The data provided on this site is in a YAML format. This document describes the organisation of the file and attempts to give some idea of the possible contents for each field. You can also see the changes between data versions.
meta: data_version: 0.8 created: 2009-08-15 revision: 1
The version of the data format the file contains. For example, the document you’re reading details version 0.8 of the data format. The actual content of this field will be in the form X.Y, where X is the major version number, and Y indicates the revision. For example, 1.2 indicates the file refers to the 2nd revision of version 1.
The major version number will only be updated when there are substantial, or critical, changes to the format of the file. For minor changes, such as the addition of a new field, only the revision will be updated. Ideally minor changes should be able to happen without affecting anything which is using the data.
The date on which the data file was first created. This will be in the format YYYY-MM-DD, for example 2010-12-06.
The revision number for this data version of the file. When first created this will be 1, and it will increment on subsequent revisions.
info: city: Cape Town dates: - 2011-01-02 - 2011-01-03 - 2011-01-04 - 2011-01-05 - 2011-01-06 gender: male match_type: Test outcome: by: runs: 6 winner: Chennai Super Kings teams: - South Africa - India toss: decision: field winner: India umpires: - IJ Gould - SJA Taufel venue: Newlands
The balls of any bowl-out. This will contain 1 entry (an associative array) for each ball bowled in the bowl-out, with the entries bowler, and outcome.
This is the bowler who bowled the ball in the bowl-out.
This is the outcome of the bowl-out ball, either hit, or miss.
The city in which the game took place.
The competition the match was part of. At the moment this value, if provided, will be always be IPL, however this should not be regarded as the only possible option.
The dates on which the game took place. If there is just one day, for example in a T20 match, then it will be an array containing just that one date.
The gender of the players who took part on the match. At the moment this value will be either female, or male, however these should not be regarded as the only possible options.
The type of match this data file refers to. Currently the possible values are Test, ODI, T20, IT20 (International T20), ODM (One-day match) or MDM (multi-day match).
If this is in the file then the value will be 1. This indicates that the game was played on venue neither team would regard as a home ground.
The data for this field is an associative array which details the outcome of the match this data file refers to. It contains information such as which team won the match, whether the game was a draw, tie, or no result, and any margin of victory.
This entry is an associate array which details how much the winning team won by. It is an associative array with the possible values of innings, runs, and wickets.
If the match was won was by an innings and something then this entry will appear with a value of 1, for the 1 innings.
If the match was won by a number of runs, or and innings and a number of runs, then this will contain the runs.
If the match was won by a number of wickets, then this will contain the number of wickets.
This field will list the winner of any bowl-out which decides a tie in a T20 match.
This field will list the winner of any elimination super-over which decides a tie in a T20 match.
This field will detail any method used to determine the winner where a match has been curtailed for some reason. Currently the only value this will contain is D/L when a match uses the Duckworth Lewis method.
The result of the match if the match was not won by one of the teams. Currently the possible values are draw, no result or tie.
If a team won the match then the name of the team will be here.
If the match_type is one of ODI, T20 or IT20 then this will indicate how many overs there are in each innings. Likely to be 50 for ODI matches, or 20 for T20 or IT20 matches.
If this field appears then it will contain an array of any players who were adjudged to be the player of the match.
An array containing the teams who played in the match. There will always be two entries. If the match is not being played on a neutral venue the first team listed will be the home team.
This will list the team which won the toss, and will be one of the teams listed as playing this match.
The decision made by the team winning the toss. This will be either bat or field.
An array containing the umpires who adjudicated in the match. There will always be two entries.
The venue in which the game took place.
innings: - 1st innings: team: Ireland deliveries: - 0.1: batsman: WTS Porterfield bowler: IK Pathan extras: wides: 1 non_striker: JP Bray runs: batsman: 0 extras: 1 total: 1 - 0.2: batsman: WTS Porterfield bowler: IK Pathan non_striker: JP Bray runs: batsman: 0 extras: 0 total: 0 - 2nd innings: team: India deliveries: - 0.1: batsman: G Gambhir bowler: WB Rankin non_striker: RG Sharma runs: batsman: 4 extras: 0 total: 4
An array of associative arrays, each representing an innings within the game, in the order in which they took place. Each associative array has a single key (such as ‘1st innings’) which specifies the “name” of the innings and then the value is a further associative array with the details of that innings, such as the team batting, and the deliveries faced within the innings.
An simple example is show above, showing 2 innings of a one-day match. The first innings shows Ireland facing 2 balls, with William Porterfield, while the second innings shows 1 ball of the Indian reply.
The team which is batting must be specified in the data for the innings. This will be one of the two teams mentioned in the teams section for the match.
If this field is provided it will be an array of players who did not take part in the innings due to being absent hurt.
innings: - 1st innings: team: Ireland penalty_runs: pre: 5 deliveries: ...
If this field is provided it will be a simple associative array which details any penalty runs added either before or after the innings. If penalty runs were added at the start of the innings they will be included in the pre field, whereas penalty runs added after the innings will be in the post field. The example above shows penalty runs added at the start of the innings.
If this is in the file then the value will be yes. This indicates that the innings was declared.
An array of associative arrays each representing a delivery within the innings, in the order in which they took place. Each associative array has a single key (such as 23.5) which specifies the particular ball (in that case the 5th ball of the 24th over), then the value is a further associative array with the details of that delivery.
The batsman who faced the delivery.
The player who was the non-striker for the delivery.
The bowler who bowled the delivery.
The data for this field is a simple associative array which details the breakdown of the runs scored from the ball. It breaks the runs down to show which the batsman scored, which were extras, and the total scored from the ball. There is also the ability to indicate that a 4 or 6 was not an actual boundary should, for example if the batsmen ran a 4.
The total number of runs scored by the batsman off the ball. If the batsman failed to score this will show 0.
The total number of runs conceded via extras off the ball. If no extras were conceded this will show 0.
If this is listed against the delivery then the value will be 1. This indicates that the 4 or 6 scored was not via an actual boundary.
The total number of runs scored off this delivery. If no runs were scored from the delivery then this will display 0.
The data for this field is an associative array providing the details of any super-substitution which happened before this delivery took place. It shows who was substituted in and out, and which team it was for.
The name of the player who came in as part of the substitution.
The name of the player who went out as part of the substitution.
The name of the team the substitution was for.
If a wicket occurs then this entry will be in the file and will provide details on the wicket, such as which player is out, what type of dismissal it was, and any fielders who were involved.
In the *very unlikely* case that a wicket falls and another player retires hurt on the same ball, this will be an array containing an entry for each wicket. At the moment we only have a single match that meets this criteria, the 1st Test between Pakistan and Australia in 2014.
The kind of dismissal that took place. This will be one of bowled, caught, caught and bowled, lbw, stumped, run out, retired hurt, hit wicket, obstructing the field, hit the ball twice, handled the ball, or timed out.
The name of the player who is out.
Any fielders who were involved in the dismissal. Generally this will be the player who took a catch, or who was involved in a run-out.
If extras were conceded from this delivery then this will indicate how the extras came about. The value of the field will be an associative array with byes, legbyes, noballs, penalty, and wides as the possible keys, and the associated value for each will be the number of runs from each. In the example shown above Irfan Pathan bowled a wide on the first ball of the Irish innings.