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The following sentences are in relation with cricket. In TV, it shows:

They need 25 runs off 30 balls.

But I wonder, however, that what would be the difference if I spell something like:

They need 25 runs in 30 balls.

Are these both acting like synonyms?

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    Cricket has its own way of saying perfectly ordinary things in peculiar ways, perhaps to deliberately confuse Americans unfamiliar with the sport. As with most sports lingo I would just copy what is commonly said and not worry about the grammar of it. :)
    – Andrew
    Sep 9, 2017 at 6:46
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    Both ok, you could also say 25 runs from 30 balls, or even 25 runs in the last 5 overs.
    – James K
    Sep 14, 2017 at 19:46

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Agree with Andrew. Just stick with the way it's most commonly said. In this case, I think it makes more sense saying "off", versus "in" as saying "in" makes me think of a "place" rather than the object. If you're interested in more sports and cricket lingo, there's this site that can help.

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