In Test and first-class cricket, to win you need to do two things: outscore your opponent and bowl them out twice. If you only manage to outscore them, but fail to cause their last innings to come to an end, the game will end in a draw, no matter how large your lead.

Are there any other sports where you need to achieve two different objectives like that within a set period of time (Or some other limitation on the duration of the game) to win, barring which it becomes a draw?

  • FYI: You don't need to bowl them out. Technically you can win the match even without taking a single wicket out of 20! – hims056 Feb 25 '16 at 11:48

Chess: a player may be vastly outmatched, but if the opponent cannot checkmate in 50 moves (i.e. doesn't bowl them out soon enough) or creates any stalemate position, the match ends in a draw despite an extreme lead.


I think there are a few games with various point distribution for such cases, say for abandoned matches (With no scope for postponing the game). If a match cannot proceed due to hazardous weather conditions, the game ends as draws, even if a team is winning. Then again, it all depends on the conduct committee of the respective game. Most referees will award a victory to the winning team, based on probability of victory and statistics. At the end of the day, It all depends on the predefined rules of the sport/ game.

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    Could you give some examples of the sports you are referring to in your opening sentence? At the moment, this answer doesn't really say anything more than "maybe". – Philip Kendall Nov 23 '15 at 7:06
  • I will study into the request and get back to you soon. However, at the point of abandonment ( say, due to weather conditions), FIFA has separate rules, ICC has separate rules and so does all other sports (which may be abandoned). Moreover, each tournament in the same sport can have different rules for point distribution too. There are similar rules for Knockout rounds too. – Varun Nair Nov 23 '15 at 11:46

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