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ICC defends 'ridiculous' DLS finish to Pakistan-India game
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ICC defends 'ridiculous' DLS finish to Pakistan-India game

The International Cricket Council justified the seemingly farcical finish to the high-voltage World Cup clash between India and Pakistan where Sarfaraz Ahmed's side were left needing an impossible task of chasing 136 runs in 5 overs in a rain-revised target.

Before rain paused proceedings, Pakistan were 166 for six in 35 overs in pursuit of the steep target of 337.

Pakistan would have lost the encounter then by 86 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method had play not resumed.

However, the umpires felt there was time to sneak in more overs once rain relented and Pakistan were given the ludicrous target of 302 in 40 overs.

"Cricket is prone to farce - this is up there, this is a top five moment," said Jonathan Agnew, the BBC cricket correspondent.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann also raised questions over the calculation that left Pakistan requiring an outlandish 27.2 runs per over in the last five overs.

"If you're at home and you are trying to explain this to children just say that sometimes grown-ups do things that don't make sense," Swann said.

Pakistan could add just 46 runs in the remainder of the match and suffered yet another loss to India in a World Cup game by 89 runs under DLS.

Pakistan are now placed on the 9th spot with just one win coming against the tournament hosts England at Trent Bridge.

An ICC spokesman said the decision to continue the game for another five overs was to allow Pakistan a chance to improve their net run-rate since the round-robin format of the World Cup means that the rate will play a crucial role in determining the positioning of the four teams that will qualify for the semi-finals.