explained from an American Viewpoint
take a stab at this. As an American, perhaps I
can explain in a way more easy to understand to fellow Yanks.
a cricket match, there are two sides with eleven players each.
There are two main varieties of cricket, regular
cricket and "one-day" cricket. One day cricket is a
recent invention and I'll talk about it separately later.
length of a cricket match can be whatever. Generally,
the more important the match, the
longer. The longest
matches are the international ones, where one country pits
11 players against another country.
These matches are
called "tests" and last five days. They usually play
eight to ten hours a day, so it's quite a long game.
in "runs" like baseball but at a much higher rate.
In a test match it's quite common for each
side to score over
five hundred (!) runs.
a cricket match each side (teams are called "sides")
is up twice. The first team bats, the second team
first team bats, the second team bats, and whaddaya
know, it's five days later. Whoever scores the most runs wins, of
course. What baseball calls a "half-inning," cricket
calls "innings." So the first team has its "first
the second team (whoops! side) has its "first innings",
the each side has its "second innings."
is what happens when a side has its innings: they send up
their first *two* in their batting order. In cricket,
two "batsmen" are up at a time, not one. They bat
and bat and bat and bat until one
of them is out. Then he sits
down, and the third man in the order replaces him.
Then those two bat and bat and bat until
one of them is out.
Then that person is replaced by the fourth person in
the order, and so on. This goes on until ten of the eleven
out. Then the innings are over, because the last
person cannot bat alone, you need two to bat in cricket. After ten
people are out, the other team has their innings.
in played with the batsmen in the middle of an oval shaped
field (the "cricket ground"). There is no foul ter-
ritory in cricket. You can hit the ball in any direction,
including directly behind you. Cricket bats
have a flat
edge (well, it's slightly rounded) so that the batsman can
direct the ball in a preferred direction.
cricket is way more involved than in baseball. There
are several different "strokes" (not "swings"),
and batsmen are
often known for being good at particular ones rather
than others. Cricket is the game that gave us the saying
ferent strokes for different blokes" (true!).
how do two guys bat? OK. In cricket,
there are no bases. Each batsman is
standing at either end of a rec-
tangular area in the middle of the cricket ground, kind of
long and thin like a bowling alley (not
*that* long and
thin). Here's where the real cricketers will get
me: I think the central area, which
is called the "pitch", is
about 66 ft. long and 10 ft. wide.
is like this: one batsman receives the ball (I'll say
how very shortly) and hits the ball in any direction to
the outer part of the cricket ground. While the fieldsmen
are chasing the ball and trying to throw
it back to the
center, the two batsmen *change places*. This scores
one run. If they have time, they change
places again. That
scores another run. If they have time, they change places
the above diagram, the rectangle is the pitch and B1 and B2
are the batsmen. Say B2 hits the ball. While it's away
from the center, B1 and B2 run and change places as
many times as possible. Each time they do, they score one run.
outer edge of the cricket ground is marked with a rope. This
is called the "boundary." If a hit ball
goes over this rope to the outside, it scores
four runs automatically without the batsmen having to run
at all. If
a batsman hits a fly ball that lands outside the rope, that scores
six runs automatically. These are known as "fours"
and "sixes" and also "boundaries." Incidentally, if
the ball is hit just far enough for the
batsmen to change places
once, scoring one run, this is called a "single."
cricket, the pitchers are called "bowlers." Here are the
main differences from baseball:
cannot *throw* the ball. They must bowl it.
The crucial difference is: when you throw a ball, at the end of
the motion you are straightening your elbow. When you bowl, your
elbow is straight almost the whole time (except at the
very beginning) so you're making this wide circular arc with your arm.
can bowl overarm or underarm, but 99.99% of the time the ball is bowled
you bowl the ball toward the batsman, it's OK for the ball
to bounce off the ground before it reaches him.
fact, 99.9% of the time, this is exactly what happens. In cricket, unlike
baseball, the bowler can take a running
start. In fact, the "fast bowlers," as they're called,
are running at a flat-out sprint when they release the
Where are they? They are on the opposite side of the pitch
from the batsman who is going to bat. How do you
which side of the pitch? I'll explain that shortly.
the same picture from before, with the bowler "BL"
drawn in. The batsman who's not batting is standing off to
the side, which is what really happens. The bowler has
to release the ball before he crosses the line. Remember
bowler is not just standing there, he has run in from 'way
outside your CRT :) I've just drawn him in where he approxi-
mately is when he releases the ball. That guy "WK"
behind the batsman is the wicketkeeper, the cricket version of the
catcher. The wicket (more on what
that is later) is directly behind the batsman,
directly in front of the wick-
etkeeper, and actually there's one on each side.
we can see now what the team that's "out in the field"
is doing. One guy's bowling, one's the wicketkeeper,
other nine are standing at strategic spots all
the way around the cricket ground.
I *think* I'm now ready to explain how the game
is played! Wasn't it worth the wait? Here goes:
cricket, there are no balls and strikes. Instead of trying
to "strike out" the batsman, the bowler is
"take his wicket." Instead of a strike zone,
there is a wooden thing called a "wicket"
directly behind the batsman.
It has three vertical pieces and two horizontal ones
and looks like this:
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
vertical pieces are called "stumps" and the crosspieces
"bails." The whole thing is about two feet tall
nine or ten inches wide. When you hit the wicket with
the ball one or both of the crosspieces will fall off. This
central to getting a batsman out. Pay attention, this is the crux of
the matter here: the bowler bowls the ball to
in such a way as to try to knock the wicket over. The batsman isn't
just trying to score runs, he's "defending his wicket."
carefully, this is almost always the point
that drives baseball players crazy: when
the batsmen hit the
ball in cricket, they DO NOT HAVE TO RUN!!! If the batsman
hits the ball and it only goes ten feet, and there
chance for him and his "partner" to change
places, they don't. They just stand there.
At first, that sounds like
the weirdest thing, but you have to look at it in the context
of protecting your wicket. If the bowler bowls
ball really really well, it may be all the batsman can
do but protect the wicket. Remember, in cricket you keep bat-
ting until you're out ("your wicket is taken") so
this is vitally important!
when I said in cricket the batsmen have lots of
different strokes? Well, they're classified as "defensive
strokes" and "offensive strokes." The defensive strokes
are not designed to score any runs, but rather to dribble
ball away a few feet, protecting the wicket.
I have to explain about "overs." Before I said I'd
get around to telling you how they know
which side to throw
from. This is it. A cricket innings
is divided into "overs." In one over,
a bowler delivers six balls from the
same side of the cricket pitch. When this is done, a
different bowler delivers six balls from
the other side.
That's the next over. Then a different bowler from *that*
one (might be the first bowler, but doesn't
have to be)
bowls the next over from the first side again.
we clear? In over #1, bowler 1 (BL1) bowls from left to right
six times. Then, in over #2, BL2 bowls from right to
left six balls. Then, in over #3, BL1 (or somebody
else) bowls from left to right six balls. Who bowls is a strategy
thing. The only catch is, one bowler can't bowl one
over, then run over to the other side and
bowl the next over.
Overs are also very important in cricket statistics
(like baseball, cricket is statistics-laden). You see things like
runs per over, etc. Also they're used to time things
"you wouldn't believe what happened in the
37th over", you'll
hear people say.
if BL1 bowls the ball to batsman 2 (B2) and B2 gets an even
number of runs (including 0) he will face the next ball
also. But if B2 gets an odd number of runs, he and B1 will
be on the opposite sides of the
pitch from where they
started, so on the next ball, BL1 would actually be bowling to
B1. If B1 hit an odd number of runs, but
it was the
*last* ball of the over, he would again wind up facing the
next ball, but on the other side of the pitch, and from the
are several other ways a batsman can be
made out besides having the wicket knocked over by the
Here are some of the more common ones:
the batsman hits a fly ball and it is caught, he is out, just like
the ball hits the batsman's leg and an umpire rules
it would have hit the wicket if the leg hadn't been there, the
batsman is out because he must "defend his wicket" only with
his bat, not with his leg. This
is called "lbw" which
stands for "leg before wicket."
batsmen are only "safe" (the cricket term
is "making your ground") when they are
on the *outside* of the outer
lines which demarcate the pitch (actually, the pitch
has more lines than I've drawn, but it'll do for
either batsman is inside the lines, such as when
they're running to exchange places, they can be made out by knocking
over the wicket closest to them. There is no tagging
when the batsman makes a stroke, his momentum
may carry him inside the line. If he's missed the ball, but the
ball hasn't hit the wicket, the wicketkeeper may have caught it.
In this case, the wicketkeeper can get the batsman out
by knocking over the wicket (the wicketkeeper is standing
directly behind the wicket, which is directly
batsman) before the batsman can get back across the line.
some odds and ends: the wicketkeeper wears a leather glove on *each*
hand. The fieldsmen do not wear any sort of
glove. When the batsmen run in cricket, they take
their bats with them. To "make their ground"
(be in safe terri-
tory) it is not necessary for them to physically cross the
line, all they have to do is touch safe territory with the
tip of their bat. In fact, when batsman score more than one run
at a time in cricket, you'll see them run to the other
side, stop before they get to the line, touch their bat just over the
line, and then turn and run back.
Cricket is played by two sides of 11.
Each side is up twice.
The first side is up, they send two guys to the field.
The two batsmen stand at either end of the
The bowler delivers the first ball of the first over.
The batsman tries to hit the ball and/or defend his wicket.
He hits the ball in any direction in an oval-shaped
with a relatively flat-bladed bat.
If he hits the ball, he does not have to run.
If he hits the ball a little, he and his partner
If he hits it far enough, he may get a "boundary."
If he gets out (wicket knocked over, fly ball caught, etc.) he
leaves the field and is replaced by the next guy in the
But the two men keep batting until one of them is out.
When ten men are out, the innings is over and the other team is up.
When each team has been up twice, the game is over.
If it's a test match, five days have elapsed.
The team with the most runs wins.
As in baseball, if the last team is having
their last innings ("bottom of the ninth")
and they surpass the other
team's run count, the game ends immediately at that point.
new piece of terminology: two batsmen are up at a time in
cricket. The one who is actually facing the next ball is
called the "striker." He is also
known as being "on strike."
piece of cricket strategy: recall that the striker is out "lbw"
if the ball hits his leg, and the umpire rules
would have hit the wicket if the leg hadn't been
there. Well, the bowler is well aware of this fact.
A large part
of the bowler's strategy is to try and spin the ball around the
striker's bat and into the wicket. But you also need to
know that a large part of the bowler's strategy is also to
try and spin the ball around the striker's bat and into his
leg! When a batsman is given out lbw you'll often hear that he was
"trapped lbw". This is an acknowledgment of the fact
that the bowler did it on purpose.
the "on" side in cricket is also called the "leg"
side. And yet another thing I forgot: how international teams are
chosen. Each of the cricket-playing nations (I'll mention
these in the next post) has a national board known as
"selectors" who choose who will represent
that country in the next international match.
Remember, there's no
substitution in cricket except in certain cases of injuries. So the selectors
decide who exactly will play. From what I
have personally seen, I think the
selectors take more collective shit than anyone else
connected with cricket.
You haven't heard anything until you hear a few cricket fans start talking
about their nation's selectors.
I already told you that the length of a
cricket match varies. How it works is: the length of
the match is agreed
upon before the match starts. For example, in a test match, the
agreed-upon time is five days. When the five days are
up, the match is over. So, while there is no rigid "clock"
as in American football, cricket matches do have an implicit
a cricket match is not completely finished when time runs out, the
match is a draw, no matter how lopsided the score
may be. This has strategic consequences. Supposing in
a test match the first side has their first innings, and they
are so good they bat and bat and bat and bat for five days, they've
scored over a thousand runs and the other
hasn't batted yet. Guess what! The game's a
draw! You didn't win!
cricket has a way around this,
it's called "declaring." At any
time the captain of the team that is
batting may "declare" that their innings are
over, even though maybe they are only
in the middle of the batting
order. The team immediately takes the field, and the other
team has their innings.
suppose you're the captain of the first side to bat in a test match.
Your team bats and bats and bats for the first
two days, and you've only had six wickets taken. You could
keep batting until your other four wickets are taken,
you're worried that the game won't finish in five days. For the
game to finish, of course, you have to take all
wickets of the opposing side *twice*. So,
you declare. This gets you immediately to work on the
job of taking the
other side's wickets.
cricket matches, below the
skill level of international cricket,
are allocated less time than five
days. This is because as the skill level goes
down, the batsmen aren't as good and it's easier to
get them out, so
the whole thing takes less time.
Oh, by the way...suppose during a cricket match it starts to rain and
play stops waiting for the rain to stop. Supposing
during a test match it rains for
two days straight. Surprise! The time is NOT MADE
UP! Only got three days to
play a five- day match? Better hurry!
we having fun yet? Time to move on to the
exciting topic of "extras," also known as "sundries."
not every pitch goes perfectly. There are wild
pitches, passed balls, balks, etc. Weird things
happen in cricket
too, and collectively they are called "extras."
The main ones are "no balls", "wides", "byes",
"no ball" results when the bowler
bowls the ball illegally. There
are several possibilites here. For
example, if the bowler throws the ball, rather than bowling it,
that is a "no ball." A
"wide" is another type of
illegal ball, one that is bowled so far wide of the batsman that
the umpire feels it is unreachable.
penalty is the same in either case. The batting team is awarded
one run, and the illegal ball is *not counted* as
part of the over. OK? An over is six balls.
The bowler bowls three times. There's three left in the over.
bowls a wide or a no-ball. There's *still* three balls left in the
in cricket statistics (which I'll have a section
on later) the runs for each time are tallied next to the name
of the batsman who scored them. But runs accrued by no-ball or
wide are tallied in a separate column labelled "extras",
the point being no batsman gets credit for having
"bye" in cricket is just like a passed ball in baseball.
The bowler bowls the ball, it goes right past the striker,
doesn't hit the wicket, and the wicketkeeper fails to stop
the ball and it goes way out into the field.
If the two
batsmen think they can get away with it, they will
start running and score runs. These runs are tallied as "extras"
although they are not "penalty" runs as in wides
"leg-bye" is the same as a bye, except the ball
bounces off the batsman's body somewhere. You remember from before,
if the ball hits the batsman's leg and the umpire feels it
would have hit the wicket, the batsman is out lbw. But
the umpire doesn't think it would have hit the wicket, and
the ball bounces out into the field, the batsmen can
However, this is not allowed if the umpire
thinks the striker stuck his body purposely in the ball's
way. It has
to be an accident.
last point on extras: if the bowler delivers a wide or a
no-ball and the ball goes out into the field, the batsmen
can also run. If they do, the runs scored are counted
as extras. But if they run, they
are not awarded the one
penalty run that they get if they just stand there.
here's something I should have mentioned earlier but I forgot.
When a batsman is out in cricket,
he is not
*automatically* out. Even if he hits an easy pop fly which
is caught, even if his wicket is blown to smithereens by the
ball, the batsman is not out *yet*. Someone on the fielding team
has to ask an umpire "is this guy out?" and the umpire
will then call the guy out. The umpire WILL NOT
call a player out unless he is
asked (the cricket term is
"appealed") by the fielding team.
actual phrase used to appeal to the umpire is
"how's that?" which is such a standard phrase you may as well
it "howzat?" Since *all* outs must be preceded by the
call howzat, one thing you will sometimes see is a wicketkeeper
rather obnoxiously calling "how's that" to the umpire
after virtually every delivery of the ball
in which anything
remotely questionable happens.
The signal the umpire makes to signal a batsman
out is holding up one finger.
day cricket has been around about twenty-five or thirty years,
I have been told. Apparently, ticket sales
declining in international test matches. People only wanted to attend
on the last day, they weren't happy sitting at the
cricket ground eight to ten hours and going home having no
idea who was going to win the match.
So they came up a
one-day version of cricket, which, while decried
by the purists, is nonetheless today a very
popular form of the
are two major rule changes in one-day cricket,
and several minor ones. Major change #1: each side is
once. Major change #2: each of the two innings
of the match has a set maximum number
of overs. It's as if in
baseball your team was told the pitcher was only going
to pitch a maximum of 15 balls to your team,
whether you'd had three out or not.
In fact, one-day cricket is also commonly known as "limited-overs"
Typically in an international match each side is given fifty overs.
Another rule change, each bowler can only bowl some
set maximum number of overs (typically ten). To understand
this, recall that in cricket there is no substitution. You
have to decide before the match who you're going to put it. Without
this rule, in a one-day match you would be tempted
to send in two bowlers and nine hot bats. But if
no one person can bowl more than ten overs in a fifty-over innings,
your team must have at least five who can
bowl. This restores some balance to the game.
are also restrictions on the way you can place your
fieldsmen in a one-day match, but that's beyond the scope of
still leaving out descriptions of bowling and the major types
of strokes. Should I try and do anything with these?
I mean, without pictures, I don't know how anyone can really visualize
what's going on.
review from parts 1&2, this is a cricket ground:
* * * *
* * * *
cricket ground is oval shaped with a rectangular area
called the "pitch" in the middle. Here's a
closer look at
"BOWLER" is running in from the left to deliver the ball to
the batsman "B1." Behind B1
is "|" the wicket he's
defending. Behind that is "WK" the wicketkeeper.
On the other side of the pitch is "B2", the other batsman
Below B2 is "|" the other wicket.
bowler bowls six balls to the batsman, and that's called an "over."
In my last post I mentioned a bowler can't bowl
two overs in a row, but I neglected to mention that you also cannot change
bowlers in the middle of an over.
me explain about player substitutions: except in a few limited
circumstances involving injury to a player, there
are no substitutions in cricket. The same eleven
players bat and field for the entire
match. Bowlers act as
fieldsmen when they are not actually bowling. When a bowler is
not good with a bat, you put him at the bottom of your
batting order and hope for the best. When a player
is a good bowler and also a good batsman he is
called an "all-
me explain about the captain: cricket teams don't have a
head coach or manager as in major
Instead, one of the players is the "captain," also commonly
called the "skipper," and he does the things that a manager
would do such as setting the batting order, placing
the fieldsmen, etc.
looked over my previous post, I think it's now time to
mention some of the major strategy points of cricket.
Cricket strategy is very intricate, but there are one or two Very Big
Considerations that should be brought out early.
The first Really Big Thing is this notion "you
bat 'til you're out." Let me make a baseball analogy.
a baseball player and you're a very good hitter, like Barry Bonds.
You're so good your team expects you to get two hits
per game. Suppose you're up in the first inning
and you strike out. Guess what! In
baseball, that's OK! You'll
have approximately four other chances in the game to
get your hits. Cricket is *very* different.
you're a cricket player ("cricketer") and you're a very
good batsman. You're so good your side expects you to
score about 80 runs every time you're up. Now suppose you
go up to bat for your team, and on the very first ball, your
wicket is knocked over. Guess what! You don't get another
chance! You're out! You're finished! You're done!
it! Your teammates will have to get those 80 runs for you,
because you're not coming back! True, your team will have a
second innings, but they're expecting you to score 80 runs
in those innings too.
point is the cricket batsman's head is on a chopping
block with every ball. The most obvious manifestation
this situation is that you will see many batsmen
batting conservatively when they first
start batting, and
progressively get more aggresive as they score runs.
And it's why there can be a lot of
tension in the air of a
cricket match even when not much seems to be happening
to the casual eye.
situation between bowler and batsman has many variables not in baseball.
Let me start with the bowler.
bowler takes a running start. He can run
from any direction, at any speed. The fact that
he's running as he
releases the ball not only adds to the speed of the
ball, but also he can twist his whole body into the delivery
put a really wicked spin on the ball. You
know how in baseball, the ball is
replaced every time it's hit, or
there's any suspicion that it is not perfectly round? Well
in cricket they use the same ball for a very long time. The
old rule was you used the same ball for the entire match,
but that has been relaxed somewhat. Still the ball is only
replaced about once a day or every other day, and as it gets lumpier,
it flies and bounces more and more irregularly.
And don't forget the bowler bowls the ball overhanded and it bounces
off the ground. The ground in a cricket
should be smooth but of course ground isn't perfect,
and combined with the spin the bowler puts on the ball and
fact that it's lumpy, it's an intriguing proposition for a
a lot of different ways to place the fieldsmen in a round
field. I can't describe it explicitly
pictures, but suffice it to say that there are
definite positions for fieldsmen in cricket, and when you place
players, it's based on who's batting, who's bowling,
what types of balls you will bowl in this over, and based on all
that, and weather conditions etc., which way you think the
ball is likely to go when the batsman hits it.
Now the batsman also has more choices than the
baseball batter. As in baseball, the batsman wants to
hit the ball
where nobody is standing. But because
there are many different cricket strokes, both offensive and
bat has a flat blade, and there is no
foul territory, there's just a lot more that a batsman can do.
Now, suppose two batsmen are
up (it's called a "partnership")
and one is a lot better than the other? You
want the better batsman to face as many balls as possible.
Who receives the next ball depends on what over is it
whether you have hit an odd or even number of runs lately.
So, if you're the better batsman and you're receiving
ball, you want to hit an even number of runs. Notice
that if you get a boundary that's either 4 or 6 runs, both
numbers. If you're the weaker batsman you'll try to hit a
single (which we recall is one run) so as to get the better
player to face the bowler. On the last ball of an over,
a good player may purposely try and hit a single so
will continue to face the ball when the next over starts.
honestly not sure if it's useful at this
point to enumerate some of the more
common types of balls and
strokes. I think I'll leave them out for now.
But you should know the difference between the on and off sides.
OFF SIDE (right handed batsman)
ON SIDE (right handed batsman)
the batsman B1 in the above picture is
batting right- handed. The entire cricket ground is then divided
an imaginary line (the long dotted line in the middle of the drawing).
The batsman's strong side is called the "on" side
of the field. The other side is called the
"off" side. These terms are used in naming
field positions (mid-on vs.
mid-off, for example) and in general commentary of what's
going on in the match.
terminology: you can win a cricket match by runs or by wickets.
It happens like this. Suppose you are the
second team to bat, and it's your second innings, therefore the
last innings of the match. One
of two things can
happen: your run total surpasses that of the other team, in which
case you win; or your tenth and last wicket is taken
and you still have less runs than the other team, in which
case you lose.
team A has scored 550 runs in its two innings. Your team B
is batting its second innings. Unfortunately, your
last wicket is taken when you only have 530
runs. The expression is "team A won
by 20 runs" which is worded the
same as any baseball game (lot more runs, though).
other situation is different. Suppose you have 549 runs and
your batsman hits a boundary 6 when you're only on your
seventh wicket. The four runs added to your score give you
555 runs, and the match ends immediately. You win. But
is not common to say "you won by 5 runs."
Instead, the correct expression is "team
B beat team A by *three
wickets*." I spend all this time explaining
this point because it's an important example of cricket thinking:
had three more wickets with which to keep
batting and scoring runs, but you didn't need them.
a box score from a recent one-day match between the West Indies
and Pakistan that I got from cricinfo (thanks,
guys). After the score I will give a translation.
B.C. Lara c Latif
b Mushtaq 14
D.L. Haynes c Mushtaq b Akram
b Rehman 81
K.L.T. Arthurton c Anwar b Mushtaq 63
R.B. Richardson c Malik b Mushtaq 7
C.L. Hooper c Mujtaba b Akram
J.C. Adams not out
b Akram 2
A.C. Cummins stumped Latif b Qadir 10
b Akram 4
C.A. Walsh not out
Extras: (b3, lb10, nb2, w20)
Total: (nine wickets - 50 overs) 260
of wickets: 1-26, 2-57, 3-189, 4-201, 5-204,
6-222, 7-234, 8-251, 9-256
Akram 10-1-40-4, Rehman 10-1-59-1,
Mushtaq 10-1-46-3, Qadir
Malik 7-0-35-0, Mujtaba
Saeed Anwar c Lara b Hooper
Asif Mujtaba c Arthurton b Cummins 15
Inzamam-ul-Haq run out
Javed Miandad c Adams b Benjamin 20
Basit Ali run out
Salim Malik not out
Wasim Akram not out
Extras: (b1, lb9, w9, nb1)
Total: (five wickets - 49 overs) 261
of wickets: 1-42, 2-86, 3-143, 4-186, 5-251
not bat: Rashid Latif, Mushtaq Ahmed, Abdul Qadir,
Walsh 10-1-39-0, Benjamin 10-1-54-1,
Cummins 10-0-69-1, Simmons
Harper 8-0-36-0, Hooper
Pakistan won by five wickets
of the match: Saeed Anwar
David Shepherd/John Holder (England)
first set of statistics for each time concerns
its batting performance. The batsmen are
listed in their
batting order. The West Indies starts like this:
> D.L. Haynes
> P.V. Simmons
> K.L.T. Arthurton
means Lara and Haynes batted first. One of them
got out and was replaced by Simmons. One of those two
and was replaced by Arthurton, etc.
For each batsman, is listed his name, how he got out,
and how many runs he himself scored (like rbis).
B.C. Lara c Latif b Mushtaq
scored 14 runs and hit a fly ball which was caught by Latif.
The ball was bowled by Mushtaq.
P.V. Simmons b Rehman
scored 81 runs (helluva score) and was "bowled"
by Rehman. This means the ball knocked over the wicket.
A.C. Cummins stumped Latif b Qadir 10
scored 10 runs. On a ball bowled by
Qadir, he stepped into "unsafe territory" (the cricket
term is "he was
out of his ground") and while he was
there, Latif the wicketkeeper knocked over his wicket with
the ball. This is
called being "out stumped."
Inzamam-ul-Haq run out
Inzaman-ul-Haq or his partner hit the ball, and while they were
running back and forth, scoring runs, Inzaman-ul-
Haq had his wicket knocked over by the ball before he "made
his ground" (re-entered safe territory).
scored 20 runs.
Salim Malik not out
scored 34 runs and was not out. There's always
at least one "not out" in every
cricket innings. When an
innings ends early because the match is over or the
side declares or whatever, there are two not out.
Extras: (b3, lb20, nb2, w10)
Indies scored 35 runs that were classified as "extras." 3
were byes, 10 were leg-byes, 2 were no-balls, and 20 were
Total: (nine wickets - 50 overs) 260
Indies scored 260 runs total. They only
had nine wickets taken from them in
this time. Since this was a
limited- overs game, their innings ended after fifty overs
even though they had one wicket left.
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-57, 3-189, 4-201, 5-204,
6-222, 7-234, 8-251, 9-256
West Indies' innings, their first wicket was taken when they
had scored 26 runs. Their second wicket was taken when
they had 57 runs. Their third wicket was taken when
they had 189 runs. Etc.
Bowling: Akram 10-1-40-4, Rehman 10-1-59-1,
Mushtaq 10-1-46-3, Qadir 10-0-43-1,
Malik 7-0-35-0, Mujtaba 3-0-14-0
are the Pakistani bowlers' stats for the West Indian
innings. Each bowler has four statistics, which are:
overs bowled - # maidens - # runs allowed - #
"maiden" is an over in which the bowler does not allow any runs.
So the first entry
Akran bowled 10 overs, one of which was a maiden. He allowed
forty runs and took four West Indian
if you add up the first column for each bowler you get 50,
the total number of overs bowled. If you add up
last column you get 9, the total number of wickets taken.
If you add up the third column, you get 237! Whazzat? West
Indies scored 260
have to look in the extras category. While wides
and no-balls are charged to a bowler, byes and leg-byes are not.
So, the total number of runs allowed by the bowlers,
plus the number of byes and leg-byes, is equal to the total score
of the opposing side.
rest of the Pakistani score is the same as the
West Indian one. Their total
Total: (five wickets - 49 overs)
Result: Pakistan won by five wickets
that Pakistan stopped batting in their 49th over when they
surpassed West Indies' 260 runs. They won "by
wickets" because they had five wickets left when the
match was over. Of course, in this limited-overs match, they only
had part of one over left when the won the game, so it was a very close
by Jeff Tucker ([email protected])