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Rules of Cricket

Cricket originated in England in the 13th century. It is played throughout the world, particularly in Australia, India, England, Pakistan, the West Indies and the British Isles!

The rules of cricket are simple, this game involves a bat and a ball with 11 players in each team. It is played on a round shaped ground and has a rectangular pitch in the center. The pitch is 22 yards long and the batsman stands on one end of the pitch while the bowler bowls from the other end of the pitch. The objective of game is to make as many runs as possible, the team who makes more runs wins. There are two umpires in the game and their decisions are final and binding on the players.

The goal of the batman is to score runs while keeping his wicket intact. There are two batsmen at a time and they run across the pitch after hitting the ball to score runs. The fielder try to hit the stumps to get the batsman out when they are trying to score runs.If the ball crosses the boundary (which is at the edge of the ground) then the batsman is awarded 4 or 6 runs. If the ball directly crosses the boundary without any bounce the batsman will get 6 runs but if the ball bounces and then crosses the boundary it will be 4 runs.

The runs can be stopped if the fielders manage to get to it before it crosses the boundary.

The mission of the bowler is to get the batsman out or stop him from making runs. The bowler tries to hit the wickets (The wicket is 3 sticks planted in the ground. They are called the stumps as well). If the bowler manages to hit the stumps the batsmen is out and then a new batmen comes and takes his/her place. There are different ways of bowling for example there is spinner who bowls slower but tries to spin the ball and then there are fast bowlers. Each bowler gets one over. An over is of 6 bowls, in other word each bowler bowls 6 bowls in a row. There are of course many different ways to get the batsmen out. One way is to catch the ball after it touches the bat before it bounces. The ball can be caught by the bowler or the fielder. Another way is if the ball touches the batsmen’s leg before bat but that only works if the leg is in front of the wicket. We call that LBW. One can also get the batsman run out. If the batsman goes for the run and has not reached the opposite side of the wicket then the fielder can hit the wicket to get the batsman out. When the all the batmen are out the teams swap. The team that was bowling now bats and the team that was batting now bowls. The team that scores more runs wins the game.

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