Super Over in Cricket: All You Need to Know

Super Over is a tie-breaking method used in cricket matches. This article provides all the information you need to know about Super Over, including rules, strategies, and notable instances.

By Crickified Mohit
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Super Over during ODI World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs England Final at Lord's, London where England won Super Over on Boundary Count

Cricket, a sport beloved by millions around the world, has seen several evolutions over the years. From Test cricket to one-day internationals, and eventually to the fast-paced T20 cricket, the game has continuously adapted to meet the demands of its fans. With these changes, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has worked to ensure fairness by addressing loopholes in the game. One such development is the introduction of the super over, a thrilling tiebreaker that adds an extra layer of excitement to the game. In this article, we will explore the concept of the super over in cricket, its rules, and its impact on different formats of the game.


Evolution of the Super Over

Before the introduction of the super over, a tied match meant just that - a tie with no clear winner. However, the need for a decisive outcome became apparent during the T20 International World Cup in 2007, when India and Pakistan found themselves locked in a tie. To determine the winner, a bowl-out was conducted, reminiscent of a penalty shootout in football. Although it added a dramatic element, the bowl-out was seen as a mere alternative to a proper resolution.

To provide a more cricket-centric tiebreaker, the super over concept was introduced in 2008. This revolutionary addition gave fans an opportunity to witness a thrilling one-over match to determine the winner in case of a tie. Let's delve into the specifics of the super over and how it applies to different formats of the game.


Super Over in Different Formats of the Game

Test Cricket

In Test cricket, the longest format of the game, the super over is not utilized. The traditional rules dictate that a tied match results in a draw, with neither team declared the winner or the loser.


One-Day Internationals (ODIs)

In bilateral series and the league phase of any 50-over ICC Tournament, a tied match does not trigger a super over. Instead, the points are evenly shared between the teams. However, in knockout matches such as semi-finals or finals of ICC Tournaments, a super over is played to determine the victor.

Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and Domestic T20 Leagues


In T20 cricket, including T20 international matches and domestic leagues like the IPL, BBL, and CPL, a tied match proceeds to a super over. This thrilling tiebreaker adds an extra dimension of excitement to the already fast-paced format.

Rules of the Super Over

The super over is a one-over match played between the two teams to break the tie or draw. After the main match ends in a tie, each team gets an opportunity to play six balls, or one over, to score as many runs as possible. The team that scores the highest number of runs in the super over emerges as the winner.


Here are the key rules that govern the super over in cricket:

Maximum Wickets

Each team participating in the super over can lose a maximum of two wickets. If a team loses its second wicket during the over, they cannot continue batting for the remaining balls. For example, if a wicket falls on the first ball and another on the fourth ball, the team cannot bat the remaining two balls.


Batting and Bowling Lineup

The batting team selects three batsmen to represent them in the super over, while the bowling team designates one of their top bowlers to deliver the over.

Fielding Restrictions


Unlike regular T20 matches, there are no specific fielding restrictions in a super over. A maximum of four players can field outside the 30-yard circle, which typically occurs after the powerplay phase in a regular match. The bowling team has the flexibility to choose the end from which they want to bowl.

Tied Super Over

In the event that the super over also ends in a tie, different leagues and tournaments have different methods to determine the winner.

For instance, in the 2019 World Cup Final between England and New Zealand, the super over ended in a tie. To resolve this, the winner was determined based on the boundary count in the main match. As England had hit more boundaries, they were declared the winners. However, this rule received criticism and was deemed unfair.

In international T20I matches and 50-over ICC Tournament knockout matches, an unlimited number of super overs are played until a winner is decided. This ensures a fair outcome without relying on boundary count.

In the IPL, if the first super over ends in a tie during the league phase, a second super over is played. However, if the second super over also ends in a tie, the points are shared between the teams. In the qualifiers stage of the IPL, an unlimited number of super overs are allowed to determine a clear winner.

One important rule to note when multiple super overs are played is that no batsman can bat or bowler can bowl in consecutive super overs. This means that a different set of batsmen and bowlers must be chosen for each subsequent super over.



When was the first super over played in international cricket?
The first super over in international cricket took place in a T20I match between New Zealand and West Indies on December 26, 2008.
When was the first Super Over played in the IPL?
The first Super Over in the IPL occurred in a match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2009.
How many wickets can a team lose in a super over?
A team can lose a maximum of two wickets in a super over.



The introduction of the super over in cricket has added a thrilling dimension to the game, allowing for a decisive outcome in tied matches. With its unique rules and regulations, the super over has become an integral part of T20 cricket, captivating fans with its high-stakes action. Whether it's determining the winner in an international T20I match or breaking the deadlock in the IPL, the super over continues to provide exhilarating moments that keep cricket enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.

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