Cricket Matches – What Exactly is Cricket?
Cricket is a ball and bat game played on a flat ground with two sides, in the center of which are a wicket in each end, containing a single bail and four stumps, each containing two hands and four fingers. A ball, a stump, a player, and a field have to be in place before the match begins. The match usually follows an order, with the topmost batsman leading from the other two, with the two remaining batsmen taking up a position at either end of the batting order, to form the bowling team. The field is lined to face the batsman in the first two deliveries, and there is no interference from the outfield to control where the ball will go, and no boundaries are in existence on the field.
Wickets are scored when the ball enters or passes through the batsman’s line of action. If the ball is hit, a boundary is taken, and it is also possible to score if the ball bounces over the head of an outfield player or comes in contact with a cricket ball that has touched another player on the field, such as a bowler. In all cases, when a ball is struck by a batsman, it is considered to be hit for him by the end of the first delivery. After that, he must pass over a boundary by passing through or hitting a stumped player, if he has hit one. The time at which the ball is hit is known as the run-up period.
Cricket can be a game of strategy, skill and luck, depending on how the match is being played and the weather conditions. For example, in some matches, the winner is decided when there are no outfield players, whereas in others, an outfield player may play a major role. In many countries, the match is also won by a boundary, but this depends largely on the team batting. The match can also be decided by the captain of the team, as in the case of the Test match between West Indies and India in 1996. When a team wins the match, they win the match outright, and the other team wins only one match or draws, and is eliminated from the competition. Sometimes, in tournaments, teams alternate wins and draws, with the final being decided by a match or two. The team with the most matches wins is said to have the “least number of matches” in the tournament, and the team with the most number of matches that drawing is called the “greatest number of matches” in the tournament.