You win by runs if your team bats first. And wickets if your team bats second. If your team scores 200 batting first and
the opposition scores only 190, you’ve won by 10 runs. But if the opposition bats first and scores 200, it doesn’t matter how many more runs you get than them, you’ve just got to get past their target. So you win by how many wickets you have left. Not to be confused with a tie which has only happened twice, ever in test match cricket, so we’ll breeze past that one. A draw happens only in the long form of the game, where the team batting first has to take all 10 of the opposition’s second innings wickets to win the match. A fivefer is when a bowler takes five wickets in one innings. There are 10 possible wickets to take so it’s only fair to let the bowler
hold up his ball and wave it around a bit. Cricket pitches are pretty much a living thing. They can be nice and hard like concrete, easy for batting, they can be green and skiddy, good for bowling on, or full of cracks. Likewise the weather makes a big difference to batting and bowling. Bowlers love overcast conditions, whereas the batters want the sun to be out. So choosing right can give your team a huge advantage. A cricket ball is an ingenious device. You
can alter its movement through the air by making one side shinier than the other. This creates swing, and is a batsman’s worst nightmare.