Cricket is a sport that is played by millions and loved by billions of people from all corners of the globe. Cricket has been played for centuries with the first International match occurring way back in 1844. From that time it has continued to develop into the vibrant and exciting modern game that is played today.
Introduction to Cricket
Cricket is a bat and ball sport that involves two teams with 11 players on each side. The aim of the game is to score more runs than the opposition. One player (the bowler) bowls a hard leather ball at speeds of up to 150km/h at a player from the opposing team, who then attempts to hit it with a bat in order to score runs.
Cricket is played in an oval-shaped field. In the middle of the field there is a pitch which is where most of the action takes place.
At either end of the pitch you’ll find these things, they’re called wickets. They’re made-up of three wooden stumps that support two bails. The batting team has two batters at a time in play while the fielding side has all the 11 players on the field.
How to Score Runs in Cricket ?
A batsman scores runs in two ways:
• Boundaries – If the batsman hit the ball far enough that it crosses the outer boundary of the field. If the ball has bounced it’s worth four runs. If it clears the boundary on the full it’s worth six. The maximum number of runs that can be scored from one hit is six.
• Running between Wickets – Another way to score runs is through the two batsmen running the length of the pitch in opposite directions whilst the fielders are retrieving the ball. One length of the pitch completed equals one run. The aim for the fielding side is to restrict the number of runs scored by the batting side whilst trying to get the batsman out.
When a batsman is out, they leave the field of play and another teammate replaces them. Once all the batters of a team are out, the sides swap. The fielding team then have their turn to bat. They attempt to beat the overall score set by the first batting team. But simply the winner is the team with the most runs after both sides have batted.
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