How a Test Cricket is played?

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

- Test Cricket is the Traditional and longest form of Cricket.

- Test matches are played over a span of 5 days comprising four innings, 2 innings per team.

- Minimum 90 overs should be bowled in a day.

- Test matches are played in Whites.

Test match mechanism:

- Suppose TEAM A scores 300 runs in the first innings then the TEAM B has a Trail of 300 runs.

- If TEAM B scores 350 runs in their innings, they have a lead of 50 runs.

- So TEAM A trails Team B by 50 runs.

- Now if TEAM A scores 200 in the second innings, 200 - 50 = 150. 151 is the target for TEAM B.

Follow-on rule:

- If the team batting 2nd scores 200+ runs less than the opponent team, then follow-on can be enforced by the team who has the lead.

- Example, TEAM A scores 300 runs in the first innings and TEAM B scores 99 runs. TEAM B scored 201 runs less than the first team.

- In this case the TEAM A has the option to decide if they wish to bat or force TEAM B to bat their second innings first.

Innings Victory:

- If TEAM B lost all the wickets in the second innings by scoring 100 runs ,then TEAM A is the winner.

- Since the total score of TEAM B ( 99 +100 = 199 ) is less than the runs scored by TEAM A in first innings (300 runs) , its an innings victory for TEAM A.

- It is generally termed as TEAM A win by an innings and 101 runs.

* If the match is stopped after playing 10 overs on a particular day for any reason like rain, those remaining 80 overs won't be carried over to the next day.

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