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Want to know about How Net Run Rate is calculated in Cricket? What is NRR? How Net Run Rate is calculated in tournaments like IPLWorld Cup, T-20 World Cup and Domestic Leagues? What is the calculation formula for Net Run Rate?🤔

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  1. How to calculate the Net Run Rate?
  2. What is Net Run Rate or NRR?
  3. Net Run Rate calculator
  4. Different scenarios for calculating NRR

What is the Net Run Rate [NRR]?

Net Run Rate is a statistic or measure utilized by ICC to rank a team’s performance in multi-team cricket tournaments like IPL, World Cup, PSL, Big Bash League, etc.

In general terms, NRR is calculated by deducting the runs per over scored by the two teams in a specific match according to the overs faced by the teams. And in case of calculating Net Run Rate of a team for the entire tournament, we need to subtract average runs conceded throughout the tournament from average runs scored by a team.

👉👉👉  FACT – Team winning the game generally finishes with a +ve Net Run Rate and losing team with -ve Net Run Rate.

In the event that the match is a tie or match is abandoned due to unforeseen reasons between two teams, at that point the two teams will have a zero NRR.

You probably go over various circumstances in a cricket match like,

  • Both or one of the teams get bowled out
  • Or there may Rain Interruption (D/L method is used to calculate the result).

With formal definitions done and dusted take a look at the examples of calculating NRR of every possible case that can happen over the span of a match.

How to Calculate NRR in a Cricket Match?🏏

  • Scenario 1:   If both teams have batted out 50 Overs Each 

In a typical match where the two teams have batted out the full quota of 50 Overs each and the team that bats first wins, the Equation or Formula to ascertain NRR will be the distinction between the run rates of the two teams.

For Example, there was a match between India and Australia where scorecard looked like India         –  352 / 5 ( 50 Overs )
Australia  –  316 / 9 ( 50 Overs )

India won the game, their NRR will be calculated as  Run Rate of India – Run Rate of Australia
i.e (352 / 50) – (316 / 50) = 7.04 – 6.32 = 0.72
Hence, India’s NRR is +0.72 and Australia’s NRR is -0.72

Thought that it was simple, hang tight for a couple of minutes…

  • Scenario 2: When team batting second chases the target

Now when the team batting second effectively chases the target within the full quota of 50 Overs, the formula of Net Run Rate will be nearly the same as Scenario1

Example, India Vs South Africa where South Africa bats first and India chases it down in 47.3 Overs faced by the team
South Africa – 267 / 8 ( 50 Overs )
India – 269 / 4 ( 47.3 Overs )

India’s  NRR = (230 / 47.3) – (267 / 50) = 5.68 – 5.34 = 0.34
Hence, India’s NRR +0.34 and South Africa’s NRR  – 0.34


  • Scenario 3: When one team gets bowled out under 50 Overs

This scenario is not quite the same as the two cases above !

In this scenario, one thing has to be remembered that :

When a team gets all out under 50 overs while batting first or batting second the number of overs faced will remain 50 Overs instead of actual overs they faced during the calculation of Net Run Rate.

For Example, In the game of India Vs England, England gets all out at the score of 243 in 38 Overs and India chases it down in 41 Overs faced by the team. Scorecard is :
England –  243 / 10  (38 Overs)
India       –  249 / 3    (41 Overs)

NRR calculation will be as follows :
NRR of India = ( 249 / 41 ) – ( 243 / 50 ) = 1.21
India’s NRR is +1.21 and England’s NRR is  -1.21

Here you will notice that India scored slowly than England but still, they have a positive NRR that’s an added advantage of taking opposition’s all 10 wickets.

Same calculations work if India gets bowled out while chasing like (sorry if it hurts being Indian it’s just an example buddy 😉) 
England – 300 / 6 ( 50 Overs )
India – 204 / 10 ( 29 Overs )
NRR of England = ( 300 / 50 ) – ( 204 / 50 ) = + 1.92
England’s NRR is +1.92 and India’s NRR is -1.92

  • Scenario 4: Both teams get all out

So you witnessed a game of cricket which was closely fought and it was an edge of the seat thriller a perfect matchup for a final ( maybe, what’s your thought ).

Under this case, there are two possibilities that team batting first has won the game or it’s a tied one. In TIED case Net Run Rate will be equivalent to zero, hence formula for the other one is as follows:

So let’s look an example of an exuberant match of Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and  Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians – 149 / 10 (18.3 Overs)
Chennai Super Kings – 125 / 10 (17.6 Overs)

Mumbai Indians NRR = (149 / 20) – (125 / 20) = +1.20
So , MI’s NRR is +1.20 & CSK’s NRR is – 1.20

  • Scenario 5: When there is a rain-curtailed cricket match
Rain Affecting the Match and D/L Method comes into play

Now in the rain-curtailed matches, D/L method is used to calculate the revised target and overs, revised target score for the teams and the number of overs allocated are used to calculate Net Run Rate.
Pakistan – 250 / 6 (50 Overs)
India – 140 / 0 ( at 25 Overs) rain intervened
Revised Target – 195 in 40 Overs
India(after rain) – 200 / 3 in 33 Overs

India’s NRR = ( 200 / 33 ) – (194 / 40 ) = +1.21
India’s NRR is +1.21 whereas Pakistan’s NRR -1.21. { Indians don’t like loosing against their arch-rivals 😆 }

How to Calculate Net Run Rate of a team in Tournament?

Yes, Finally you have reached the conclusion of your Query for calculating Net Run Rate of a team in a tournament like IPL, World Cup, and many other domestic leagues.

Numerous individuals and I guess you also misinterpret that, mean of a team’s NRR in every match of the competition is the final Net Run Rate a team achieves.

That is not right, you misunderstood that mate.

As a matter of fact, it is the weighted mean of the runs scored by the team less the weighted mean of runs conceded by the team during the whole tournament.


As shown in the Table calculations of NRR for Complete Tournament

End Notes

Thanks ! for showing some patience for reading out this article on ” How to Calculate Net Run Rate in Cricket”.  It was really a pleasure having you here if you liked the article then share it as much as you can.
On the last note, Net Run Rate is an exceptional metric in the situation where teams are tied on the same point during the group stages of a tournament. Still, there is an opportunity to get better in this measure as wickets are not taken into account until and unless opposition gets bowled out.

So, I accept this article more likely than not cleared each and every question of yours in regards to Net Run Rate and all its potential situations.

Thanks for showing interest will meet you with a new post another day, until then Bye ! See you again



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