Effect of Boundaries on Cricket Match

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 1. How many boundaries?

 The number of boundaries a batsman hits in an innings is referred to as his score. A boundary is scored when the ball travels between any two fielders positioned outside the batting crease i.e. midwicket and long on.

 2. Who scores more?

 In cricket, the batsmen score runs while the bowlers take wickets. So, theoretically, the team scoring most runs should win the match. However, this is never the case in reality because the bowling side gets a chance to bat too. Thus, the winning team is usually the one with the highest total.

 3. Which bowler takes the most wickets?

 Cricket is played by two teams of eleven players each. Each team consists of 11 players; four batsmen and seven bowlers. The bowling team comprises three fast bowlers, two spinners, and two lower order batters.

 4. When does the first ball of the game be bowled?

 The cricketer starts the bowling after the umpire gives the signal 'play'. This means he is allowed to begin delivering the first ball of the match.

5. Cricket

 Cricket is a bat and ball game played between two teams of eleven players each. Each team consists of five batsmen, three bowlers and a wicket-keeper. A match starts with the toss of a coin; if the winning side chooses to bat first they score runs by hitting the cricket ball against the opposing team’s wicket-keeper. Once they reach their target, the opposing team’ s innings begins. The batting team then tries to score runs by hitting the ball with a cricket bat called a “cricket bat”. They try to hit the ball past the fielding team’s members — known as fielders — who attempt to catch the ball and prevent further runs from being scored. After both sides complete their innings, play continues until only one team remains. The final team scores points based on the number of runs they scored in their innings. The team with the most points wins.

 6. Boundary

 The boundary line is the area near the edge of the pitch where the bowler may deliver the ball. The boundary is marked by a small white strip of tape across the grass. While bowling at any point along the boundary line, the bowler is allowed to choose which end of the boundary he wishes to deliver from. As soon as the bowler releases the ball, the umpire will call “bowled!” and signal the dismissal of the batsman. If the ball hits the stumps, runs between the wickets, or touches the ground outside the boundaries, the striker must return the ball to the bowler. However, if the ball passes over the boundary rope without touching the ground, the striker may take another run before the bowler retakes control of the ball.

 7. Ground-staff

 Ground-staff are the employees that work behind the scenes at the stadium. They maintain the grounds around the stadiums including the pitches, outfield areas, drainage ditches, and fences. Groundstaff members wear green uniforms while some are equipped with special equipment such as cranes, shovels, and brooms.

 8. Pitch

 A cricket pitch measures approximately, with dimensions of  long. It is rectangular with straight edges and corners. The length of the pitch is measured from the midpoint of the goalposts to the middle of the opposite side. The width is measured from the left boundary to the right boundary. The pitch is divided into four equal parts by two sets of lines. One set of lines is located halfway between the pitch and the fence. It extends parallel to the pitch between these lines. This portion is used to measure boundary throws. The second set of lines are located about  away from the pitch. It extends from the fence towards the pitch. This portion is used as the running track.

9. Playground vs. Field

 When we think of boundaries, we usually imagine something that separates two fields from each other. However, cricket has an interesting take on this idea. As a rule, the field is divided into four equal sections. However, the boundary line may extend beyond the end lines of the pitch. This means that, while the game is being played in the middle section of the field, players may still be able to run across the boundary line and score runs.

 10. Batting Area & Bowling Area

 The batting area in cricket is defined by a white circle on the field. From this area, batsmen have the freedom to hit balls towards any direction they wish. When bowling, however, the bowlers are restricted to delivering only towards the target line.

 11. Field Size

 Field size varies from country to country. Australia plays with a smaller field than India, while England uses a larger one. While the smaller field allows for better fielding, the larger one lets the ball travel further.

 12. Pitch Dimensions

 Pitches vary greatly in size. Smaller pitches are generally used for practice, whereas larger ones are used for international matches. In addition, some countries play without the traditional square wicket. Instead, they use rectangular wickets with squares cut out.

13. Cricket Field Dimensions

 Cricket field dimensions influence cricket match outcomes. For example, the length of the boundaries affects the number of runs scored and wickets taken in a game. When the boundaries are long, more runs are scored but fewer wickets are taken compared to those played in shorter boundaries. Thus, the longer the boundary limits, the lower the scorecard and higher the wicket count.

 14. Playing Area Size

 The size of the playing area impacts cricket scores based on the number of runs scored per wicket. When the playing area is larger, more runs are scored per wicket but less wickets are taken. Thus, the bigger the playing area, the better the batting performance and worse the bowling ability.

 15. Number of Batsmen

 Most cricket matches involve between 6 and 11 batsmen, with 7 being the average team composition (i.e., 1 bowler and 6 batters). A full complement of 11 players allows each batter to face at least 12 balls before facing a new bowler. This gives each player enough time to hit the ball and score a run. Therefore, the larger the number of players, the greater the chance of scoring runs.

 16. Ball Speed

 The speed of the cricket ball determines the number of runs scored by the batting side. Typically, fast bowling increases the chances of making runs whereas slow bowling decreases those chances. The faster the ball travels, the greater the potential for runs.

  • A cricket match begins at 10 am and ends at 5 pm. At this time, the game is already half over. The players on both sides are tired. They have played almost 12 hours. So they decide to declare the game at 5 pm.
  • However, the umpire says that he won’t allow the match to end before 6pm, since there is still 1 hour left to play. He tells the players that he needs only 20 minutes to complete his official count.
  • When the umpire declares the game at 6pm, the team that lost the previous innings wins the match.
  • The question being asked here is : How does the umpire’s decision affect the result of the match?


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