Today’s eliminator between RCB vs KKR and Qualifier 2 is going to be played at Sharjah. The pitch at Sharjah has also been a little different this year in comparison to the last year. As a result, we analyse some numbers on how things have turned up at Sharjah.

The average score at Sharjah in the last 5 matches is 129, while the average score for teams batting first in the last 5 matches at this venue is 138. This clearly shows the batting has not been that easy in this venue as it was last year.

Win% at Sharjah

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We can clearly say that the captain who wins the toss should field first at Sharjah. In IPL 2021 at Sharjah, the teams batting second have won 62.5% of matches. We will now look at more numbers in terms of the run rate and balls per wickets ratio in different phases of the game in IPL 2021 at Sharjah.

Run Rate at Sharjah

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  • We can see in the above graph that the run rate in the second innings is quite higher compared to the first innings. In powerplay, the average run rate is 6.85 in first while 7.04 in second innings.
  • While in middle overs as well the run rate in the first innings is 6.42 and the second innings is 6.96.
  • In death overs as well the run rate in the second innings is higher. It is 7.63 in the first and 7.88 in the second innings in IPL 2021 in Sharjah.
  • Further overall as well the team batting second has a higher run rate of 7.26.

Wicket Taking at Sharjah

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*BPW Ratio –  Higher means fewer wickets taken

We can see that it is extremely difficult for bowlers to take wickets in the powerplay in the first innings at Sharjah in IPL 2021. The reason could be due to the freshness of the pitch and the ball coming easily onto the bat. In the death overs in the first innings, teams try to maximize scoring. This is the time when batting gets tougher and teams tend to lose most wickets.

Although the story is different in the powerplay in the second innings. Teams try to go hard in the powerplay thinking that the ball will still come on to the bat as nicely as in the first innings in the powerplay. But it is not the case and batsmen have to be more cautious while batting in the powerplay in the second innings. As a result, more wickets are lost in the powerplay in the second innings compared to the first innings.

The dew factor coming in the second innings makes bowling a little tougher. There are fewer wickets lost in the middle and death overs in the second innings in comparison to the first.

Sixes in Sharjah

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*Balls Per Six Ratio –  Higher means fewer sixes hit

Hitting Sixes in Sharjah has been not as easy as it was last year. The boundaries might be still of the same dimension but the slowness of the pitch has made it tougher for batsmen to hit the ball out of the park. We can also see in the above graph, how there is a huge difference between first and second innings in balls taken to hit a six. Some balls per six ratio numbers below in Sharjah.

  • It takes on average 28 balls in the powerplay in the first innings to hit a six, while just 18 balls in the second innings in the powerplay.
  • While in middle overs the difference is a little less between both innings for balls taken to hit a six. In the first innings on average it takes 33 balls to hit six and 24.5 balls in the second innings.

Conclusion

We can conclude that based on the above numbers it seems beneficial for teams to bat second at Sharjah. Sharjah is not a high scoring ground like last year and it has assistance for the bowlers.

Further, the top wicket-taker on this pitch in IPL 2021 surprisingly has been fast bowlers.  Batsmen have found it harder to play against pace bowlers compared to the spinners.The reason could be the variation in pace by the fast bowlers which makes it difficult for batsmen to hit the pacers.

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