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The Magic of Cricket

South African spin bowler Tabrez Shamsi stunned those on the field and the spectators in the stand after celebrating a wicket by performing a magic trick. Shamsi dismissed Wihan Lubbe during a T20 match in South Africa before taking out a red handkerchief from his pocket and turning it into a stick. The trick happened during the match between Paarl Rocks and Durban Heat in South Africa’s premier T20 tournament

What is Cricket?

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) grass or artificial pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player (so they are "out"). Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles

The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers with a series of calls and signals. The scorers record the match's statistical information in a special book and operate a scoreboard which informs the spectators about the progress of the match. There are various formats ranging from Twenty20, played over a few hours with each team batting for a single innings of 20 overs, to Test matches, played over five days with unlimited overs and the teams each batting for two innings of unlimited length. Traditionally cricketers play in all-white kit, but in limited overs cricket they wear club or team colours. In addition to the basic kit, some players wear protective gear to prevent injury caused by the ball, which is a hard, solid spheroid made of compressed leather with a slightly raised sewn seam enclosing a cork core which is layered with tightly wound string

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