Proteas star Anrich Nortje

Anrich Nortje celebrates after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

TOP PERFORMERS: Nortje leading the way for Proteas at T20 World Cup

As the Super 12 section of the T20 World Cup draws towards its end, here is a look at the top performers so far in the competition.

Proteas star Anrich Nortje

Anrich Nortje celebrates after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

The four semi-finalists in the T20 World Cup are set to be decided after this weekend, with the Proteas on the verge of qualifying, although they will first need to secure a good win over England on Saturday.

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Although some teams have played more than others, it is interesting to see who has been setting the pace in the tournament stats.

Wanindu Hasaranga from Sri Lanka is well ahead in terms of wickets taken (16), with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan next best with 11, but both of those teams have played five games and will go no further in the competition.

From a South African perspective, it’s Nortje who has moved info fifth place on the wicket-takers list, having claimed eight scalps so far. Dwaine Pretorius is next best in 11th after taking seven wickets.

Nortje has also impressed with a miserly economy of 4.56, which sees him lie fifth on those standings. The Proteas paceman also pops up as the leading South African when it comes to the best bowling figures in the competition, with his 3/8 against Bangladesh placing him 13th on the overall list.

On the batting front, Charith Asalanka of Sri Lanka sits at the top of the runs tally, having scored 231 at an average of 46.20, but he is certain to be overtaken before the end of the competition.

In-form England star Jos Buttler could well go on to finish the tournament a the leading run scorer after already scoring 214 in four innings.

Some of South Africa’s struggles with the bat are reflected by the fact that their best-placed runs scorer is Aiden Markram down in 25th place on the overall list, with the big-hitting right-hander having accumulated 110 runs at an average of 36.66.

The next best South African is Temba Bavuma in 35th (with 91 runs to his name).

In terms of best batting averages it’s David Miller who leads the way for South Africa, with his 44.0 average aided by his unbeaten heroics against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas’ next game against England will get under way at 16:00.

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