'Duckworth-Lewis is rubbish': Pune coach Fleming rues defeat in rain-affected match

Expressing complete displeasure at the Duckworth-Lewis method, RPS coach Stephen Fleming termed the rule as rubbish, saying a change is needed in the shortest format

PTI May 16, 2016 12:11:16 IST
'Duckworth-Lewis is rubbish': Pune coach Fleming rues defeat in rain-affected match

Kolkata: Expressing complete displeasure at the Duckworth-Lewis method, Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming termed the ICC approved rule for rain-truncated games as "rubbish", saying that a change is needed at least in the shortest format.

"Duckworth-Lewis is rubbish. As soon as you get to D/L, the game is over. I've been saying that for years. The others have said it as well, but there's no point carrying on too much about it," Fleming said, after his team's campaign turned from bad to worse on Saturday, losing to KKR by eight wickets. This was RPS' ninth loss in 12 games. "It needs to be addressed. There's no willingness to change. It's not made for a T20 game. It's just ridiculous and until it's addressed you just hope the sky doesn't open up," Fleming said.

DuckworthLewis is rubbish Pune coach Fleming rues defeat in rainaffected match

The rain covers come on at the Eden Gardens. BCCI

The Supergiants, who are out of the race for a last four berth, had to suffer after they were set to defend 66 from nine overs as per D/L method, a target Knight Riders knocked off in five overs. Opting to bat on a slow and turning wicket, Supergiants crawled to 103/6 in 17.4 overs, with skipper MS Dhoni in the middle of one of his slowest innings, scoring eight not out from 22 balls when rain interrupted the proceedings.

But the Kiwi defended Dhoni and said they could have got to a score of 135-plus which would have been par on a turning surface. "We could have got 135 or 140, maybe 25 runs in the last three overs. We thought 135 would have been a good score. With Dhoni there, we were looking at those last two overs in particular. But we were denied that, so that's one aspect of our score. It was slowing, turning. Probably it would have got slower if there was no rain," he lamented. "The track was turning. We knew it would have been a difficult chase with our spinners but as soon as D/L came in, the game was over. As simple as that."

Asked about Dhoni's unusually slow innings, he said, "It was hard, a difficult pitch to bat on. The approach was to
play positive cricket but we lost wickets because the ball turned. It was a difficult score. We knew we would lose wickets on that type of a pitch. With spinners on, it would have been a difficult chase," he said. "Soon they reduced the score, and with the wet ball and rain, it was difficult. There was not much about the game apart from the fact that rain reduced what could have been a tight chase. The longer the game went on, we would have had a better chance. As soon as the game was curtailed, it was game over," he added.

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