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Cricket is a sport, it is played by 11 men with a bat and a ball.
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.
Match Conduct Edit
The two captains flip a coin, and the winner decides to bat or bowl first. After the first team (Team A) has batted or bowled, the other team (Team B) will bat or bowl. Depending on the type of match, teams may bat again (They get two innings). After this, the team with the most runs has won.
Test and First Class Matches Edit
Test matches and First Class matches are conducted in much the same way, the main difference being that test matches last 5 days and are always played by two national sides. First Class matches usually last 3 or 4 days. These are the types of matches where two innings are played for each side (each team gets to bat twice).
These games require much strategy, such as choosing when to declare. If you batted the whole 5 days, you would have a huge total, but the other team wouldn't have been able to bat and the game would be called a draw. Captains must decide when they have a large enough lead, and then declare. But that's if they aren't bowled out (have lost ten wickets/men).
Limited Overs Matches Edit
A Limited Overs match is much more simple than a Test or First Class match. You have a set number of overs (50 in a One Day match, 40 in a Pro40, and 20 in a Twenty20 are the most common) to get the highest number or runs you can. Your innings is over when the specified number of overs has passed, or you're bowled out. Then the next team bats and tries to meet your total. Then you're done. Very simple.
Terms to Know Edit
- An Over is six legal balls.
- A Run is one point.
- An Innings is when a team bats.