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Analysis: Statistics show life tough for batsmen

In the nine ICC U19 World Cup matches at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, life has been difficult for batsmen.

Analysis: Statistics show life tough for batsmen - Cricket News
In the nine ICC U19 World Cup matches at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, life has been difficult for batsmen.
 
 
Ahead of Sunday's final between Australia and India - which will be played at the same venue - we analyse the batting statistics at the ground.
 
Batting first is often seen as an advantage in 50-over cricket but four countries have pulled off successful run-chases at Tony Ireland Stadium, with the side who bats first averaging just 213 runs at the venue.
 
And when you take away the two games involving Nepal, the average dips to 193 runs.
 
Early wickets have been a regular feature of matches at the ground, with at least one wicket falling in the first five overs of an innings on 12 of the 18 possible occasions.
 
In Game Seven at the venue, India lost three wickets in their first five overs, while Pakistan saw two batsmen depart in the same period.
 
Australia and England both lost two wickets in the first five overs in Game One at the venue and the same happened in the recent semi-final between the Aussies and South Africa.
 
Only Australia's Cameron Bancroft and Zimbabwe's Malcolm Lake have scored centuries at the venue.
 
Bancroft scored 125 in his side's 212-run thrashing of Nepal while Lake smashed 118 off 107 balls in a superb solo effort against India.
 
Of the 20 players to score a half-century, only five went on to pass more than 67, with Bancroft and Lake joined by England's Ben Foakes (92), Australia's Kurtis Patterson (86) and India's Unmukt Chand (78).
 
Amazingly, 13 of those 20 have been dismissed between 50 and 57 as players have struggled to go on with the job once raising their bat for the first time.
 
These statistics highlight just how difficult it has been for players to spend a significant amount of time at the crease and convert it into runs at Tony Ireland Stadium.
 
Bowlers have enjoyed the conditions on offer and it is has been difficult for the batsmen, particularly against the new ball.
 
So if one Australian or Indian player can score a century on Sunday, history suggests that it will go a long way to giving them victory and the 2012 ICC U19 World Cup trophy.

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