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Never seen a game of T20 cricket? Where have you been! OK, so here’s a simple explanation of what you’ll be watching either at the ground or on TV this summer.

Every match of the KFC BBL is about much the same thing, if you’re batting, you have to smash and crash as many runs as you can, as fast as you can and if you’re bowling, you have to try to stop the opposition doing exactly that!

The team with the highest score at the conclusion of the match wins. See? Simple. It’s high-energy, non-stop entertainment, all played in a three-hour window.

The season runs from December 19 through to February 4, and with 43 games played in 49 days, it’s the ultimate family outing over summer.

A young child holds up a four card as her team the Adelaide Strikers score a boundary

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.

Perth Scorchers player Harris runs between the wickets to score runs for his team
A Sydney Thunder player goes to grab a catch in hopes of claiming a wicket for his team

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’.

Pat Cummins and Mike Hussey discuss tactics and field setup for the next over

The team’s captain distributes the players around the field. Two positions are set – the bowler and the wicketkeeper. The other nine fielders can be placed wherever the captain determines. During the first six overs only two fielders are allowed in the outfield with the rest remaining in the infield. At the end of the first six overs another three players can head out into the outfield if the captain wishes. After the batter hits the ball, the fielders will run, dive, catch and block the ball to stop it from hitting the boundary; they’ll also try to catch the ball if the batter hits it into the air.

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