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ICC Defends India’s Win With Net Run Rate As A Potential Tie Breaker

The India Pakistan match has always garnered the right type of attention in the right manner. In major encounters with the Pakistani squad, India has won all the times and this time it was no different. India set a chase of 337 runs in front of the Pakistani squad and Pakistan failed to make through the target. Pakistani squad was 166 runs for six when they were trying to chase the target when rain stopped the game and it was after the 35 overs. The match ended with Pakistan losing the match by 86 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method for the rain affected matches. However, the umpires decided to resume the game and Pakistan on the other hand could only score 136 in just five more overs to come to a revised D/L winning score of 302 runs in 40 overs.

Sometimes elders do things that don’t make sense

The same was questioned by the former England off-spinner, Graeme Swann who questioned the decision to leave Pakistan when they needed a run-rate of nearly 28 per over. Swann was commentating at that time and he said that when this match will be explained to the kids, just say that sometimes adults do things that do not make any sense. “If you’re at home and you are trying to explain this to children just say that sometimes grown-ups do things that don’t make sense.”

Net run-rate will be a potential tie breaker

Pakistan on the other hand, got nowhere near the target and lost the match by 89 runs under the D/L method. With this Pakistan is ranked above just Afghanistan in the points table.

However, after the completion of the match, an ICC spokesperson said that net run-rate is a potential tie breaker for teams who will reach the top four of the semi-finals If they have the same level at the points table. So, there it would have been wrong to end the game without giving Pakistan a chance to boost their net run-rate.