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The Hundred 2021 FAQs: How to Play and Where can I watch it live?

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The Hundred is expected to see a lot of new people coming into the sport. For them, here is our FAQ guide. For the enlightened as well, revision is never a bad idea.

What comprises a game in The Hundred?

Well, the name answers your question. It's 100 balls per inning i.e a total of 200 balls per game - that is if the teams don't get bowled out before that.

How long will an over be?

There is no concept of an over as such in The Hundred. It is all about deliveries. The fielding side change ends after every 10 balls. Bowlers can bowl either five or 10 consecutive balls, comprising an over, if you want to call it that. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls per game.

How long will the game last?

If a friend of your's has told you that this silly game can take up five precious days from your life, worry no more. The Hundred will function with the shortest format being played currently, after the T10, and will wrap up within two and a half hours, with each inning lasting for about 65 minutes.

Is there any penalty for falling short of the stipulate time?

Yes, an innovative regulation has been put in place for slow over rates in The Hundred, T20 Blast and Royal London Cup. Instead of a penalty of six runs per over not completed before the cut-off, the fielding side will be allowed one fewer player outside the 30-yard circle for however many deliveries remain after the time limit is up.

Are there any fielding restrictions?

As opposed to a powerplay of 36 balls or 6 overs in a T20 game, a 100-ball game will have a 25-ball powerplay in each inning. Two fielders are allowed outside of the 30-yard circle during the fielding restrictions.

Will teams get an opportunity to strategise other than in the innings break?

Each bowling side gets a strategic timeout of up to two and a half minutes. This is not limited to the playing XI or the squad members, but the coach can also join the team on the field.

Is there a minimum number of deliveries that constitute a match in case of rain etc?

Yes, like 30 balls are necessary for a T20 game to have an outcome, a minimum of 25 balls will have to be bowled by each side for a result to be possible.

Does The Hundred also have a women's edition?

The men's competition will have a total of 34 100-ball games, 32 of them in the group stage with each team playing eight games in the league stage. The Women's Hundred 2020 will mirror the men's edition and run parallely to it. As opposed to 34 games in the men's version, The Women's Hundred has a total of 30 games, with each team playing seven games each in the group stage.

What is the prize money?

The England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that the men's and women's winners in the inaugural season of The Hundred will receive equal prize money. The total prize fund of USD 7,69,000 will be divided 50/50 between both men's and women's teams.

How many teams does The Hundred have?

Both the men's and the women's edition will feature eight teams - Oval Invincibles, Welsh Fire, Birmingham Phoenix, London Spirit, Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Southern Brave and Trent Rockets.

Will overseas players also partake in the competition?

Some of the biggest names across the world are set to ply their trade in the league. Apart from most of the England players that will certainly make their presence felt, the big overseas names include  Colin Munro, Chris Lynn, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Nabi, Sunil Narine and Devon Conway.

Among the women, the big-ticket overseas signings include Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Nicola Carey, Marizanne Kapp, S Deandra Dottin, Chloe Tyron, Dane van Niekerk and Stafanie Taylor.

Where can I watch it?

You can watch The Hundred live on TV through Sky Sports or online via the SkyGo app. All the matches will be shown live on Sky Sports, while 10 men’s games and eight women’s games will also be simultaneously broadcast on the BBC.

Is it worth my time?

For us bitten by the cricket virus, it is a sport unmatched. Even if the 100-ball format is far from the traditional five-day game, it is truly the most rewarding sport to invest your time and energy in. Hop on.

Quick Guide - The Hundred Rules – OK?


100 balls per innings

Each bowler can deliver a maximum of 20 balls per game

Change of ends after 10 balls

Bowlers to deliver either 5 or 10 consecutive balls

25-ball powerplay at the start of each innings

2 fielders are allowed outside the initial 30-yard circle during the powerplay



What is a Par Team Score?

Men’s 150 - anything over that is a probable win

Women’s 130 - anything under that you lose

Bowlers – will be looking at under 2 runs per ball

Batters – will be looking at 150 – 200 +SR

Every ball is an event, so keep an eye on the Odds InPlay



Apart from the first matches, for men's and women's, all fixtures will be double headers

July 21, Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (women's), Kia Oval

July 22, Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (men's), Kia Oval

July 23, Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston

July 24, Trent Rockets v Southern Brave, Trent Bridge

July 24, Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire, Emerald Headingley

July 25, London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord's

July 25, Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix, Emirates Old Trafford

July 26, Trent Rockets v Northern Superchargers, Trent Bridge

July 27, Welsh Fire v Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens

July 28, Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford

July 29, London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord's

July 30, Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl

July 31, Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens

July 31, Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley

August 1, Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Edgbaston

August 1, London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord's

August 2, Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval

August 3, London Spirit v Northern Superchargers, Lord's

August 4, Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles, Edgbaston

August 5, Manchester Originals v Southern Brave, Emirates Old Trafford

August 6, Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets, Sophia Gardens

August 7, Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers, Ageas Bowl

August 8, Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets, Kia Oval

August 9, Birmingham Phoenix v Welsh Fire, Edgbaston

August 10, Manchester Originals v London Spirit, Emirates Old Trafford

August 11, Southern Brave v Welsh Fire, Ageas Bowl

August 12, Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Emerald Headingley

August 13, Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge

August 14, Oval Invincibles v London Spirit, Kia Oval

August 15, Trent Rockets v Manchester Originals, Trent Bridge

August 16, Southern Brave v Oval Invincibles, Ageas Bowl

August 17, Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley

August 18, Welsh Fire v London Spirit, Sophia Gardens

August 21, The Hundred 2021 Finals (both men's and women's), Lord's

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