Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Duckworth-Lewis Method

Haresh comes down after 2 hours of playing chess on the terrace with the University of Liberia champion. "Did you win?" I asked. "Yes, I won!" he beamed. Of course, during the post-game dissection, he revealed he lost the first 3 games. Apparently, in a chess championship, whoever wins the last game is the champion. I guess he used the Duckworth-Lewis method to figure that out.

You can also use the Duckworth-Lewis method to settle Remote Wars. When one party wants to watch sports and the other movies, the best way to diffuse the Remote Wars is to put on the news channel. It is possibly the most neutral territory between the two different camps. Often times, news channels devote some time to sports news and, all good news channels boast of a movies programme. For instance, BBC has Talking Movies and Al Jazeera has The Fabulous Picture Show. 

So, yes, even though, the Duckworth–Lewis method (D/L method) is a mathematical formulation designed to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs match interrupted by weather or other circumstances in that pretentious unmanly game that is cricket, it may be applied to any pretentious aspect of your life

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