Instances when both teams scored same but the match was not a Tie in International Cricket
There are a few instances where both the teams in a game scored the same amount of runs and result was different from a Tie.
Updated - Jun 4, 2020 2:11 pm
The invent of the Twenty20 format brought forward a new scenario of deciding the winner through bowl out and Super Over in case of a Tie in scores. There a lot of cases due to the DLS method where both the teams scored the same runs and yet one of them was the winner.
However, in International Cricket, there are a few instances where both the teams in a game scored the same amount of runs and result was different from a Tie despite no usage of rain-rule methods or Tie-breakers post the completion of the match.
Here we look at the occasions where both teams posted the same amount of runs in an International match but the result was not a Tie:
4. Pakistan vs Australia, 1988 Lahore ODI
Australia were expected to feature in three ODIs and three Test matches during the 1988-89 tour of Pakistan. The first ODI was scheduled between 2nd and 3rd Tests while the last two ODIs on consecutive days to conclude the tour.
Pakistan won the first Test by innings margin while the following two games ended in a draw. The first ODI slated to be played in Gujranwala but was abandoned due to floods. The remaining ODIs were scheduled in Karachi and Hyderabad on October 14 and 15 respectively.
But political tensions grew in Pakistan especially in Karachi due to general elections of mid-November. The game in Karachi was cancelled due to curfew while the Hyderabad ODI was moved to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium where the last match of Test series was played.
Australia posted 229/8 in the limited 45 overs after losing the toss. Geoff Marsh anchored the innings with an 89-run knock that lasted nearly three hours. Opener Muddasar Nazar was runout scoring 76 which gave the platform for Pakistan in the chase. Saleem Malik (44 off 43) and Ijaz Ahmed (39 off 36) played crucial knocks to ease the pressure of required run-rate.
Tony Dodemaide bowled the last over when Pakistan needed only two runs. Saleem Yousuf picked up a single on the first ball to level the scores before Dodemaide bowled three consecutive dot balls to Wasim Akram who holed out on the penultimate delivery to silly mid-off.
The new batsman Abdul Qadir survived an LBW appeal on the last ball but couldn’t get the required one run. Pakistan also finished with 229/7 in the 45 overs but won the game on losing fewer wickets. If Qadir was given out LBW, count-back on scores would have been required to determine the winner.