Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 25, 2014

Why Mumbai got that extra ball


In the calculation of net run rate (NRR), the final score, and not the target, is the relevant number. For Mumbai Indians, the requirement to finish the chase in 87 deliveries was only subject to their final score being 190. The chasing team, if they take a few extra deliveries to get home, can still push their NRR up to the required fraction if they manage to achieve a final score that is sufficiently higher - by finishing things off with a boundary.

Mumbai Indians, despite failing to score that all-important extra run off 14.3, had already inched ahead of Rajasthan Royals' NRR when they had drawn level on 189. At that stage, Mumbai Indians' NRR read 0.078099, while Royals' was 0.076821. Had Mumbai Indians just run the single they needed for victory off the fourth ball, though, their NRR would have gone below that of Royals'.

Since they were using the extra ball, they would have needed to get their score up to at least 191 off that delivery. Running two was not an option, as they needed just the one run to win. So their only option was to hit a boundary.

However, had they played out a dot ball, they still would have not been out of it. They could have hit a four off 14.5 or 14.6 and still finished with a NRR better than that of Royals. If they played out three dots, they would have needed to hit a six off 15.1 to bump their NRR up above Royals'. If this had happened, Mumbai would have ended with a NRR of 0.080519 against Royals' 0.074163.

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    None of this NRR calculation will help to understand why Faulkner will bowl 2 leg stump full toss in 3 balls... that too after a meeting longer than that of any ones dinner time... phew...

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    if the 14.4 ball was wide then extra ball can be given or not? if the 14.4 ball was wide than who will be win mumbai indian or rajasthan royal?

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    there were wrong and unfair calculation made where, in 14.3 overs match could have finished. i am still unable to understand that why extra ball needed ?? According to the calculation ,in 14.3 overs there should be a winner or looser since maths have no limit in decimals .........VERY BAD

  • Ravi on May 27, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Your saying that at 14.3 overs Mumbai had already inched Royals is wrong. Your NRR is wrong. Actually the NRR of Royals at 14.3 overs was .077023 versus Mumbai's NRR of .076232. Which means Mumbai did not score 190 to achieve a higher NRR within the stipulated overs and RR is clearly the winner at that point. Where is the question of an extra ball? The big guys at the helm of affairs at Mumbai wanted Mumbai to go the playoffs and they in conjunction with the statisticians and umpires said that there is an extra ball to be played. What a joke this is. This is totally unacceptable. I am being fair because I am not a RR fan and I am a CSK fan.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    I think Faulkner to bowl 14.4 delivery for 1 run was the only option. 14.4 a wide ball, MI would have won easily as total would have achieved in 14.3 with that extra wide... final score MI 190/14.3 balls 14.4 a no ball again the same thing .. MI would have won .. final score MI 191/14.3 balls 14.4 for a single run, RR would have won as in 88 deliveries MI would need little extra than 190,

  • Lakshmi Narayanan on May 27, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I saw a few comments saying Faulkner should have bowled a wide. If he had done so, still Mumbai would have won as they will meet their original target since wide is not a legal delivery but it will give them 1 run. They would have scored 190 off 14.3 overs.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Why we talk of AN EXTRA ball. If that extra ball was a dot, or a wicket. the batting side would have got another ball to face, since there were enough overs and batsmen to spare. The only difference would have been the runs required from that 'second extra' would have been a bit higher; that's all. The decimals would have been rounded off only to decide the required runs to win, in any such situation, since one can not get a fraction of a run.

  • Shane on May 27, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @Venkatesh Padmanabhan - I can assure you that decimal calculations are used to calculate run rates. Nobody is sitting there counting 13 overs and 3 balls as 13.3 in the decimal sense - it's just a way of easily listing deliveries in cricket terms. Decimals are always used.

  • Siva on May 27, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    @Venkatesh Padmanabhan NRR is calculated correctly. 14.3 overs means a denominator of 14.5. 1 ball is considered as 1/6 (0.166…6) and not 1/10 (0.1).

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @WAPUSER ON MAY 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT:

    You touched upon an important issue. If the required run/s from the last stroke in a winning chase is 1, 2, or 3, umpire takes only that much into account, irrespective of it fetching a 4 or 6 ; PROVIDED the batsmen started taking the run. If the striker stay put at the crease, they give him a 4 or 6, as the case may be.

    To me, it is a stupid rule. If it is a 4 or 6, it should be counted as such. If it is a stroke along the grass, often the batsmen run, fearing, 'just in case' if the ball doesn't cross the rope!.. Fortunately Tare could see that it is in the air and is going for a 6. If it was a ground stroke, and even if they had, say, RUN 3 and the ball crossed OVER THE BOUNDARY, both Tare & MI would have been given only the 1 run required for a win. Result in that case, would have been different!

    So,I reiterate, if the winning stroke is 4 or 6, it should be counted as 4 or 6. Irrespective of any ifs & buts!

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