Although to be fair India were probably already heading towards victory anyway in their 2nd T20 against the Southern Stars, for the second time in recent weeks Messrs Duckworth and Lewis nevertheless conspired to produce a ridiculously unbalanced final run chase in women’s T20s.
After the Hobart Hurricanes were mugged by DL in their WBBL semi-final against Sydney Sixers, the equation for India chasing Australia’s 125 (off 18 overs) was even more bizarre.
When the rain came down, India were 52-0 after 7.5 overs, so the equation was 73 off 61 balls, or 7.2 an-over.
When the teams went back out again, the target had been reduced to 66 off 10 overs – i.e. a remaining 14 off 13 balls, equivalent to 6.5 an-over.
Just to reiterate… we’re not taking anything away from India, and you’d probably back them to chase down either target from the situation they were in; but still you have to ask, was it really fair that the required rate actually fell by half a run here?
Or to put it another way: if you had to chose between chasing 73 off 61 and 14 off 13 (in both cases with 10 wickets in-hand) would anyone opt for the former? Not in a million years!
It is abundantly clear that for short T20 chases, Duckworth Lewis is thoroughly broken and needs looking at, perhaps by reducing the number of wickets available?
A chase of 14 off 13 with only two wickets in hand, might have made it interesting! As it was, it was an utter forgone conclusion from the moment they went back out, and that’s just not an equitable reflection of where the game was when it was interrupted.