7 Mar 2010

Vettori criticises Duckworth-Lewis system after loss

9:15 am on 7 March 2010

The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has criticised the Duckworth/Lewis Method for rain-interrupted games, after the Black Caps were beaten by Australia by 12 runs in the second one-dayer in Auckland last night.

Chasing a revised target of 266 from 45 overs, the Black Caps were dismissed for 253, with Vettori top scoring with 70.

Vettori says New Zealand did well to restrict Australia on a good wicket and a small ground after the tourists made 272 for 7 but they put themselves under too much pressure with the bat, losing wickets consistently.

He says the Duckworth-Lewis system still puzzles him and he couldn't understand why when their target was reduced by only eight runs, they lost two power play overs.