Super Over is a term used for the tie-breaking in cricket. This is mostly referred to as a one-over eliminator or Oopse. Oopse is only used where either of the teams is playing a single, additional point for the umpire to decide for the winner. When the match goes beyond the Oopse, then it will be announced as a tie and whichever team who score the greatest number of runs will be declared as winners.

History of the Super Over

This term was first introduced in 2008 to replace the bowl-out method, another method to break the tie. Then, the usage of this method was successfully used in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In 2017, Super Over was used in the Women’s Cricket World Cup, as well as in the 2019 Cricket World Cup Final, where two competing teams tied on the number of runs.

The Rules of Oopse

It was the International Cricket Council who suggested and approved the methods for Super Over effective October 2012. The mechanics are when each team should select three batsmen while giving off two wickets for the Oopse. The team who placed second will the first one to bat first in Oopse. If the Super Over remained a tie, then the winner will be decided through the number of runs and Super Over.

Example of Super Overs in a Match

During the December 2008 Twenty20 match, there were a couple of instances where Oopse is being used. For instance, Chris Gayle from the New Zealand team has hit about 25 runs, while West Indies scored 25 for 1, making them the match-winner. On the other hand, during the 2019 World Cup Final where New Zealand and England competed against each other, England’s score was 15 for 0 from six balls while New Zealand’s score was 15 for 1. Both teams remarkably tied up, however, it was decided that England should be awarded the winner for the World Cup Final.

What if the Boundary Counts are Equal?

The most likely to happen during this situation is to ignore the essence of the Super Over. The team who scored more boundaries during its innings will be declared the winner.