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Reading Comprehension 05 - Data Interpretation 2
This quiz is all about a cricket test series between India and Australia. See how well you can score!

Reading Comprehension 05 - Data Interpretation 2

In our daily lives, as well as at Upper Primary school, we are confronted with a variety of information. In English, Science and Maths, but also in newspapers and bus timetables. Comprehension of what it all means is called Data Interpretation.

While there is a tremendous quantum of information it is not possible for all of us to read and assimilate all the information, simply because of paucity of time. Just imagine if you were to read every word in the daily newspaper. You would need the whole day! Thus, we tend to sift information by quickly glancing at the headlines and choosing the ones that interest us for greater study.

Some of us are good at understanding the abstract and some of us are good at understanding numbers. Numbers do play a vital role in our daily lives and we are always bombarded with them. Data is defined in a dictionary as a series of observations, measurements, or facts. In effect, data consists of information which can be qualitative or quantitative. Since we are prone to lots of information being thrown at us we need to learn how to interpret the data that comes our way.

Sometimes interpretation of data is vital. For instance, if you have gone in for a medical checkup and you get the medical reports. Even though your doctor would do the interpretation for you it becomes necessary for you to have a comprehension of the reports. If for instance, you get confused between ‘greater than’ or ‘lesser than’ you could go horribly wrong in interpreting the information that is available in the report.

In today’s world, questions are of the objective type and in such a scenario it is imperative that you understand the fundamentals. For a comprehension of the fundamentals the basic requirement is to interpret the data perfectly. The passage that follows is data on some cricket statistics of the recently concluded India-Australia test cricket series. Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow to gauge your data interpretation skills.
In the recently concluded 2014-2015 Australia v India – Cricket Test Series the following were some of the highlights of the series:

The series was won by Australia.

The first and second tests in Adelaide and Brisbane were won by Australia and the third and fourth tests at Melbourne and Sydney were drawn.

The two captains, Smith and Kohli, were the leading run scorers for their respective sides.

Smith amassed 769 runs from 8 innings and Kohli scored 692 runs from 8 innings.

Both scored four centuries. Smith also had two scores of fifty and Kohli had one score of fifty.

The next leading scorers for Australia were Warner, with 427 runs, three centuries and no scores of fifty and Rogers with 417 runs, no centuries and 8 scores of fifty.

For India, the next leading scorers after Kohli were Vijay, with 482 runs, 1 century and 4 scores of fifty, and Rahane, with 399 runs, 1 century and 2 scores of fifty.
Australia won the recently concluded test cricket series against India. What was the winning margin?
Australia won the first two tests while the next two tests were drawn. Thus the winning margin was 2-0
How many runs were scored by the top three Australian batsmen in the series?
427 runs
417 runs
769 runs
1613 runs
The top three batsmen for Australia were Smith, Warner and Rogers who scored 769, 427 and 417 runs respectively and the sum total of these three scores is 1613
By how many runs did the top three Australian batsmen outscore the top three Indian batsmen?
55 runs
40 runs
77 runs
10 runs
The top three batsmen from Australia score 1613 runs while the top three Indian batsmen scored 1573 runs and hence Australia outscored India by 40 runs
Between the six batsmen how many centuries were scored?
10 centuries
11 centuries
13 centuries
15 centuries
There were 13 centuries and the breakup is four each by Smith and Kohli, three by Warner and one each by Vijay and Rahane
How many innings in total were played by the six batsmen from both sides?
Information not available in the passage.
The information available in the passage is incomplete as only the number of innings played by Smith and Kohli are given whereas the number played by the other batsmen is not explicit. It is quite possible that the other batsmen played less than 8 innings each
Average is a statistic that is normally used by cricket statisticians to highlight a batsman's performance on a per innings basis. The average is obtained by dividing the total number of runs by the number of innings played. Who had the highest average?
Smith had the highest average at 96.125 whereas Kohli had 86.5
Which of the six batsmen did not score a century?
Rogers did not score a century whereas the others all did
Which batsman scored the highest number of fifties?
Rogers scored 8 fifties, the highest among all the six batsmen
Which batsman had no scores of fifty?
Warner had no score of fifty, while he scored 3 centuries
Leaving out the top batsmen on either side, which country's next two best batsmen outscored the other country's next two best batsmen and by how much?
Indian batsmen outscored Australian batsmen by 37 runs.
Australian batsmen outscored Indian batsmen by 37 runs.
Australian batsmen outscored Indian batsmen by 40 runs.
Indian batsmen outscored Australian batsmen by 40 runs.
India's Vijay and Rahane scored 881 runs while Australia's Warner and Rogers scored 844 runs; the difference being 37 runs
Author:  V T Narendra

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