New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the first match of the ICC World Cup. I know this will be late news for almost every NZer, but just in case there are some who slept all through yesterday, or were otherwise not able to communicate with anyone or have access to the radio, television, newspapers, Internet or smoke signals, remember you read it here first.
For those who are unfortunate to live where the gentlemen’s sport of cricket is unknown, New Zealand and Australia are co-hosting the 2015 ICC World cup between 14 February and 29 March. The competition sees 14 countries compete for the cup, playing the ODI (One Day International) version of the game. The countries taking part are (by ranking) England, South Africa, India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, and United Arab Emirates.
If you are unsure how the game of cricket is played, here’s a simple explanation:
- You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
- Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.
- When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.
- Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
- When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.
- There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.
- Depending on the weather and the light, the umpires can also send everybody in, no matter if they’re in or out.
- When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game
The rules, of course, are much more complicated but the above explanation should go a long way to making sense of the game.