For 20 years SA’s toe-curling, bum-clenching defeat to Australia in the 1999 World Cup semifinal has been regarded as the most gaspingly tense ODI ever played. Except they didn’t lose. It was a tie. A tie which eliminated SA from the World Cup.    

Now a team has gone one worse than that. New Zealand tied twice in the World Cup final against England and yet still finished second behind the hosts on an obscure and frankly absurd regulation which encapsulates how batting-orientated the game is, and becomes increasingly so.  

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