I am curious about this. Usually if batsmen have completed a run and run for another and run out in the process, they are awarded with the run they completed.

Now, if 2 runs are required off the final ball. Batsmen complete the first run and then set off for the second, and one is run-out in the process. Is the match tied now? Why or why not ?

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Starting from the basics: Law 18.1 says that the batsmen have scored a run:

A run is scored [...] so often as the batsmen, at any time while the ball is in play, have crossed and made good their ground from end to end.

Law 18.9 states

When a batsman is dismissed [...] No other runs shall be credited to the batting side, except as follows. If a batsman is


(b) dismissed Run out, the batting side shall also score runs completed before the wicket was put down.

So in this circumstance, the batsmen completed one (and only one) run before the wicket was put down; therefore the batting team scores one run and the scores are equal. We now refer to Law 21.5:

The result of a match shall be a Tie when the scores are equal at the conclusion of play, but only if the side batting last has completed its innings.

Assuming that you are referring to a limited overs match, the side batting last has completed its innings, and the scores are equal. Therefore the match is a tie.

If this were the final ball of a timed match, then the match would be a draw as the side batting last had not completed its innings (except in the case that the run out was the last wicket; then it would again be a tie).


Yes the match is tied.

Because both team's scores are level.

For Example

Team A score 329 runs by batting first and Team B is on 328 on last ball of the match, so Team B is required 2 runs in 1 ball.

According to your question's situation Team B get 1 run on last ball because their batsman is runout, so both team's scores are 329 while the allotted overs are over that's why Match is Tied.

Hope this might help you

  • This would be a better answer if you could provide a reference to the Laws of Cricket.
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Feb 28, 2017 at 13:47

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