What is the Benefit of Powerplay in T20 Cricket?


Powerplay is basically a term for an over set that has very specific fielding rules in a limited overs cricket match. In a power game, the rules say that only 2 fielders may be present outside the 30-yard circle during the first 6 overs of a T20 game. Check Blow What is the Powerplay benefit at T20 Cricket?

The power play rules are applicable to T20 and ODI matches where the ODI match rule of 2 fielders in a 30-yard circle holds for 10 overs. Test Match does not have any powerplay rules. The rules of the power game keep changing.

Here are the details on the rules for Powerplay in T20 cricket matches.

Powerplay Benefit in T20 Cricket, Leg Side Rules, 1 to 6, 6 to 20 Overs

Powerplay Benefit at T20 Cricket


A maximum of 2 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.


A maximum of 5 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.


A maximum of 5 fielders is allowed on the side of the leg throughout the game.

About Gardeners allowed outside the 30-yard circle
1 to 6 two
6 to 20 5
Leg side ruler 5 fielders allowed on side of leg throughout game

Powerplay Terms at Cricket

There are some common terms like P1, P2, P3 that are used frequently in cricket. These are the terms assigned to the three powerplays. Here are the details on the power play in cricket tournaments.

  • Powerplay 1 (P1): The mandatory powerplay that is for the first 10 overs of the ODI. This power play allows only two fielders to be outside the 30-yard circle.
  • Powerplay 2 (P2): This powerplay is applicable from 11 to 40 overs in an ODI match. These areas allow no more than 4 fielders.
  • Powerplay 3 (P3): It is used during death overs which is 41 to 50. Usually used by the bowling team to regain balance. A maximum of 5 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle during this power play.

Important Powerplay stats from the previous tournament

The average score of the teams that receive the powerplay and that have the matches for the tournament is 47, that is, 7.9 RPO to date. The team hitting first averages 46 runs, while the team hitting second averages 45 runs during the first six overs.

Hitting first or second does not affect teams' play if there is no visible difference in team scores.

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