Women’sWorldT20: A step-up in the women’s game


Women’sWorldT20: 4 – Number of Women’s World T20 titles for Australia. They previously won the titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 before finishing runners-up to West Indies in the 2016 edition.

Like in this edition, they beat England in the summit clash in 2012 and 2014.

Women’sWorldT20 history at a glance

SeasonHostsTeamsWinnerRunner UpMost runsMost wickets
2009England8EnglandNew ZealandA Watkins (200)H Colvin (9)
2010West Indies8AustraliaNew ZealandS McGlashan (147)N Bowne/ D David (9)
2012/13Sri Lanka8AustraliaEnglandC Edwards (172)J Hunter (11)
2013/14Bangladesh10AustraliaEnglandM Lanning (257)A Shrubsole (13)
2015/16India10West IndiesAustraliaStephanie Taylor (246)S Devine/ D Dottin/ L Kasperek (9)
2018/19West Indies10AustraliaEnglandA Healy (225)D Dottin/ A Gardner/ M Schutt (10)

4 – Man of the Match awards won by Australia’s wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy – the most by a player in a single edition of the Women’s World T20. She went past England’s Anya Shrubsole’s three such awards in the 2014 edition of the tournament. She finished the leading run-getter with 225 runs along with 12 dismissals behind the wicket and was also adjudicated Man of the Series for her efforts.

A step up in the power game despite struggle for the batters

75 – Sixes hit in the tournament – the highest-ever in a single edition of Women’s World T20. In terms sixes per game, the ratio of 3.41 (75 sixes from 22 matches) is surpassed only in one other instance – 53 sixes from 15 games in 2010 (3.53 maximums per match).

48.51 – Percentage of runs scored off the bat that came from boundaries alone – the most in a season of Women’s World T20. Along with 75 maximums, 440 boundaries were also hit. The previous highest was 48.29% in the inaugural edition in England in 2009 while the lowest was 42.61% in the 2010 edition in the Caribbean.

16.11 – Average runs per wicket in the tournament – the lowest-ever in a Women’s World T20. Despite an increase in percentage of runs scored from boundaries and more sixes hit, the batters found the going tough on the slow tracks of the Caribbean. The tournament run-rate of 6.03 was only a slight upgrade from 5.99 in the previous tournament in India two years ago.

Batting numbers – editions wise

YearMatAvgSR100s50sSixesBoundary %Sixes/mat

2.76 – Difference between batting and bowling average in World T20 2018 – the lowest difference between bat and ball in a single edition of the tournament. Like all the previous editions, this season also witnessed ball (average of 17.75) dominating the bat (14.98)

Spin and pace on an equal footing

140 – Wickets taken by spinners in the tournament from 22 matches at 6.36 wickets per game – both the highest-ever in a single edition of the Women’s World T20. Spinners took a wicket every 18.3 balls which turns out to be the best for a season while the average of 18.50 per wicket was bettered only once before – 17.73 in 2010. Spinners bowled 52.73% of the total overs which happens to be the highest percentage of overs bowled by the ilk in a single edition of the tournament.

Spinners in each edition of the tournament

YearWktsOversPer of oversAvgERSR

17.07 – Average for pacers in the tournament – the best-ever for a single edition of the Women’s World T20. The strike-rate of 17.7 also happens to be the best in a season for the pacers while their economy rate of 5.76 is dwarfed only by 5.70 in the 2012 season in Sri Lanka. Four of the top five wicket-takers in the tournament were pacers – Deandra Dottin (10), Megan Schutt (10) and Ellyse Perry (9)

Pacers in each edition of the tournament

YearWktsOversPer of oversAvgERSR

1.43 – The difference in average between spin and pace in 2018 Women’s World T20. In none of the previous five editions was the difference less than two. Likewise, the difference in strike-rate reads 0.6 – first time ever it is below one. There was little to choose between spin and pace, a first in the tournament’s short history.

Other key numbers from the tournament

194/5 by India against New Zealand in the opening game in Providence is the highest team total in the history of the tournament. The previous record was 191/4 by Australia against Ireland in Sylhet in 2014. West Indies’ 187/5 against Sri Lanka in St Lucia sits in the third place.

46 by Bangladesh against the hosts Windies on the opening day of the tournament in Providence happens to be the lowest team total in Women’s World T20. The entire innings lasted 14.4 balls which makes it the shortest completed innings in Women’s World T20. The previous lowest total was Bangladesh’s 58/9 in 20 overs against England in Sylhet in 2014 World T20.

225 – Runs scored by Alyssa Healy – the highest in World T20 2018. Overall it is the fourth-highest in a single edition of the tournament and the highest tally for a wicketkeeper in a season.

103 by Harmanpreet Kaur is the third century in Women’s World T20 after Meg Lanning’s 126 against Ireland in Sylhet in 2014 and Deandra Dottin’s unbeaten 112 against South Africa in Basseterre in 2010. It is also the first three-figure score for India in the shortest format.

21 – Balls taken by Australia’s Alyssa Healy and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine to reach their respective fifties against Ireland – the fastest in tournament’s history. Both the knocks came at the Providence Stadium. There has been only one quicker fifty in Women’s T20I history – off 18 balls by Devine against India in Bengaluru in 2005.

3– Bowlers taking ten or more wickets in World T20 2018 – Dottin and the Australian duo of Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schutt. There have been only three previous instances of bowlers taking ten or more wickets in a season in the history of the tournament – 11 by Julie Hunter in 2012, 13 by Anya Shrubsole in 2014 and ten by Natalie Sciver in the same season.

5/5 by Deandra Dottin are the best bowling figures in Women’s World T20 bettering South Africa’s Sune Luus 5/8 against Ireland in Chennai in 2016. India’s Priyanka Roy (5/16 vs Pakistan) in Taunton in 2009 and Australia’s Julie Hunter (5/22 vs West Indies) in Colombo RPS in 2012 are the others to take five-fers in the previous seasons of the tournament.

** All stats in the above copy refer only to Women’s T20 Internationals


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