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All you wanted to now about T20 cricket

All about Twenty20 cricket
*Twenty20 cricket was introduced in the UK in 2003 as a professional inter-county competition. A crowd of 26,500 turned up for the first T20 match at Lord’s, the largest attendance for a county game other than a one-day final since 1953.

*India was the last of the 10 Test-playing nations to debut in T20, beating South Africa by 6 wickets in Johannesburg on December 1, 2006.

*The highest and lowest team scores in T20 internationals are 221 and 79, both by Australia against England.

*England and the West Indies scored 401 in 40 overs at the Oval on June 28, 2007, the highest T20 match aggregate so far.

*Graeme Smith with 259 runs in 5 matches is the highest run scorer in Twenty20 international cricket.

*Paul Collingwood, captain of the England team has taken 9 wickets which is the highest by any bowler in this unique game.

*Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s 98 not out is the highest score in an innings by any batsman in Twenty20 international cricket.

*The Wanderers stadium, Johannesburg in South Africa has hosted 4 Twenty20 international matches which is the highest for any ground in the world. The World Twenty20 championship final is also slated to be played at this ground.

*Marlon Samuels of West Indies has the highest strike rate of 202.17 in Twenty20 international cricket.

Players to watch out for at Twenty20

The new rules
*A no-ball costs 2 runs and the next delivery is a free hit.

*Each innings has a time limit of 75 minutes.  For every over bowled after that, the batting side is credited an extra 6 runs.

*If a batsman fails to reach the crease within 90 seconds after the fall of a wicket, the bowling side gets 5 penalty runs.

*Fielding restrictions are applicable for the first 6 Overs of the innings.

*There’s a bowl-out as a tie-breaker, with 5 bowlers from each side delivering 2 balls each at an unguarded wicket.

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