First ever four-day test match to be played between South Africa and Zimbabwe
South Africa and Zimbabwe will play the first ever four-day Test match and the International Cricket Council has laid down the template for the match. The board has decided that every day, a minimum of 98 overs will be bowled that means a total of 392 overs in four days. In a five-day game, a total of 450 overs are bowled. Also, a five-day game has six-hours from start to finish but the four- day game will be stretched to six-and-a-half hours.
Another big change is the playing rules is that follow-on was reduced from 200 runs to 150 runs. This gives a better chance to teams who play aggressive cricket to force a result. South Africa and Zimbabwe are playing a day-night four- day Test, The match will begin at 3:30 pm IST on Boxing Day (December 26) in Port Elizabeth. The South Africa-Zimbabwe game will be the first four-day Test but ICC may go for more such matches in next couple of years as many have argued that five-day games are losing their popularity.
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