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What does that mean?

What does that mean?

So, if you’ve come to this page you probably want to know the rules of T20 cricket. Everyone speaks in all the cricket-y jargon, and this is the place to find out.


This refers to the overs bowled in the match while also being the name of this specific format. Each team bowls 20 overs in the match


What’s an over? There are six balls bowled by each bowler in an over. After this the bowler changes, and they bowl from the other end. Each bowler is only allowed to bowl four overs in a match, and you’ll likely see the faster bowlers bowl at the beginning and end of an innings, with spin bowlers mainly featuring in the middle overs of the game


An innings is the 20 overs one team bowls. After the innings is complete, there’s a short break in play for the teams to swap over, and then the other team bowls


There are a few ways to score runs. As the name suggests, you can ‘run’ between the wickets. The more times the batters switch ends running, the more runs scored.

You can also score four runs by hitting the ball to the rope that marks out the field, or six runs by hitting it over the rope


The stumps are the three sticks at each end of the pitch and the bails are what sits on top of the stumps. When the bails are ‘broken’, knocked off the stumps, a wicket has been taken


A wicket is when a bowler gets the batter OUT. A wicket can be taken when the bails are removed from the stumps, as we mentioned above, when a player in the field catches the ball on the full from the batter, or when the player is hit on the pads in front of the stumps, call an LBW


The team that wins is the one that scores more runs than the other. It’s really that simple.

What else?

So the above is the basic premise of T20 cricket. This is usually enough to follow the game. However if you want to really get into the nitty gritty, we’ll fill you in on a few more terms.

So sometimes you may hear about a ‘No Ball, Free Hit’. This is when the bowler bowls a no ball, usually by his front foot landing over the white line on the pitch. When this happens the umpire will signal for a ‘free hit’ by waving his arm over his head like a lasoo. The bowler will need to bowl the ball again and the batter can’t get out.

There is also something called a Super Over. This is when the two teams have scored the same amount of runs at the end of the match (the twenty overs per team). If this is the case, each team has to bowl one over each, and the team with the most runs at the end wins.