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Team batting second winning by runs!

Duckworth?Lewis method, supposedly the best method to reset targets in ODIs, has changed the way results are decided, writes Rajneesh Gupta.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 16:15 IST

In a limited-overs game, side batting first wins by runs and that batting second by wickets. This is what we all have seen over the years and how it is written in the record books - of course excepting the rare instances of a side conceding a match.

Even when the result was made on the basis of run-rate in case of rain / weather interruptions, it was only in line with the established cricketing convention.

Not any more.

Duckworth – Lewis method, supposedly the best method to reset targets in ODIs, has changed all this. Now the team batting second can be declared winner in terms of runs as was the case in the first ODI at Peshawar between India and Pakistan.

Chasing a victory target of 329, Pakistan were cruising along having made 311 for seven after 47 overs, when play had to be abandoned because of bad light.

Pakistan were seven runs ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis requirements at that stage and won the match by run margin. Under the old ruling, they would have been declared winner on run-rate or by 3 wickets.

Surprisingly this is not the first instance of this kind in ODIs. We take a look at all the instances when a side won a match by runs while batting second:

 Batted 1st  Batted 2nd  Venue           Date            Result          
 NZ 182-9 SL 155-5 Hamilton Feb 8, 2001 SL - 3 runs
 WI 300-5 Ind 200-1 Rajkot Nov 12, 2002 Ind - 81 runs
 Pak 243-8 SA 221-6 Faisalabad Oct 7, 2003 SA - 13 runs
 Zim 211-6 SL 144-4 Bulawayo Apr 12, 2004 SL - 12 runs
 SA 175-9 Eng 103-3 Johannesburg Jan 30, 2005 Eng - 26 runs
 Ind 328 Pak 311-7 Peshawar Nov 12, 2002 Pak - 7 runs

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 13:30 IST