October 3, 2008

ICC

Power to the batting side

George Binoy

In the New Zealand Herald, David Leggat says that the latest tweak to the Powerplay rule, which allows the batting team to decide when either the second or the third Powerplay should be taken, will be a further advantage to the batsmen.

Consider two scenarios: 1: Your openers have made a flyer in the first five overs. The fielding captain might want to drop more players deep for the sixth over onwards to stem the runs. The batting side can exercise their option to keep the field in, and potentially pile on the runs.

2: Late in the innings, when the hitters are breaking loose, the batting skipper could add to their problems by calling his Powerplay, thus turning, say, 12 runs an over from overs 45 to 50 to perhaps 20, with the fielding captain helpless.

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