Double Super Over rules explainer. The winner of the 3rd T20I between India and Afghanistan was determined through two Super Overs. Here’s everything you need to know about the deal-breaker.

Who says dead rubbers are boring? Or inconsequential for that matter? If people did, India and Afghanistan sure proved them wrong and how. In one of the most thrilling T20I finishes of all time, the winner was determined by a double Super Over. Yes, the first time in the history of international cricket. Despite both teams scoring 212 in their allotted 20 overs, and 16 more in the first Super Over of the contest, there was nothing to separate the two teams. To break the deadlock, a second Super Over had to be called for, and following a dramatic and somewhat controversial topsy-turvy turn of events, India managed to hold their nerves in a T20I for the ages.

Who, what, how, where, and when? Hang on. We’ve got you covered. While it is fairly known that the infamous boundary count rule was done away with after the 2019 World Cup final between England and New Zealand, there are layers to the double Super Over rule which many aren’t familiar with. So sit back and relax as we take you through all its nuances.

Double Super Over rules explainer.
Double Super Over rules explainer.

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The same bowler cannot bowl (Double Super Over rules explainer):

A bowler who has bowled the first Super Over is not eligible to run the second time around, which is why neither Azmatullah Omarzai nor Mukesh Kumar were given the ball in the second Super Over. Both quicks had bowled out of their skins to concede 16 – the number may sound big but it was good enough in the context of a deciding over. With the match heading into another set of six deliveries, Afghanistan had to turn to Fareed Ahmed. After conceding a six and four, he did well to recover and limit India to 11. The 12-run target initially did not seem too big, but kudos to captain Rhit Sharma for executing a tactic out of the ordinary by turning to leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who picked two wickets in three balls to lead India to a famous victory.

What’s with the batting switch?

A team batting first has to bat second in the next go. Like the case with any Super Over, the same rule applies to the second as well. A team that batted second in the designated 20 overs, on tying the match, will have to bat first in the Super Over, the reason why Afghanistan batted first after matching India’s 212/4 with 212/6 of their own. And since India batted second, it was no surprise to see them play the first innings of the second Super Over. To sum it up, when it comes to Super Overs, no side can bat first or chase in back-to-back innings.

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What if, through some miracle, the second Super Over is also a tie?

Well, in that case, your guess is as good as ours. We then enter a third Super Over. And this goes on and on until a winner is decided. Including last night’s game, twice has a match been decided in a Double Super Over – the IPL 2020 fixture between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings marked the first instance. The world is yet to witness a triple Super Over – but given the speed at which cricket is evolving, do not rule it out. We will see it for s, just when though remains to be seen.

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