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).
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.
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.
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|26 December 2008||Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand||West Indies||25/1||New Zealand||15 all out||1st|
|28 February 2010||AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand||New Zealand||9/0||Australia||6/1||2nd|
|7 September 2012||DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE||Pakistan||12/0||Australia||11/1||2nd|
|27 September 2012||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||13/1||New Zealand||7/1||Match 13|
|1 October 2012||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka||West Indies||18/0||New Zealand||17/0||Match 21|
|18 February 2009||Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa||Standard Bank Pro20||Cape Cobras||6/1||Dolphins||3 all out||Semi-final|
|18 February 2009||St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Standard Bank Pro20||Diamond Eagles||16/0||Warriors||5/1||Semi-final|
|23 April 2009||Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa||Indian Premier League||Rajasthan Royals||18/0||Kolkata Knight Riders||15/1||Match 10|
|13 October 2009||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India||Champions League Twenty20||Diamond Eagles||9/1||Sussex Sharks||0 all out||Match 11|
|26 January 2010||Colin Maiden Park, Auckland, New Zealand||HRV Cup||Otago Volts||14 all out||Auckland Aces||8/1||Match 28|
|21 March 2010||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India||Indian Premier League||Kings XI Punjab||10/1||Chennai Super Kings||9/2||Match 16|
|23 July 2010||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados||Caribbean Twenty20||Barbados||16/1||Combined Campuses and Colleges||16/0||Match 4|
|18 September 2010||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Champions League Twenty20||Victorian Bushrangers||23/0||Chennai Super Kings||13/0||Match 13|
|13 January 2011||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua||Caribbean Twenty20||[Hampshire Royals||1/1||Barbados||0 all out||Match 7|
|1 July 2011||Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, Pakistan||Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup||Rawalpindi Rams||16/0||Karachi Dolphins||7/1||Final|
|27 August 2011||Edgbaston, Birmingham, England||Friends Life t20||Leicestershire Foxes||15/0||Lancashire Lightning||13/0||Semi-final 1|
|27 August 2011||Edgbaston, Birmingham, England||Friends Life t20||Somerset||16/0||Hampshire Royals||5/1||Semi-final 2|
|28 September 2011||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India||Champions League Twenty20||New South Wales Blues||18/0||Trinidad and Tobago||15/1||Match 8|
Other Twenty20 matches
|1 June 2009||Lord's, London||Ireland||6/1||Netherlands||2 all out||Scorecard||2009 ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match|
|24 June 2012||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad||India||7/1||West Indies||4 all out||Scorecard||2nd unofficial T20I|