Super Over

A Super Over,[1][2] also called a one-over eliminator[3][4] or simply an eliminator,[5] is a tie-breaking method used in limited-overs cricket matches. The super over is a reduced version of the match that consists only of one over (six balls) and two wickets for each team. The official result of the match would be a "tie" but within the context of the tournament or series, the winning team of the "Super Over" is declared the winner of the match and the victory is seen as equivalent of one earned in a regular match. Runs scored in super overs do not count towards a player's statistical record. The Super Over was first used in 2008 in Twenty20 cricket, replacing the bowl-out method that was previously used for breaking a tie. The Super Over is primarily used in Twenty20 cricket.

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,[6] but it was not used, as no 2011 knockout games were tied. For the following World Cup in 2015, only the final would be decided by a Super Over in the event of a tie. Ties in other knockout-stage matches returned to the previous rule where the team with the better group stage performance would advance.[7][8]

Contrary to the tie-breaking methods used in other sports, the Super Over is often used in the group stage of Twenty20 tournaments. Journalist Sambit Bal described this use as being unnecessary for situations outside knockout stages. He sees a tie being a satisfactory result both to the teams and in entertainment value.[9] Mike Hesson, the coach of the New Zealand national cricket team, also criticised the Super Over after his team lost two Super Overs in the Super Eight group stage of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and finished bottom of their group.[10]


The International Cricket Council state the official rules for Super Overs in the Standard Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions, in effect from 1 October 2012.[11][12] A Super Over determines the winner of matches ending with the scores tied according to the following rules:

Before 1 October 2010, Super Overs ending in a tie had the winner first decided by the number of boundary sixes the teams hit in both innings, then by the sixes hit in the main match.[13]

This rule was applied on 5 May 2010 in a 2010 ICC Women's World Twenty20 match between Australia and England, won by Australia by scoring more sixes in both innings.[14][15] In the 2014 Indian Premier League, a Super Over used in a tied match between the Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders was also tied as both teams scored 11 runs. The match was won by the Rajasthan Royals as they had hit more sixes during the main match.


In the 2014–15 season, the Big Bash League began using a variation of the rules, allowing each innings the full amount of 10 wickets.[16]


Chris Gayle scored 25 runs in the first Super Over

The first implementation of Super Overs was in the tied Twenty20 match between the West Indies and New Zealand on 26 December 2008. West Indies scored 25/1 in their super over and New Zealand replied with 15/2.[17] This particular match was a trial of the Super Over concept, and the official result was a tie.[2]

The 26 December 2008 Twenty20 match between New Zealand and the West Indies was tied after each sides' 20 overs.[2]

- Daniel Vettori was the "nominated bowler" for New Zealand.
- Chris Gayle and Xavier Marshall opened the "mini-innings".
- Marshall was run out without facing a ball, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul similarly remained at the non-striker's end.
- Gayle hit 25 runs off the 6 balls he faced.
The West Indies "Super Over" score was 25 for 1 from six balls.[18]

- Sulieman Benn was the nominated bowler for the West Indies.
- NZ opener Jacob Oram was caught on Benn's third "super over" delivery.
- Third man in Ross Taylor hit a six but was then clean bowled on the next ball. Oram's "super over" opening partner Brendon McCullum didn't face a delivery.
The New Zealand Super Over score was 15 for 2 (all out) from five balls.[18]

The West Indies thus won the Super Over.

Matches decided by Super Over

Twenty20 International

Date Venue WinnerScoreLoserScore T20I Ref
26 December 2008 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand  West Indies 25/1  New Zealand 15 all out 1st [18]
28 February 2010 New Zealand AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand  New Zealand 9/0  Australia 6/1 2nd [19]
7 September 2012 United Arab Emirates DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Pakistan 12/0  Australia 11/1 2nd [20]
27 September 2012 Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 13/1  New Zealand 7/1 Match 13 [21]
1 October 2012 Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka  West Indies 18/0  New Zealand 17/0 Match 21 [22]
30 November 2015 United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  England 4/0  Pakistan 3/1 3rd [23]

Domestic Twenty20

Date Venue Tournament WinnerScoreLoserScore Scorecard Ref
18 February 2009 South Africa Kingsmead, Durban Standard Bank Pro20 Cape Cobras 6/1 Dolphins 3 all out Semi-final [24]
18 February 2009 South Africa St George's Park, Port Elizabeth Standard Bank Pro20 Diamond Eagles 16/0 Warriors 5/1 Semi-final [25]
23 April 2009 South Africa Newlands, Cape Town Indian Premier League Rajasthan Royals 18/0 Kolkata Knight Riders 15/1 Match 10 [26]
13 October 2009 India Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Champions League Twenty20 Diamond Eagles 9/1 Sussex Sharks 0 all out Match 11 [4][27]
26 January 2010 New Zealand Colin Maiden Park, Auckland HRV Cup Otago Volts 14 all out Auckland Aces 8/1 Match 28 [28]
21 March 2010 India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Indian Premier League Kings XI Punjab 10/1 Chennai Super Kings 9 all out Match 16 [29]
23 July 2010 Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown Caribbean Twenty20 Barbados 16/1 Combined Campuses and Colleges 16/0 Match 4 [30]
18 September 2010 South Africa St George's Park, Port Elizabeth Champions League Twenty20 Victorian Bushrangers 23/0 Chennai Super Kings 13/0 Match 13 [31][32]
13 January 2011 Antigua and Barbuda Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound Caribbean Twenty20 Hampshire Royals 1/1 Barbados 0 all out Match 7 [33]
1 July 2011 Pakistan Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup Rawalpindi Rams 16/0 Karachi Dolphins 7/1 Final [34]
27 August 2011 England Edgbaston, Birmingham Friends Life t20 Leicestershire Foxes 15/0 Lancashire Lightning 13/0 Semi-final 1 [35]
27 August 2011 England Edgbaston, Birmingham Friends Life t20 Somerset 16/0 Hampshire Royals 5/1 Semi-final 2 [36]
28 September 2011 India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Champions League Twenty20 New South Wales Blues 18/0 Trinidad and Tobago 15/1 Match 8 [37]
7 December 2012 Pakistan Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, Lahore Faysal Bank T20 Cup Abbottabad Falcons 9/1 Quetta Bears 6/1 Match 37
11 January 2013 Trinidad and Tobago Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain Caribbean Twenty20 Jamaica 4/0 Leeward Islands 2 all out Match 10 [38]
29 March 2013 Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup Rawalpindi Rams 10/1 Faisalabad Wolves 9/0 Match 11
7 April 2013 India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Indian Premier League Sunrisers Hyderabad 20/0 Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/0 Match 7 [39]
16 April 2013 India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Indian Premier League Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/0 Delhi Daredevils 11 all out Match 21 [40]
20 July 2013 Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi Ramadan T20 Cup Khan Research Laboratories 17/0 Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited 15/1 Match 18 [41]
25 July 2013 Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi Ramadan T20 Cup Habib Bank Limited 10/0 Pakistan International Airlines 7 all out Final [42]
29 September 2013 India Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur Champions League Twenty20 Otago Volts 13/0 Highveld Lions 13 all out Match 14 [43]
30 December 2013 New Zealand Pukekura Park, New Zealand HRV Twenty20 Auckland Aces 13/0 Central Stags 6 all out [44]
10 January 2014 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia Big Bash League Perth Scorchers 4/0 Sydney Sixers 1 all out Match 20 [45]
29 April 2014 United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi Indian Premier League Rajasthan Royals 11/0 Kolkata Knight Riders 11 all out Match 19 [46]
5 January 2015 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia Big Bash League Melbourne Stars 19/0 Sydney Sixers 9/2 Match 17
21 April 2015 India Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, India Indian Premier League Kings XI Punjab 15/2 Rajasthan Royals 6/2 Match 18
15 January 2015 Australia Adelaide Oval No. 2, Adelaide Women's Big Bash League Adelaide Strikers Women Melbourne Renegades Women Weekend 7 [47]
18 November 2015 New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand Georgie Pie Super Smash Auckland Aces 6/0 Canterbury Kings 5/2 Match 12

Other Twenty20 matches

Date Venue WinnerScoreLoserScore Scorecard Ref Notes
1 June 2009 Lord's, London  Ireland 6/1  Netherlands 2 all out Scorecard [48][49] 2009 ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match
24 June 2012 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad  India A 7/1  West Indies A 4 all out Scorecard [50] 2nd unofficial T20I

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