What You Need To Know About A Cricket Match
Cricket is actually a bat and ball game played on a flat ground in the center of which is an enclosed wicket which is at either end of a 22-foot pitch, each containing two stumps, each containing two bails attached to three posts balanced by two large hoops. The batting team must score more runs in their side than the number of wickets they have at the other end. The match is always played with two wickets each; this is usually for the entire duration of the match; however in matches where there are a limited number of wickets to be taken the batting side can take two extra wickets which are known as ‘match bonus’. In other words, if a team scores less than the total number of wickets taken by their opposition to the match is declared a draw and the player who scored the maximum number of runs is declared the winner of the match.
The match is usually between two sides; however in some matches one team may also be allowed to play with the other as a replacement. This situation is known as a “one day” match. The match is always played on Sunday; however there are occasions when matches are played on alternate days; the latter being known as “daylight matches”. There is no set day or time for cricket matches; this depends on the weather. One can find out exactly when the match will be played on the official site of the tournament through the television monitors located at all entrance points. Some matches are played at night, while others are held during the day.
Cricket is played on a very large surface and this means that the field in which the match is being played may be many miles long; in some cases even longer than the distance from home to the venue for the major tournaments. In many cases where there are a large number of spectators at the match is often played on a larger field to prevent overcrowding. The field is usually covered with tarred and prepared grass. It is important to ensure that the grass is completely prepared before the cricket match and it is best to do so when the ground is dry. This is because rain and other elements such as wind and sun may make it too wet for the grass to grow in. and will therefore not be able to withstand the impact of the game. As well as the pitch being required to be dry and the field being cleared of debris it should also be thoroughly drained of its water after each over-flowing.