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Extra runs, Innings and Overs in ODIs, Tests and T-20s

by on February 14, 2010
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How batsmen get extra runs in cricket?

The two main aspects of cricket are batting and bowling. At a time, one team can either bowl or can bat. A bowling team delivers the balls to batsman to play and batting team scores the runs by playing strokes with the bat. But, apart from scoring runs from bat, there are certain ways with which runs are scored and the runs scored apart from bat are called as ‘extra runs’ that generally comes from the mistake of a bowler or a fielding team. Here in this article, the ways of extra runs are listed:

Wide Ball: The ball which is bowled outside the reach of the batsman is known to be wide and one run is added into the account of batting team for a wide ball.
No Ball: If the bowler bowls a delivery from the outside of approach area (crease) or bowls the delivery over the head of batsman, it is called as no-ball. In this case, one run is added into the account of batting team.
Byes: If the wicket-keeper fails to collect the ball which comes to him, the batsmen can score a run. The runs scored by this way are known as byes.
Leg-byes: If the ball hits the pads of the batsman and if they run, it is called as leg-bye and it is added into the batting team’s account as extra run. This is the only way of extra run that does not come due to the mistake of fielding team.

Difference between innings and overs

Cricket is a very interesting game played between two teams and each team has eleven players to play. There are three different aspects of cricket- bowling, batting, and fielding. At a time, one team does the bowling and fielding whereas another team does the batting and scores the runs. Once the batting of one team is over, another team starts batting and chases the run score of opposite team and has to do one more run than the opposition to win the match. The phase of one team’s batting and another team’s bowling is known as an inning.

According to the format of cricket, overs are defined for an inning. For a test cricket, there is no limitation of overs for any team and they can bat till all their players are out. In One-Day International, there can be maximum of fifty (50) over per inning and in Twenty-20, there can be maximum of twenty (20) overs per inning for a batting team to play. Each bowling over contains a delivery of six official balls to batsman. For delivering a ball wide of a batting player is known as ‘wide’ and an overstepping from the bowling crease while bowling is known as ‘no-ball’.

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