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Key Insights into the Super 12 Venues of the T20 World Cup

There’s been plenty of talk regarding the venues of the T20 World Cup. People have been calling these surfaces across the UAE boring and so far the cricket hasn’t been of the highest quality. We’ve seen far too many one-sided affairs in the competition and the team batting first has had a major disadvantage.

But has this been the case across all three venues from the Super 12 stage? Let’s find out.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL STADIUM

Out of the seven matches played so far at the Dubai International Stadium, seven have been won by the team batting second. This hundred per cent record for chasing tells you how much better it is to be bowling first. Toss has played a crucial role in swaying the match result. The highest score batting first has been just 154 that was set by Sri Lanka against Australia and was easily chased down by the Aussies with three overs to spare.

Batters have struggled at this venue and the average run rate has been just 7.37, making the average score 147. Interestingly, this run rate per over isn’t the worst in the tournament. Abu Dhabi has seen matches where run-scoring has been far more difficult than at Dubai.

SHARJAH STADIUM

When people talk about Sharjah, they expect balls flying everywhere even outside the ground onto the highway that runs right along the stadium but such hasn’t been the case so far in the competition. Even though the boundaries at Sharjah aren’t the biggest, batters have struggled to score the big runs expected of them.

The Sharjah wicket has been relaid and we saw in the second leg of the Indian T20 League that the ball was keeping low and it was difficult to score big runs. The conditions have got a bit better leading into the World Cup but still aren’t ideal. Out of the three venues for the Super 12, Sharjah has produced the most free-flowing runs. Batters have scored at a rate of 7.63 at this venue and the most recent match saw Jos Buttler score a masterful century against Sri Lanka.

Batting second has been an advantage here as well but not to the extent that we’ve seen in Dubai. Two teams have managed to win out of six games batting first, so there’s hope for the captains that lose the toss at Sharjah.

SHEIKH ZAYED STADIUM, ABU DHABI

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi has seen the least number of games played from the Super 12 stage so far. With just a small sample size of four games, we can conclude that batting has by far been the toughest in Abu Dhabi.

The average run rate has been hovering around 6.34 and it gives you the indication that the batters haven’t managed to get on top of the conditions at the venue yet. The last match in Abu Dhabi was when the Afghan batters seemed comfortable in the middle and put on 160 against Namibia, which is the highest score of the venue so far in the competition.

For absolute clarity regarding the surface, we need to wait for a few more fixtures on the ground.

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