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D/L method comes under heavy fire

cricket Updated: Apr 20, 2011 00:20 IST
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Chennai Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming, slammed the Duckworth-Lewis method after his team lost to the Kochi Tuskers Kerala on Monday, saying the formula made no sense at all. "It is utter rubbish," thundered Fleming at the post-match media briefing.

"I just don't understand it. How can you add just three runs to the total when you have players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Albie Morkel at the crease for another three overs," he fumed. "It is a disadvantage. There is an anomaly and shouldn't be around. Chennai were 20 runs short."

The Super Kings had finished at 131 for the loss of four wickets after a 95-minute rain stoppage forced the match to be reduced by three overs a side. But Kochi were set a revised target of 135, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method, which meant only three runs were added to Chennai's total. "We knew it was going to rain and so we thought we had an advantage," said Fleming. "But at the end of the day, the rain interruption cost us the match."

Kochi Tuskers captain Mahela Jayawardene too supported the call for a review. "It has to be reviewed. The Duckworth-Lewis method was for the ODIs. So once you apply that in T20s, it becomes different," he said.