Melbourne, March 20: India have mastered the art of playing the batting powerplays at the ICC World Cup 2015. This is one of the reasons for their unbeaten run so far.
Yesterday (March 19), India extended their winning run to 7 matches to book a spot in the semi-finals where they face either Australia or Pakistan, on March 26.
At the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday, India defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs in the second quarter-final.
One of the keys to India's success has been how well they have handled the batting powerplays. So far in 7 games in the tournament, they have not lost a single wicket in the batting powerplays. This is an amazing statistic.
When captain MS Dhoni was asked about yesterday's batting powerplay against Bangladesh where they scored 50/0 in 5 overs, he said they had done few mistakes in the past and it was important to play proper strokes.
"I think powerplay is something we have done well on and off. I don't think we have consistently done well in the powerplays," Dhoni said after the victory at MCG.
"What actually went wrong quite a few times was the fact that we actually lost a wicket just before the start of powerplay, and then, you know, you go into the first order, and the second order you lose one wicket, and from that point you can't really cash in during the powerplay, and I felt what we are doing well over here is we are playing proper strokes," he added.
'Not lottery system'
The wicketkeeper-batsman said it was important not to consider these five overs as a "lottery system". "What is important is not to consider powerplay as a lottery system were you're like, okay, five overs, we want to get 55, 60 runs. I think five overs if you look for 35 to 40 and if you bat well, you will end up getting 45 runs.
"Not only that, it actually gives you a bit of momentum going into the slog overs, and with two set batsmen and the bowler slightly on the back foot, you can accumulate more runs. I feel in the last few games that's what we have done, not aimed too high, but at the same time played quite a few proper cricketing shots, and that has really helped," he said.
There have been many instances where teams have lost momentum in the batting powerplay after going for big shots. But India seem to have got the power in powerplays.
India's scores in batting powerplays at World Cup 2015
Vs Pakistan in Adelaide - 25/0 (36-40)
Vs South Africa in Melbourne - 44/0 (36-40)
Vs UAE in Perth - 16/0 (17-18.5)
Vs West Indies in Perth - 21/0 (36-39.1)
Vs Ireland in Hamilton - 32/0 (34-36.5)
Vs Zimbabwe in Auckland - 39/0 (36-40)
Vs Bangladesh in Melbourne - 50/0 (36-40)