The Duckworth Lewis method was not designed to fit T20 cricket and nobody is pretending otherwise. It is an acceptable compromise in 50-over cricket when rain threatens to ruin a game, but 20-over cricket is far too short to be able to predict an ‘average’ score.
I’m not just saying this because we lost to RCB on Saturday. In fact, it felt similarly strange when we beat the Super Kings on the D/L method a few days ago. Even though we were well placed when it rained and most people said it was the right result, it didn’t feel ‘right’.
It didn’t feel ‘right’ losing to Bangalore on Saturday either, because we could have easily put on 150+ the board and that puts the chasing team under pressure. Then again, Chris Gayle might have scored 70 if we'd done that.
Not the real thing
Using the D/L method to decide the result of a game is like playing golf with a yellow ball. It’s not the real thing and it feels cheap, but you do it if you have to. It’s better than not playing golf at all — but only just!
It was genuinely good to catch up with all the RCB guys again and to see the faces behind the scenes which became so familiar for the first three seasons. And the crowd! Goodness me, they are consistently the loudest and most passionate cricket supporters in the world.
On a couple of occasions, I instinctively waited for the cheer - which never arrived, of course. It felt a little odd playing in the stadium without the crowd behind me but, then again, my home stadium is now Eden Gardens so it’s not as if I have moved down market.
We still need to win one more game to be certain of qualification, which can be a great positive for the squad, because the intensity of competition remains right up to the knockout matches. The teams which have already qualified now face the difficult choice between resting players and the desire to maintain momentum.
I’m pleased I mentioned the Chargers in my last column and pointed out how small the difference is between the top and bottom in the IPL. Their victory over MI a couple of days ago was the confirmation anybody needed if they thought that some teams were significantly better than the others. Hawkeye