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As I say, if you don't want D\L, you've one alternatative (apart from play only limitless-over cricket) - once a game has started, it has to be finished or there's no result.
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What was the system that screwed South Africa over in the 92 WC?
Don't have a clue, but whatever it was, it demonstrated the need for a system like D\L. I'm not even sure there was a system of any real proper scheming.
Though we should emphasise as we always do that in part the SAfrican screwing-over was done by themselves, bowling their overs far too slowly.
Actually it was a pretty decent on for setting innings targets but a poor one for reassessing innings targets once they had started.
If one team batted a full 50 overs and the 2nd team were allocated 30 overs, then the target was the total of the 30 highest scoring overs from the first innings. Basically the maidens and low scoring overs would be ignored.
Thats what happened in the SA-Eng semi final. IIRC SA lost 2 overs dues to rain. Therefore 2 lowest overs were ignored. The target went down by 1 but the balls decreased by 2 overs.
Tough when only 19 balls left.
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D/L is VOODOO AND SHOULD BE BANNED!
j/k In all seriousness, though, I think a fair point was brought up before. There is a clear statistical basis to it. Just because you or I may not understand what it is, or why it works doesn't mean it's not fair. It just means we don't understand it.
Unfortunately, when unpredictable things happen, predictive measures have to be taken and that's basically what D/L is doing - using a mathematical model to adjust the score so the game can be finished in a certain amount of remaining time. Just like any model it may not have happened as was predicted. Or it may have. We have no way of knowing, so either we cancel the game, use a reserve day, or we agree to use a mathematical model to set a target and that's what international teams seem to have done. Sometimes it will work against you and sometimes it will work for you.
As said above, perfectly fair - whether the tables need analysis & assessment and some specialisation by subcontinental venue (I believe the ICL/IPL is using the Jayadevan tables - a virtually identical system with different % resources) is up for debate, but if anyone seriously thinks England should have been set 167 today then they need to donate their brain to medical science in for the same reason that dead siamese twins get chopped up an investigated.
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However, this system strikes me as pretty terrible really. How on Earth no-one could have foreseen the pitfalls is beyond me.If one team batted a full 50 overs and the 2nd team were allocated 30 overs, then the target was the total of the 30 highest scoring overs from the first innings. Basically the maidens and low scoring overs would be ignored.
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