One Day International (ODI) Cricket Match Rules

Are you in love with the bat and ball game named Cricket? Do you become a couch potato once you see a cricket match going on? Or do you love to play the game here? Then you must also be eager to get some more information regarding the game. In this article, we bring to you the various rules to be known for playing One Day International (ODI) Cricket.

The One Day International (ODI) is one of the very popular forms of cricket in which a cricket match is played in a fixed number of overs, usually 50, although in the past matches of 40, 45 and 42 overs have been played. The first One Day International (ODI) match was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The main features of the previous day matches are very similar to that of today.

The rules for One Day International (ODI) matches are similar so far as the basic laws of cricket apply. Some other rules implied during the matches are mentioned here.

Rules for One Day International (ODI) Matches

•An ODi is contested by two teams consisting of 11 players each.

•The Captain of the side which wins the toss is capable to choose whether to bat or ball first.

•The team which bats first sets a target score for the opponent in a single innings. The innings get over when all the 10 out of 11 players are declared out or when the batting team uses up all of the allotted overs.

•The team which bats next tries to score above the targeted score. Similarly, the bowling team tries to restrict its opponent from scoring by trying to bowl out all the batsmen of the team.

•Each bowler of the team is allotted a maximum of 10 overs.

•If the scores of the individual teams are the same after the match, then it is declared to be a case of tie.

•The bowling team is subject to fielding restrictions with the imposition of the powerplay during the match. In this case, nine fielders, including two fielders in the catching positions must be inside the fielding circle for about 15 over s of the innings. In the first Powerplay, no more than two fielders are to be positioned outside the 30 yard circle and three fielders in the second and third powerplay blocks. In the first 10 overs, it is also required that at least two fielders are in the catching positions.

•The teams nominate a substitute player for their team before the toss. The replacement player can be introduced at any point of the game. The player, also called the Supersub can bat, bowl, field or keep wicket while the replaced player can take no further part in the game.


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