Duckworth and Lewis believes Australia’s exit from Champions Trophy wasn’t fair
The year 2017 has been a pretty good one for Bangladesh and their biggest achievement was to play in the semi final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. It has been a tournament to remember for a long time for the team and their fans. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ভুল হিসাবে সেমিফাইনাল খেলেছে বাংলাদেশ!]
In the Group A of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Bangladesh was there with New Zealand, Australia and England. They suffered a huge defeat against the host England and it minimized the hopes of qualifying into the semi-finals.
The performance against Australia in their second match was even more disappointing as they were bundled out for just 182 runs. In a batting track, 182 was never enough to defend and Australia were right on track to chase it down easily until rain stopped the match.
Before rain interrupted the match, Australia were 83 for 1 in 16 overs. Everyone were quite sure that the rain will stop but who knew the rain will turn into a nightmare for the Aussies. The rain didn’t stop and both the teams had to share points as per rules, both the teams had to play at least 20 overs to get a result.
This is where Bangladesh have been questioned for playing in the semi-final and it is Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis who are the makers of the duckworth-lewis (DL method) has questioned. According to them, Australia should have been announced as the winners of the match.
When the reason was asked, they explained the way the runs and the wickets decreased the target should have been less than 80 runs in 20 overs and Australia completed that run within 16 overs. As this happened before more than 30 overs had been lost, in accordance with the ICC rule, they should at that stage have been declared the winners.
After this match, Bangladesh defeated New Zealand to keep their hope alive to qualify into the semi and Australia were knocked out from the tournament after they were beaten by the host England.