. MI openers have remained hot and cold till now, and both are looking for some consistency in terms of run-scoring pattern.
Bowling – 8
Mumbai Indians bowling attack is well led by three international fast bowlers. Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah have taken 11 wickets each, while Australian James Pattinson has been a revelation this season with 9 wickets. Jasprit Bumrah has delivered 48.2% of his balls as dot ones, which is pretty good control if you look at the average scores this season. Rahul Chahar has been impressive, but would like more wickets against his name in the second half.
Fielding – 8.9
Mumbai Indians have been the second-best fielding team so far in the competition. They have dropped only 4 chances, and are having a success rate of 88.9%. Their drops haven’t been as costly as one would have expected, which is good.
So, looking at the overall performance rating of all the teams across different categories for the first half of IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab have been the best batting team, Delhi Capitals have been the best bowling team, Kolkata Knight Riders have been the best fielding team, whereas Mumbai Indians have been the best overall team.
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Dharmik is an Author at AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics. He is an avid Cricket lover who fell in love with the game when Australia won the ’99 WC at the age of 6.