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Basic rules of Twenty 20 cricket.

The basic rules and laws of Twenty 20 cricket are fundamentally the same as a one inning one day international cricket match. As the name 'Twenty 20' implies, the rules of Twenty 20 cricket matches state that each team in a Twenty 20 cricket match will have a maximum of 20 overs, unlike 50 overs as in an one day international cricket match.

Other rules and laws of Twenty 20 cricket are designed to make Twenty 20 cricket more exciting and add to the 'fun' factor of a typical Twenty 20 cricket match.

Rules of Twenty 20 cricket- Rules to make Twenty 20 cricket more fun

Here are some rules of Twenty 20 cricket to add to the carnival cricket atmosphere

Special Twenty 20 cricket rule 1: The Free Hit

An interesting rule of Twenty 20 cricket is the Free Hit. This Twenty 20 cricket rule states that following a no-ball as a result of overstepping, the next ball shall be a Free Hit. For this ball,the batsman is not given given out by any way in the cricket rules apart from being run-out.

Special Twenty 20 cricket rule 2: Power to the umpires

A controversial rule of Twenty 20 cricket states that umpires may award five runs to one of the teams playing the Twenty 20 cricket match, in case the umpires feel that the other team is needlessly wasting time. This Twenty 20 cricket rule is obviously controversial because of the recent ruckus over the Inzamam-Hair incident. One just hopes that this rule of Twenty 20 cricket does not lead to more cricketing controversies

Special Twenty 20 cricket rule 3: Twenty overs within 75 minutes

This Twenty 20 cricket rule imposes strict penalties on bowling teams not completing their alloted 20 overs within 75 minutes. As per this rule of Twenty 20 cricket, a bonus of 6 runs is awarded to the batting team in case the bowling team does not begin their 20th over before 75 minutes. This rule of Twenty 20 cricket is intended to be strictly imposed since completing the Twenty 20 cricket match within 3 hours is one of the primary benefits and selling points of Twenty 20 cricket.

Special Twenty 20 cricket rule 4: Bowling restrictions of Twenty 20 cricket

This rule of Twenty 20 cricket once again emphasizes that the laws and rules of the cricket game are becoming more batsman-friendly at the expense of the hapless bowlers.

This bowler specific Twenty 20 rule states that bowlers can bowl a maximum of 4 overs- limiting the individual impact of bowlers on the outcome of a Twenty 20 cricket match.

Special Twenty 20 cricket rule 5: Fielding restrictions of Twenty 20 cricket

Twenty 20 cricket rules state that only 5 fielders can field on the leg side at any point of time. This rule of Twenty 20 cricket is largely inconsequential these days as the bowlers typically tend to set a more balanced field on either side of the wicket.

This particular Twenty 20 rule impacts perhaps only off spinners who sometimes prefer to have 6 fielders on the leg side as the direction of the spin implies that batsmen will prefer to play on the leg side.

The other fielding restriction rule of Twenty 20 cricket states that a maximum of two fielders can be outside the ring in the first 6 overs and a maximum of five fielders can be outside the ring for the remaining 14 overs. This rule of Twenty 20 cricket is quite simple and similar to the fielding restriction rule of one day international cricket.

Special Twenty 20 cricket rule 6: Bowl-outs

This special Twenty 20 cricket rule applies to Twenty 20 matches that end in a tie. This Twenty 20 cricket rule introduces the novelty of a bowl-out to decide on the outcome of the Twenty 20 cricket match.

According to this Twenty 20 cricket rule, five bowlers from either team are allowed to bowl two balls at the wicket with no batsman at the crease. The Twenty 20 rule states that the maximum times the wicket is castled by either team decides the outcome of the Twenty 20 match. This Twenty 20 cricket rule, borrowed from other sports such as soccer, adds to the excitement of the spectators.

However, a novel Twenty 20 rule similar to the 'Golden goal' or the 'extra time' concept of soccer or basketball would probably make the end-game of a Twenty 20 cricket match more interesting.

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