13 CHANDIGARH SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 Sport What does it take to succeed in the IPL? The death overs hold the key to winning reflected in the results till 2015, where 45 out of their 79 wins came defending. On Chennai’s return in 2018 from a two-year ban though, 15 out of their 21 wins have come batting second. While Chennai or Hyderabad may have relied on a saner approach, dividing the chase into small phases of two or three overs, the presence of the belligerent Andre Russell encouraged Kolkata Knight Riders to switch gears only in the death overs. That explains KKR’S spectacular average of 12.78 in the death overs during successful chases across the last two editions, the highest among all teams. Mumbai Indians are second, averaging 11.35. The attacking shot percentage during death overs is a good indicator of how the penchant for leaving it till late is increasingly something teams don’t shy away from. Since 2014, the figure has hovered around the mid 70s, as opposed to the high 60s in the first six editions. It directly affects the run rate as a result, with teams averaging just above 10 in the death overs since 2014, as opposed to around 9.5 before that. That in turn has led to bigger scores. If 170 and above is set as the bar, then IPL teams have gotten better at it every year. In 2014, there were 38 scores of 170 and above. In subsequent editions, the number has risen to 40, 43, 45, 54 and 55. What of the bowling? During the initial years of the IPL, franchises struggled with bowling resources primarily because T20 cricket was assumed to be a batsman’s game. It isn’t. CSK showed the way by curbing opposition teams’ run flows during the powerplay with R Ashwin’s opening gambits, a strategy many teams went on to imitate. Only KKR has done it with sustained success, riding on Sunil Narine. Teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab on the other hand have often copped big losses despite batsmen setting them up with huge scores. That remains the biggest reason why they are yet to win an IPL edition. On an average, Kings XI Punjab have conceded 11.89 runs during the death overs in unsuccessful defences across the last two editions, the worst show among all teams. Bangalore are second, averaging 11.4, followed by Rajasthan Royals with 11.23. The reason some teams are yet to solve the death overs bowling dilemma is because it’s an evolving art form, and definitely not only about yorkers or slower deliveries. In the later stages of an innings, the modern T20 batsman is smarter about not twitching the instant the ball comes out of the bowler’s hand. And there is always the risk of a yorker going wrong and landing as a juicy half volley when batsmen are looking to clear the infield. That is where adding a back of the length ball in the mix confuses batsmen. Statistics suggest that even though the percentage of slower deliveries bowled per match hasn’t changed much over the years, there is definitely a spike in back of the length deliveries in the last three editions. Let’s take you back to the 2019 final again, where Mumbai squeezed past CSK by one run. For quite a while now, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, the two undisputed kings of the yorker, have taken care of the last four overs, making Mumbai Indians the most effective death bowling team apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad. With CSK needing 62 in the last five overs, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma gave the ball to Malinga hoping it would kill the game. It didn’t. Shane Watson took 20 runs in the 16th over from Malinga before he blasted three sixes off Krunal Pandya in the 18th to bring the equation down to 18 from 12 balls. In between those two poundings, Bumrah slipped in a four-run over before returning to concede another nine in the 19th. Malinga eventually defended the total in the last over but had it not been for Bumrah, the game would have been over much before. Out of Bumrah’s last 12 balls, nine were back of the length deliveries. Not only did it help Bumrah finish with figures of 4-0-14-2, it also helped him garner enviable economies of 6.88 and 6.63 in the last two editions. A few patterns have emerged: bat second, explode at the death, add the back of the length ball to yorkers ANDRE RUSSELL Teams have been overwhelmingly choosing to bat second for the last four seasons, backed by an improving ability to attack more and accelerate faster towards the end. No total is safe, but bowlers have been adapting too, adding more variations Somshuvra Laha email@example.com In a rapidly evolving, blitzkrieg format like Twenty20, strategies change every year. And when it’s the Indian Premier League, where there is very little to separate two teams, the thinnest margins decide outcomes. Over the last two seasons, those margins have gotten finer and finer with as much as half of the matches witnessing last-over finishes. The average number of balls remaining in successful chases dipped to 8 last year, the first time it has touched single digits since 2009. The 13th edition adds more uncertainties to the mix; since the season will be played at only three venues in the UAE, teams will have to tinker with their strategies in the absence of a home and away routine. Expect slower starts, teams relying more on their slow bowling and the overall run rate taking a beating on account of slower outfields if there is no dew. The overall trends, however, may not change much. The first noticeable trend, at least since 2016, is the intent to chase. Till 2015, captains chose to field just over 50% of the matches where they won the toss. From 2016 onwards though, teams have overwhelmingly preferred the chase. What changed? One landmark innings may have played a key role—west Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smoking four consecutive sixes in the last over of the World Twenty20 final against England at Eden Gardens. It showed that no total is safe if the chasing team has wickets in hand. In the IPL that year, 68% matches were won by the chasing side, the highest across 12 editions. That World Twenty20 changed the way most teams treat this format, and Chennai Super Kings are a very good example of that. MS Dhoni has anchored some famous chases but he was originally more comfortable defending smaller scores with spinners. That NEW DELHI: 10 8 6 5 5 4 4 2 CSK MI KKR RCB SRH DC RR KXIP TOSS DECISIONS IN IPL 83 83 82 81 % sides fielding after winning toss 68 66 58 55 51 41 39 35 2008 2019 ACCELERATING AT THE DEATH Run Rate (Overs 16-20) 9.94 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 9.13 9.58 9.10 9.52 9.57 10.03 10.31 10.16 9.64 10.14 10.16 JASPRIT BUMRAH ATTACKING SHOT PERCENTAGE IN IPL 76 Overs 16-20 74 74 74 73 73 73 70 70 69 68 63 2008 2019 % OF BACK OF A LENGTH BALLS AT DEATH 35 Fast bowlers in overs 16-20 29 28 29 w 26 25 24 23 23 22 22 20 READ: No stadium access for media, only post-match press meet mandatory 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 STATS: CRICVIZ Businessnm Powered by More IPOS set to hit market next week amid high liquidity Temporary Play Store block for Paytm by Google Value proof a must for FTA benefit means that goods originating from China and routed through these countries will not be eligible for customs duty concessions under the FTA,” one of the officials said. The country of origin is determined by applying a certain set of conditions with respect to goods other than natural products native to these countries. The required condition is that a value addition of at least 35% of the export value of goods must have been contributed by the Asean member country, he said. “In addition, the goods should undergo some appreciable transformation. But rules are blatantly violated,” he said. Currently, a ‘country of origin’ certificate, issued by a notified agency in the country of export, is produced by the importer and there is no additional obligation on them to prove the origin of goods. Probes have revealed that the rules of origin, under respective FTAS, were not being followed in the true spirit, a second official said. “In a number of cases, it was discovered that items from Non-asean countries were being diverted into India through Asean countries with mere packing or repacking, assembly or some minor processes and declaring 35% value addition,” he said. This malpractice is rampant in electronic items such as mobile phones, television sets, set-top boxes, air conditioners, electronic parts and telecom equipment, he said. “The FTA partner countries have been exporting these goods without having the necessary technological capacity to achieve required value addition. Moreover, rules of origin were flouted even in products like aggarbatti, arecanut, black pepper, etc,” he added. Rajeev Jayaswal firstname.lastname@example.org New customs rules that kick in from Monday put the onus on importers to prove that goods enjoying concessional duty must have 35% value addition in the country with which India has a free trade agreement (FTA) failing which the importer will be denied FTA benefits for future consignments of identical goods, finance ministry officials said. The new rules have been implemented particularly to check the unprecedented surge in almost duty-free import of Chinese goods through some of the 10 countries with which India has liberal trade arrangements under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) FTA, two officials said requesting anonymity. India signed the Asean FTA in 2009 with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on August 21 notified—the Customs (Administration of Rules of Origin under Trade Agreements) Rules, 2020 or CAROTAR, 2020 —requiring detailed disclosures by importers to claim concessional duty benefits under trade agreements like FTAS. The CAROTAR 2020 will be enforced from September 21, 2020. The officials said the Asean FTA allows imports of most of the items at nil or concessional basic customs duty rate from the 10 Asean countries and most of the imports are from five members—indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. “The benefit of concessional customs duty rate applies only if an Asean member country is the ‘country of origin’ of goods. This NEW DELHI: warning. According to Softbank-backed Paytm, Google took this action because of Paytm’s two new cashback schemes that allowed users to earn scratch cards on its platform during IPL. The spokesperson claimed that the removal violated competition rules, given that Google Pay competes directly with the company. “This is a fairly aggressive move by Google. The question is that should Google have the ‘powers’ to call an initiative (around payments) as gambling; especially when they have a commercial interest in the ecosystem, with this amount of power. Clearly, this move shows that they are a ‘regulator’ of India’s digital ecosystem and can suspend any app, which is not a good place for India’s digital players,” the spokesperson said. According to Paytm, Google did send Paytm a written communication two weeks back, regarding its First Games mobile app. It denied that the matter was linked to the ban of the Paytm app from the Play Store. The ban on Paytm First Games may have been because of the efforts of the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports, which said Google was favouring certain fantasy gaming apps, hinting at Paytm First Games, said a second person who didn’t wish to be named. Most popular online gaming platforms, including Dream 11, WINZO and Mobile Premier League, are not listed or were taken down from the store. Tarush Bhalla and Abhijit Ahaskar email@example.com Google India removed the Paytm app from the Android Play Store for several hours on Friday, accusing it of violating its policies on gambling before restoring it later in the day after India’s largest startup complied with the tech giant’s rules. Google objected to Paytm’s integration of real-money gaming apps or websites into its main payments app, a person familiar with the development said. With the IPL season round the corner, Google India through a blogpost on Friday reiterated its guidelines on gambling for app developers. Paytm’s fantasy sports app, Paytm First Games, was also pulled from the Android Play Store. “We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies,” the Google blog post said. With close to 100 million downloads, Paytm’s removal can have a serious impact on the digital ecosystem. Paytm also competes with Google Pay in the digital payments market in India. A Paytm spokesperson said that it received an email from Google about the suspension on Friday without any prior BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: Computer Age Management Services, Chemcon Speciality Chemicals Ltd and Angel Broking will launch their IPOS next week. MINT Two issues will open for subscription on Monday: Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) and Chemcon Speciality Chemicals Ltd, followed by Angel Broking on Tuesday. The CAMS IPO will be open for subscription on 21-23 September at a price band of ₹1,229-1,230 per share. Existing shareholder NSE Investments Ltd is looking to sell its entire stake through the offering, which will fetch it ₹2,242 crore at the upper end of the band. With a price band of ₹338340 per share, the share sale of Chemcon will be open for subscription during 21-23 September. The specialty chemicals company aims to raise ₹318 crore at the upper end of the band. Riding on the strong wave of retail investors, Angel Broking will seek to raise as much as ₹600 crore through its three-day IPO that will close on 24 September. The price band has been fixed at ₹305-306 apiece. Huge listing gains seen in all the stock market listings in the last few months have lured investors, resulting in IPOS seeing heavy subscriptions. Shares of Happiest Minds Technologies Ltd more than doubled on their debut on Thursday. The stock soared 138% over its issue price on the first day itself. The ₹702-crore IPO was subscribed 151 times last week. The ₹600 crore issue of Route Mobile, which was subscribed 73 times, will list on Monday. INDIAN STOCKS HAVE REBOUNDED MORE THAN 50% FROM THEIR LOWS IN MARCH WHEN GOVT IMPOSED THE LOCKDOWN Nasrin Sultana firstname.lastname@example.org Three companies will launch initial public offerings (IPOS) worth ₹3,160 crore next week, hoping to benefit from an equity market awash with liquidity and a sharp increase in new retail investors. Indian stocks have rebounded more than 50% from their lows in March when the government imposed one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to contain Covid-19. This rally has ended a long spell of dry primary markets this year with three major IPOS since the outbreak witnessing strong subscriptions. “There is a flush of IPOS from mid-sized firms to take MUMBAI: advantage of the buoyant market conditions and a significant rise in retail participation. More importantly, there is a willingness to pay premium valuation to firms with differentiated business models and a reputed management team,” said Gaurav Dua, senior VP and head of capital market strategy and investments, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas.
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