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    How to decide follow on score in test cricket ?

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    • I want to know how the follow on score is decided if one team batted in first innings and scored 300 runs then what is follow on score ?

    • What is criteria to apply this ?

    • What is mean by following on ?

    • If someone won in test cricket by giving follow on then will that team get extra points in ICC rankings ?
  • #144565
    Suppose India has batted very well against Sri Lanka and posted a good score of 400 runs in their first innings. Surely the opposite team would play with a big score to chase and keep their wickets in tact. But intelligent bowling and fielding from India , could make all Sri Lankans batsman out for mere 180 runs, that means 20 short of our total half way mark. Now India decides to call for a follow on and the Sri Lankans have to bat again. And this time if the entire team could score total 240 runs, then India has to score just 21 runs to win and thus register a formidable win on a follow on.
    K Mohan
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  • #144568

    I am trying to give the answer in a methodical manner:-
    (a) The concept of follow-on is applicable only in Test cricket or first-class cricket. It is not applicable in limited over cricket match.
    (b) If the team which bats in the second inning of the match scores less than 200 runs than the score of the team which batted first, then the first team can ask the second team to follow-on. This means that if the first team scores 400 runs and the second team scores less than 200 runs, then the first team can ask the second team to follow-on.
    (c) The follow-on is not compulsory. It is mandatory.
    (d) If the follow-on is imposed, then the second team has to bat again. If even after the second inning of the second team (after follow-on), the aggregate does not surpass the runs score by the first team in the first inning, then the second team loses the game in inning. (Example: The first team scores 400 runs. Then second team scores 180 runs in its first inning. After following-on, it scores 190 runs in its second inning. In that case, the second team loses by an inning and 30 runs.)
    (e) If the aggregate of runs of the second team surpasses the run scored by the first team in its first inning, then the first team bats again to try to score the remaining run to win the match.
    (f) The ICC point system is not fully clear. Only this much can be stated that the team which wins the match gets more point.
    (g) However, it must be noted that in case of a four-day match, the follow-on can be imposed if the difference is 150 runs (instead of 200 runs as mentioned earlier).

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  • #144570
    Thank you two both of you.Now i got some what knowledge that i was looking for.I would appreciate your efforts.

  • #144588
    In a 5 day cricket match if the first team is ahead of second team by 200 runs they have a option of declaring follow on. It means second team will again play and if could not make total runs equal to what the first team made in first innings then second team is defeated.
    If second team makes good score after getting follow on then first team will again play and match will be decided after there scoring.
    For 4 days test match the lead for follow on is 150 runs only.

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  • #144599
    In test match of cricket sometimes in first innings the first team scores a high score and if the second team makes low score and there is a difference of 200 runs or more then the first team is entitled to give follow on to the second team.

    In such a condition if second team again scores low it is defeated by innings and the winning team gets special applause and acknowledement.

    If the test match is for 4 days this difference is considered at 150 runs or above. For a test match of 3 days it is 100.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #144626
    if the team makes a score of above 300 and the difference between the scores of the 1st and 2nd is 200 or more, the first team can ask the other team to take batting of the second team. This is known as follow on. This is the at the discretion of 1st team captain. If the first team has scored less than 300, the second team should score 2/3 ot that score. Otherwise follow on can be imposed. For example If Team A batted first and score 270 runs. Then the second team should score at least 180 runs. Otherwise team A captain can ask Team B to follow on. Again this is also at the discretion of Team A Captain only.
    This follow on is only in test crickets. But not in other forms of cricket.

    always confident

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