Rajasthan Royals recently defeated Kings XI Punjab in a super over after the match ended in a tie © IANS
Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals by Super Over after the match ended in a tie © IANS

The match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 was tied with both teams scoring 191 runs losing the same number of wickets (6). Bharath Seervi lists the tied T20 matches where both teams had lost equal number of wickets and played equal number of overs to equal number of runs.

Both sides scored 191. Both sides lost 6 wickets. Both sides played for exactly 20 overs. Thus ran the scoreboard of both competing teams — KXIP and RR — at Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad on April 2015 in IPL 2015. It was indeed a perfect tie at the end.

A match ending as a tie is an often seen scenario in the shortest form of cricket. There have been a total of 83 ties out of 4,852 T20 matches played till date —roughly a tie every 59th match. When compared to List A matches, the rate of matches ending as tied in T20s is more than double as there is a tied match in approximately every 137thList-A match. Best all-round performance in an IPL match

A match is said to have tied when both the teams end up on the same score irrespective of the overs batted and wickets lost. There have been T20 matches that were tied with both the teams having lost equal number of wickets in of the same overs to score equal number of runs the way the RR vs KXIP match mentioned above. Virat Kohli becomes first batsman to score 600 runs against a single IPL side

Of the 83 tied matches, the match between RR and KXIP was the tenth to be tied with the same runs, wickets and overs for both teams.

Equal number of runs, wickets and over in a tied T20 match

Score Team 1 Team 2 Venue Date Result
154/6 (20) Cape Cobras Lions Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 04-Feb-09 Tied
171/9 (20) Auckland Otago Colin Maiden Park, Auckland 26-Jan-10 Otago won the Super Over
138/7 (20) South Western Districts KwaZulu-Natal Kingsmead, Durban 20-Nov-11 Tied
123/10 (20) Badureliya Sports Club Saracens Sports Club Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo 29-Mar-12 Saracens Sports Club won the Super Over
156/5 (20) KwaZulu-Natal Griqualand West Kingsmead, Durban 20-Jan-13 Tied
150/7 (20) Karnataka Tamil Nadu Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Ground, Shimoga 19-Mar-13 Tied
169/7 (20) Rangpur Division Dhaka Division Shaheed Chandu Stadium, Bogra 22-Apr-13 Tied
161/7 (20) Lions Knights Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 09-Nov-14 Lions won the Super Over
79/5 (8) Titans Warriors SuperSport Park, Centurion 23-Nov-14 Tied
191/6 (20) Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad 21-Apr-15 KXIP won the Super Over

There have been no such cases in T20 Internationals. There were three tied T20 Internationals where the difference of wickets lost for both teams was one.

  1. New Zealand 126/7 (20) vs West Indies 126/8 (20), Auckland, 2005-06
  2. New Zealand 155/7 (20) vs West Indies 155/8 (20), Auckland, 2008-09
  3. New Zealand 174/7 (20) vs Sri Lanka 174/6 (20), Pallekelle, 2012-13

Footnote Trivia:

Of 83 matches tied in T20 cricket, 7 were decided by using the bowl-out method including three in T20 Internationals and 47 were decided using super-over method (including five in T20 internationals).  Highest percentage of IPL career runs in boundaries

The last tied T20I match to be decided using bowl-out was between Canada and Zimbabwe at Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City in 2008-09. The first tied T20I match to be decided using the super over was between New Zealand and West Indies at Eden Park, Auckland in 2008-09.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)