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May 17, 2014

Twenty-five to defend off 2 overs in an IPL game. Should your best bowler bowl the 19th over?

Yes

He could win you the game in the 19th over, or provide sufficient cushion for a weaker bowler to defend in the 20th.

No

The 20th over is going to be a high-pressure over, irrespective of what happens in the 19th, and the bowler most capable of handling that pressure should be held back for it.

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June 18, 2014, 11:22 GMT

By karthik_ig

Yes..i will chose my best bowler only to bowl the 19th over..if i give it to average bowler, he may get destroyed by the batsman and he may give 15 to 20 runs..and then in the 20th over it will be easy for the batsman to get 5 or 6 runs irrespective of the capability of the bowler..if I have 2 great bowlers I may chose one depending upon the batsman who are in and their verstality..if the 19th over is bowled by the best bowler he may restrict them to 6 or 7 runs and get wickets as well...impact created by the best bowler will be still be felt in the 20th over and even an average bowler can win us the game with the momentum gained in the 19th over..it will be viceversa for the opponent team if i give 19th over to average bowler..

June 16, 2014, 19:39 GMT

By MSterclass7

It is the 19th over of the game. 25 needed off it to qualify on Net Run Rate. What would you do? Bowl the best bowler in the side; simply because it would benefit the NRR. Batsmen would back themselves to hit a weaker bowler for 25 in the over- but not off a top bowler.The game would go on longer, and if a weaker bowler is used, there may not be a 20th. You would qualify even if you lose in the last over.

Now if you are in the final. You bowl your strongest bowler, who concedes only 5 runs. 20 needed off the last over. Even off a weaker bowler, 20 is a large sum and nerves would get the better of the batsmen.

The 19th should always be bowled by the best- whatever the situation.

June 5, 2014, 12:50 GMT

By BabbuJammu

Yes for two reasons: 1. If weaker bowler bowls then 80% chances are that in 20th over there will be around 10 runs to chase and pressure on the chasing team is released a bit as they get closure to the target. 2. We are expecting stronger bowler to give not more than 6 to 8 runs in the over whether it is 19th or 20th so why not try in 19th over and he might take a wicket or two as a bonus. So you can expect better results from weaker bowler under these circumstances.

May 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT

By  

Yes of course !! If your best bowler bowls 19th over he will concede less runs and more importantly he will pick wickets . Also if the 19th over is not bowled by your best bowler who knows whether there will be a 20th over or not !!having said that sometimes it also depends on the match situation!!

May 23, 2014, 9:37 GMT

By  

100% the best bowler should bowl the penultimate over. There is no point of giving the last over to a Sunil Narine if he only has less than 9 runs to defend, but giving Ishant Sharma 17 or 18 to defend in the last over is a far safer option.

May 23, 2014, 9:15 GMT

By Dysan25

Yes, this the most logical and practical strategy in IPL. But, as the competition progresses, it's hard to tell who is your best bowler ( Bhuvi and Sandeep are off track in the last few matches .. so are few other international bowlers )

It's best left to the Captain to decide what to do in such a scenario

May 23, 2014, 7:25 GMT

By  

Yes! Best bowler bowls the 19th over, saves runs, picks wickets. He cushions his team. Even if the opponents win, the NRR would be brought down. Even if the best bowler fails, it will give the team 1 more over to tackle and win.

May 23, 2014, 6:49 GMT

By  

Yes if your best bowler manages to restrict in the 19th over and also gets a couple of wickets your chances are high to win . Otherwise there will be very less to defend in the last over if already too many runs are given in 19th. game will be over in 19th over itself. The idea is to stretch it as far as possible and give yourself more chances to win.

May 22, 2014, 8:55 GMT

By  

yes . best bowler shoudl bowl 19th over bcz he will take more responsibility and will conceede less runs

June 6, 2014, 10:43 GMT

By aswin_srm

There is a simple reasoning according to me that the best bowler should bowl the last over. The penultimate over is not a place where the batsman is going to ballistic. Consider what the likes of Dhoni would try to do here. He would go for twos and have the target in reach by a maximum of two hits in the final over. The trick is to have the target in sight for as long as possible. So when its 25 runs the batsman would take 10 runs without hesitation if your best bowler bowled(mostly without taking a risk). Now the target becomes two hits in 6 swings and a lesser bowler is guaranteed to let at least one ball be bad(most often under pressure its the first and the match momentum is gone). So if the lesser bowler is introduced first the batsmen have to go hard earlier, leading to more chances of a wicket. Sometimes your best bowler is "the best" when he has one more over in hand

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