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Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that is first documented as being played in southern England in the 16th century. By the end of the 18th century, cricket had developed to the point where it had become the national sport of England. The expansion of the British Empire led to cricket being played overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. Today, the game's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has 104 member countries. With its greatest popularity in the Test  playing countries, cricket is the world's second most popular sport after Association football.

The rules of the game are known as the Laws of Cricket. These are maintained by the ICC and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which holds the copyright. A cricket match is played on a cricket field at the centre of which is a pitch. The match is contested between two teams of eleven players each. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible without being dismissed ("out") while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the other team’s batsmen and limit the runs being scored. When the batting team has used all its available overs or has no remaining batsmen, the roles become reversed and it is now the fielding team’s turn to bat and try to outscore the opposition.

There are several variations in the length of a game of cricket. In professional cricket this ranges from a limit of 20 overs per side (Twenty20) to a game played over 5 days (Test cricket). Depending on the form of the match being played, there are different rules that govern how a game is won, lost, drawn or tied.

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Articles About Cricket

Sunil Narine KKR
Watch IPL 7 Match 6 Live: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils Live Streaming Information

By IBTimes IN

KKR vs Delhi Daredevils Live Streaming Information -- Watch IPL 7 Match 6. Kolkata Knight Riders played an immaculate game in their opening encounter of IPL 7, and come Saturday night, they will look for another perfect match when they take on the DD. (11:28 pm)


Anushka Sharma and VIrat Kohli
Karan Johar Takes Digs at Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli's Romance

By IBTimes IN

Filmmaker Karan Johar was in a mood for some fun at the expense of Anushka Sharma at a recent event. (5:31 pm)


Glenn Maxwell Kings XI Punjab MS Dhoni CSK
IPL 7 Results: Monster Maxwell Assault Too Much for CSK as Kings XI Clinch Thrilling High-Scorer

By IBTimes IN

Glenn Maxwell was just too hot to handle for CSK as Kings XI pulled off a remarkable victory in a game which saw both sides put on scores above 200. (Apr 18)


Manish Pandey
IPL 7: Manish Pandey Credits Jacques Kallis for Rediscovering his Lost Form

By IBTimes IN

Manish Pandey has credited all-rounder Jacques Kallis for his out-of-the-blue half-century against Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the Indian Premier League. (Apr 17)

Virat - Yuvraj
IPL-Twitter Partnership Set to Enhance On Air, On Ground and Online Experience for Fans

By IBTimes IN

Hashtag IPL, hashtag you, hashtag the hashtag this IPL season! #PepsiIPL is probably one of the most trending topics this season. The BCCI has opened a new partnership with Twitter to add more hashtags, so as to make the IPL an engaging experience for tech savvy fans. (Apr 17)


Virat Kohli, RCB IPL
IPL 7 Live Score: Top 10 Free Cricket Update Android Mobile Apps

By IBTimes IN

All IPL matches are scheduled to start in late afternoon (16:00 pm) and evening (20:00 pm), while many would be working late or commuting back to home, but fret not as there are tools to bring live action right into your palms via smartphones. (Apr 16)


N Srinivasan
IPL Corruption Charges: Supreme Court Rejects Srinivasan’s Appeal

By IBTimes IN

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected N Srinivasan's appeal to be reinstated as the BCCI chief and stressed that he, along with 12 players, have been named in the Mudgal report. (Apr 16)


IPL 2014 Opening Ceremony
IPL 2014 Opening Ceremony: Shah Rukh Khan Lights Up the Stage in UAE [Photos, Videos]

By IBTimes IN

The IPL 2014 opening ceremony extravaganza unveiled. Find photos and videos of the gala affair. (Apr 16)


Mithcell Johnson Considering to Quit One Cricket Format

By IBTimes AU

Australia's pace-man Mitchell Johnson would like to concentrate on his Test career by quitting from at least one format of international cricket (Apr 16)


MS Dhoni IPL
IPL 7: Dhoni Ready to Roar as Skipper Looks for Another Title with CSK

By IBTimes IN

Dhoni speaks on captaincy and UAE as he prepares to lead the two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 7. (Apr 15)