A Super Over, also known as a single-over eliminator. It is a tie-breaking method used in limited-over’s cricket matches. The super over is a reduced version of the match that consists only of one over (six balls) and two wickets for each team.
The official result of the match would be a “tie” but within the context of the tournament or series, the winning team of the “Super Over” is declared the winner of the match and the victory is seen as equivalent of one earned in a regular match.
Runs scored in super over’s do not count towards a player’s statistical record. The Super Over was first used in 2008 in Twenty20 cricket, replacing the bowl-out method that was previously used for breaking a tie. The Super Over is primarily used in Twenty20 cricket.
The International Cricket Council state the official rules for Super Over’s in the Standard Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions, in effect from 1 October 2012. A Super Over decides the winner of matches ending with the scores tied according to the following rules:
- Weather permitting; the Super Over will commence 10 minutes after the main match. Each team bats one over under the same restrictions as for the final over in a pool match.
- The team batting second in the main match will bat first in the Super Over.
- The bowler of the batting team cannot both bat and bowl in the same super over
- Each side has three nominated batsmen, meaning that the loss of two wickets ends the Super Over.
- In the event of the scores being level in the Super Over, the first satisfied of the following criteria will determine the winner:
- If the regular match utilized the Duckworth–Lewis method, criterion 4 immediately applies.
- The team with the most number of boundaries combined from the main match and the Super Over is the winner.
- The team with the most number of boundaries from the main match (that is, not including the Super Over) is the winner.
- A count-back from the final ball of the Super Over shall be conducted. The team with the higher scoring delivery is the winner. Runs scored from illegal deliveries count towards the total for the following legal delivery
Super Overs in the History of Indian Premier league (IPL)
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab at Dubai; 20/09/2020, Match No.2
Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul won the toss and opted to field.
Marcus Stoinis’ all-round brilliance helped Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a Super Over thriller at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The match was tied after Kings XI Punjab, chasing 158 for the win, finished their innings at 157/8. In the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada got KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off successive deliveries to end their innings in just three balls. Delhi Capitals chased down the three-run target in the Super Over without breaking a sweat and started their campaign with a victory.
Delhi Capitals won the one-over eliminator
IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at ; 02/05/2019, Match No.51
Mumbai Indians batted first and managed to put the decent total on the board i.e. 162/5 in 20 overs thanks to blistering unbeaten knock of 69 of 58 balls by the Quinton de Kock’s. In response Sunrisers Hyderabad were going well with opening partnership of 40 runs in first 4 overs.
But they keep on losing wickets on regular intervals; it was Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi, whose partnership had brought back the Sunrisers into the game. Manish Pandey played unbeaten 71 runs knock and helped his team to make a super over of the game. This was 2nd super over of IPL 2019.
Mumbai Indians won the one-over eliminator
IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Delhi; 30/03/2019, Match No.10Mumbai Indians won the one-over eliminator
Kolkata Knight Riders batted first and posted a mammoth total on the board i.e. 185/8 in 20 overs with the blasting innings 62 of just 28 balls of Russell. In response Delhi Capitals was going well with brilliant knock of 99 by Prithvi Shaw and were close to the target but lower order crumbled and Delhi Capitals managed tie and fans had witnessed 1st super over game of IPL 2019.
Delhi Capitals Won by 3 runs in Over-Eliminator
IPL 2017: Gujrat Lions vs Mumbai Indians at Rajkot; 29/04/2017, Match No.35
Gujrat Lions batted first and managed to put the decent total on the board i.e. 153/9 in 20 overs. In response Mumbai Indians got the good start as Parthiv Patel made 70 runs but the team loss momentum in last few over’s as its middle order collapsed which brought them to tie and we had witnessed 1st super over game of IPL 2017.
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Mumbai Indians Won by 6 runs in Over-Eliminator
IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab in Ahmadabad; 21/04/2015, Match No.18
Both the team batted brilliantly as it was a high scoring game. Both the team managed to score 191/6 which means a tie and over eliminator was only solution.
KXIP Won by 9 runs in Over-Eliminator
IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals at Abu Dhabi; 19/04/2014, Match No.19
It was second time both teams are meeting in over-eliminator previously it was in year 2009 i.e. 1st ever super over in IPL history. KKR lost that game. Rajasthan Royals didn’t have the start they wanted but the 3rd and 4th wicket put on 41 runs and 64 runs partnerships respectively. However lower middle order can’t capitalize on it and just managed to score 152 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. On the other hand KKR got little cameo partnerships but did not seem enough and just managed to equal the total in last.
Scores leveled in elimiation over RR was declared winner on more boundaries counts
IPL 2013: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils at Bangalore; 16/04/2013, Match No.21
This was second super of the tournament and 2nd for the RCB in same year. RCB lost the previous match in super over elimination by 5 runs. Delhi Daredevils managed to post the 152/5 on the board with its all batsmen chipping the runs; especially vital partnerships of 30 runs by Irfan Pathan and Jadhav at the end of game. Whereas RCB with help of Virat Kholi and AB De Villiers 103 runs partnership for 3rd wicket. They were crusing towards the win but suddenly wickets start falling and in the end they just managed to tie the game.
RCB won the game by won by 3 runs in supper over
IPL 2013: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Hyderabad; 07/04/2013, Match No.07
Another low scoring game; as RCB went on to post just 130 runs on the board for the loss of 8 wickets. Just Virat Kholi and Henrique made 46 and 44 runs respectively. On the other hand Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to equals the score of RCB with the help of Vihari crucial 44 not out score.
SH won by 5 runs in super over
IPL 2010: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab at Chennai; 21/03/2010, Match No.16
Yuvraj Singh 43 runs innings helped KXIP to post 136 runs on the board but despite of brilliantly 65 runs opening partnership of Parthiv Patel and Mathew Hyden CSK managed to tie the game.
KXIP won by the game in 4 ball in elimination-over
IPL 2009: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals at Cape Town; 23/04/2009, Match No.10
First ever super over in the history of IPL. RR posted 150 runs for the loss of 6 wickets and in reply KKR managed to tie the on final ball of 20th over.
RR won the game on 2 balls to spare.
IPL: Indian Premier League; RCB: Royal Challengers Bangalore; RR: Rajasthan Royals; KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders; KTK: Kochi Tuskers Kerala; CSK: Chennai Super Kings; DD: Delhi Daredevils; DC: Deccan Chargers; KXIP: Kings XI Punjab;MI: Mumbai Indians; PW: Pune Warriors; GL: Gujarat Lions; SH: Sunrisers Hyderabad
SO: Super Over; W: Wicket; WD: Wide; NB: No Ball; DNB: Do not Bat/Ball