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A Super Over, also called an Eliminator is a tie-breaking method used in limited-overs cricket matches.

If a game ends in a tie, each team nominates three batsmen and a bowler for the Super Overs. The two teams come back to the crease. For one over (six balls), the first team is bowling and fielding, while the second team bats. Then, the second team bowls an over, and the first team bats. The team that scores the most runs is awarded the match. Wickets can be taken as normal – a team's Super Over ends if it loses two wickets.

Instead of equally dividing the points between the two participating teams, the winning team of the "Super Overs" takes all the points, however the result is still counted as a tie. The Super Over was first used in 2008 in Twenty20 cricket, replacing the Bowlout method that was previously used for breaking a tie.

On October 29, 2012 The International Cricket Council made amendments on One Over Per Side Eliminator (T20Is only).

Rules

If the scores in the Super Over are tied, the match is won by the team that has scored the most sixes in their innings. The first reported application of this rule in Twenty20 Internationals was in the 5 May 2010 2010 ICC Women's World Twenty20 match between the Australia national women's cricket team and England women's cricket team, won by Australia.

Example

The first implementation of Super Overs was in the tied Twenty20 match between the West Indies and New Zealand on December 26, 2008. The West Indies scored 25/1 in their super over and New Zealand replied with 15/2.

Matches decided by Super Over

The Super Over was introduced into One Day International cricket at the 2011 Cricket World Cup knockout stage, where a game ending in a tie would have been decided via Super Over, but it was not used, as no 2011 knockout games were tied.

Twenty20 International

Main article: Twenty20 International
Date Venue WinnerScoreLoserScore T20I Ref
26 December 2008 Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand Flag of West Indies West Indies 700125000000000000025/1 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 700115000000000000015 all out 1st
28 February 2010 AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 70009000000000000009/0 Flag of Australia Australia 70006000000000000006/1 2nd
7 September 2012 DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 700112000000000000012/0 Flag of Australia Australia 700111000000000000011/1 2nd
27 September 2012 Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 700113000000000000013/1 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 70007000000000000007/1 Match 13
1 October 2012 Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka Flag of West Indies West Indies 700118000000000000018/0 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 700070000000000000017/0 Match 21

Domestic Twenty20

Date Venue Tournament WinnerScoreLoserScore Scorecard Ref
18 February 2009 Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa Standard Bank Pro20 Cape Cobras 70006000000000000006/1 Dolphins 70003000000000000003 all out Semi-final
18 February 2009 St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa Standard Bank Pro20 Diamond Eagles 700116000000000000016/0 Warriors 70005000000000000005/1 Semi-final
23 April 2009 Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa Indian Premier League Rajasthan Royals 700118000000000000018/0 Kolkata Knight Riders 700115000000000000015/1 Match 10
13 October 2009 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India Champions League Twenty20 Diamond Eagles 70009000000000000009/1 Sussex Sharks 50000000000000000000 all out Match 11
26 January 2010 Colin Maiden Park, Auckland, New Zealand HRV Cup Otago Volts 700114000000000000014 all out Auckland Aces 70008000000000000008/1 Match 28
21 March 2010 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India Indian Premier League Kings XI Punjab 700110000000000000010/1 Chennai Super Kings 70009000000000000009/2 Match 16
23 July 2010 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados Caribbean Twenty20 Barbados 700116000000000000016/1 Combined Campuses and Colleges 700116000000000000016/0 Match 4
18 September 2010 St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa Champions League Twenty20 Victorian Bushrangers 700123000000000000023/0 Chennai Super Kings 700113000000000000013/0 Match 13
13 January 2011 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua Caribbean Twenty20 [Hampshire Royals 70001000000000000001/1 Barbados 50000000000000000000 all out Match 7
1 July 2011 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, Pakistan Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup Rawalpindi Rams 700116000000000000016/0 Karachi Dolphins 70007000000000000007/1 Final
27 August 2011 Edgbaston, Birmingham, England Friends Life t20 Leicestershire Foxes 700115000000000000015/0 Lancashire Lightning 700113000000000000013/0 Semi-final 1
27 August 2011 Edgbaston, Birmingham, England Friends Life t20 Somerset 700116000000000000016/0 Hampshire Royals 70005000000000000005/1 Semi-final 2
28 September 2011 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India Champions League Twenty20 New South Wales Blues 700118000000000000018/0 Trinidad and Tobago 700115000000000000015/1 Match 8

Other Twenty20 matches

Date Venue WinnerScoreLoserScore Scorecard Ref Notes
1 June 2009 Lord's, London Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 70006000000000000006/1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 70002000000000000002 all out Scorecard 2009 ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match
24 June 2012 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad Flag of India India 70007000000000000007/1 Flag of West Indies West Indies 70004000000000000004 all out Scorecard 2nd unofficial T20I

References

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