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, the term bowled has several meanings. First, is the act of propelling the
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towards the
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defended by a
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. Second, it is a method of dismissing a
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, by hitting the wicket with a
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delivered by the bowler. (The term "
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to indicate which bowler is credited with dismissing a batsman, when the batsman is dismissed by being bowled,
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caught Image:In the air.jpg, 250px, An Australian fielder runs to take a catch Caught is a method of Dismissal (cricket), dismissing a batsman in cricket. A batsman is out caught if the batsman hits the cricket ball, ball, from a legitimate Delivery (cri ...

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Delivery of a ball


Dismissal of a batsman

This method of dismissal is covered by Law 32 of the ''
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''. A batter is Bowled if his or her
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wicket
is put down by a
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delivered by the bowler. It is irrelevant whether the ball has touched the bat, glove, or any part of the batsman before going on to put down the wicket, though it may not touch another player or an umpire before doing so. Such rules mean that bowled is the most obvious of dismissals: almost never requiring an
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to the umpire; a bowled batsman will usually acknowledge the dismissal voluntarily. If the delivered ball deflects off the bat, and bowls the batter, then the informal term is known as ''played on'', ''knocked on'' or ''dragged on''. If the wicket is put down without the batter making any contact with the ball, then it is known as ''clean bowled'', with variations of this being ''bowled through the gate'', where the ball travels between the bat and pad, or ''bowled around the legs'', where the ball goes behind (to the legside of) the batsman and hits the stumps. A batter cannot be Bowled from a
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, wide or
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. A batter is out bowled even if he/she could be given out by another method of dismissal instead. For example, if a batsman edges the ball onto the stumps (such that the bails are removed) and the ball is then caught by a fielder, the batter would be given out bowled instead of caught. Bowled is the second most common method of dismissal after
caught Image:In the air.jpg, 250px, An Australian fielder runs to take a catch Caught is a method of Dismissal (cricket), dismissing a batsman in cricket. A batsman is out caught if the batsman hits the cricket ball, ball, from a legitimate Delivery (cri ...

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, accounting for 21.4% of all Test match dismissals between 1877 and 2012. The bowler is credited with the wicket if the batter is Bowled.
Muttiah Muralitharan Deshabandu Muttiah Muralitharan ( ta, முத்தையா முரளிதரன், si, මුත්තයියා මුරලිදරන් also spelt Muralidaran; born 1972) is a Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan cricket coach, former ...

Muttiah Muralitharan
holds the record for dismissing most batsman Bowled in Test matches, with 167.


Scoring

For example, a scorecard may say that a batsman was 'c Smith b Jones', which reads as 'caught Smith, bowled Jones', and means he was out caught by Smith, when the bowler was Jones. Or it might say 'lbw b Jones', which reads as 'lbw bowled Jones', and means he was out LBW when the bowler was Jones.


References

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