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How Net Run Rate (NRR) is calculated in Indian Premier League (IPL)

In the Indian Premier League, Net Run Rate (NRR) is a vital element. Since the matches are very closely-fought, more often than not, the NRR becomes the differentiating factor. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), NRR is calculated by taking the runs scored by a team, subtracting the runs conceded by a team, and dividing the result by the number of overs faced. 

The formula for Net Run Rate is:

(Runs scored / Overs faced) – (Runs conceded / Overs bowled)

This is essentially the net run rate calculator. It is used as a tie-breaker in case teams have the same number of wins and losses. The team with the higher NRR is ranked higher in the standings.

To elaborate further, here is the net run rate calculator

Net Run Rate = Run Rate For – Run Rate Against

Run Rate For = Total Runs scored in the whole tournament / Total number of overs played by the team in the competition

Run Rate Against = Total Runs scored against the team in the whole tournament / Total number of overs played against the team in the competition

Now, in IPL, a team’s net run rate (say A) is calculated by deducting the average runs scored per over by the team (A) in the competition to the average runs scored against the same team (A). 

For instance, if Mumbai Indians scored 160 runs in their allotted 20 overs. As such, Mumbai’s run rate is 8 rpo. 

Now, if MI’s opponent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) scored 140 runs in 20 overs.

So RCB’s run rate in that match will be = 140/20 = 7.00.

Now in order to calculate Mumbai Indians’ NRR in that match, all we have to do is deduct RCB’s run rate from Mumbai’s run rate.

As per the net run rate calculator, net result is then divided by the total number of teams in the tournament and this is how NRR is calculated as the tournament progresses and veers through to the playoffs. 

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