The Biggest Duckworth-Lewis Horror of the Century as England Win

Dann KhanAnalyst IMarch 21, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 4: Matt Prior of England is watched by Denesh Ramdin  during the NatWest Series match between England and West Indies at Edgbaston on July 4, 2007 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Finally, England can call themselves lucky. Really lucky.

It was a fine match going on between England and West Indies at Guyana. England posted a competitive score of 270/7 with Paul Collingwood making a 69 and Owais Shah also contributing with a 62.

The West Indies in reply started of by losing the wicket of Chris Gayle very early, but then Ramnaresh Srwan and Lendl Simmons put up a century stand though at a fairly slow rate.

Finally, a stage was reached when the light started fading and the West Indies having to get runs at seven an over with same number of wickets remaining.

That's when Shivnariane Chandrapaul and Kieron Pollard were batting and were fairly set.

Chanders then took Harmison to the cleaners as he scored 4,6,4,4,4,4 or 26 runs of his over.

Now the Windies started calling the shots. But in the following overs, they kept on losing wickets and scoring runs.

Finally when Denesh Ramdin got out, the light was fairly dark though the conditions were still playable.

This is when the light was offered to the Windies, who obeyed their coach John Dyson and took it.

This is where the spoilers Duckworth and Lewis came in. Mr. Dyson thought that his team was ahead according to the chart, while Captain Andrew Strauss thought it was his team winning the race.

And of course, it was the Brit captain who was right.

Mr. Dyson miscalculated the DL par score and ensured that his team lost by a teasing run.

He said he was looking down the wrong column.

This match was a great one, but it was overshadowed by this super blunder. I just hope that coach Dyson is able to concentrate for the rest of the matches and continues to maintain good relationships with his players.

As for the DL rule, it once again raises the question. Is such a complicated chart required?

Despite its many failures, I would still root for it, as we do not have anything better. As for coach Dyson, I feel sorry and I understand that anyone can commit a mistake.

I hope his team understands, though.