If you’ve watched the Vivo IPL 2018 so far you would have seen that till now the team batting 2nd second has usually won the game. Why is this so? Is it just a pure coincidence? Or is there a reason behind it ? This is not just happening in just these t20 leagues but almost in every international match played. If you wanna know why this happens, then you are at the right place.
Let’s come to the basics first, as you know every game starts with a toss, and this toss is very crucial for any team’s success, because it gives them an early advantage , which if they seize on , then they become victorious. There are many factors deciding the reason behind teams usually preferring to bat 2nd and here are few of them.
1. Pitch :
This is 1 of the key factors in deciding the progress of the game,pitches are completely different across different venues and based on this teams decide when to bat.Generally in the mornings or in the start of the match, the pitch is more suitable for bowlers as it gives them just the right amount of swing making it tough for the batsmen, but as the day progresses, the pitch gradually becomes ineffective favoring the team batting 2nd. Hence, they usually get an idea how the pitch behaves and how they can adjust to it accordingly. However, not everything is constant as there are few exceptions to this, that is, as bowlers bowl on these hard pitches , they start to develop cracks and if the ball falls on these cracks , then even you don’t know which way the ball will turn and there is always a chance of the ball kissing the edge of the bat giving more chances for the fielding team.
Like this pitch is an important factor in deciding whether who bats first, it does vary a lot and depends on the teams perspective, if the pitch develops cracks early on then its better to have a bowl first and assess the pitch before you come to bat.
2. Dew Factor :
This is a general factor teams usually keep in their mind , though it may look small , it is capable of turning the game around on its own! Except for the pitch, almost the whole part of the ground is covered with grass, and during the course of the game, you could see small droplets of water on the grass, and this is dew , in simple terms , caused due to condensation of water. This isn’t something to take lightly as , once the dew starts playing its role then this is what happens.
The ball tends to slip from your hands and this leads to miss-fields costing a lot, you cannot easily grip the ball, thus this may eventually lead to a difficulty while catching, players tend to slip and fall down getting injured while chasing the ball towards the boundary, and injuries are not at all welcome by any team . Even while bowling , especially for the spinners, gripping the ball to make it turn becomes tough and they tend to give more extras or full tosses on which no batsman will miss out. Overall, dew is something that the staff usually take into consideration during the toss of a match.
3. The Psychological Advantage :
Though the title may not clearly specify my intentions properly , but this is something a team mostly looks into before the start of a game. Now if a team bats on a pitch and gives you a target, you know now the required run rate and at what rate to score.This basically allows a batsman to take just the right amount of risks or no risks at all while batting providing a solid foundation for their team’s win. The team batting second now knows how to assess the game as he has the target in front of him, if the target is big then he knows when he must try to hit hard and when he can just settle with ones or twos.
This basically puts the team batting second out of pressure as they have almost everything they want in front of them and it is now up to them to hit the winning runs.But again there are exceptions , if suppose the team batting second doesn’t bowl well initially then he has to face a huge target and this can put the batsmen in serious pressure, trying to hit every delivery that comes to them.So like this , the batting first can capitalize on and add pressure , and pressure can make things go absurd. Even the easiest can be made the toughest. So every team basically tries to capitalize on this psychological advantage to win the game.
So these were the main factors as to why teams mostly prefer batting in the later parts of the game.Although there might be exceptions equaling this these are the main factors anybody keeps in mind while playing the gentleman’s game.
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