1. Number of innings
(a) A match shall be one or two innings of each side
according to agreement reached before the match.
(b) It may be agreed to limit any innings to a number
of overs or by a period of time. If such an agreement
is made then
(i) in a one innings match it shall apply to both innings.
(ii) in a two innings match it shall apply to either
the first innings of each side or the second innings
of each side or both innings of each side.
2. Alternate innings
In a two innings match each side shall take their innings
alternately except in the cases provided for in Law
13 (The follow-on) or Law 14.2 (Forfeiture of an innings).
3. Completed innings
A side's innings is to be considered as completed if
(a) the side is all out
or (b) at the fall of a wicket, further balls remain
to be bowled, but no further batsman is available to
come in or (c) the captain declares the innings closed
or (d) the captain forfeits the innings
or (e) in the case of an agreement under 1(b) above,
either (i) the prescribed number of overs has been bowled
or (ii) the prescribed time has expired.
4. The toss
The captains shall toss for the choice of innings on
the field of play not earlier than 30 minutes, nor later
than 15 minutes, before the scheduled or any rescheduled
time for the match to start. Note, however, the provisions
of Law 1.3 (Captain).
5. Decision to be notified
The captain of the side winning the toss shall notify
the opposing captain of his decision to bat or to field,
not later than 10 minutes before the scheduled or any
rescheduled time for the match to start. Once notified
the decision may not be altered.