Big Bash Basics
The primary objective of the game of cricket is to score runs and take wickets, T20 matches are played by two teams of 11 players and take three hours from start to finish. Each team gets the chance to bat and bowl. A coin toss at the start of the match determines which team bats first. Once this team completes their innings (20 overs) the teams swap roles. Every member of the team can bat and bowl though most players specialise in one or the other.
Batters play in pairs with one located at each end of the pitch/wicket, standing behind a white painted line (the crease) that essentially marks out their safety zone. The aim of the batters is to hit the ball into a space away from the fielders and run from one end of the pitch to score as many ‘runs’ as possible.
The aim of the bowler (and the fielding team in general) is to take wickets. This means ending the innings of one of the batters. There are 10 ways a batter can ‘get out’ (or ‘lose his wicket’) in cricket but a few of them are very uncommon, so here we’ll focus on the five regular ‘modes of dismissal’.