Since most of you aren't cricket followers naturally, I'm going to keep it simple here, if you want more detailed information, check out the live ball by ball text coverage at ESPN Cricinfo.
In a one-day international cricket match:
- Each team has one innings.
- Each team's innings is either a maximum of 50 overs (6 balls per over = 300 balls or "pitches"), or when all their batsman (10) are out. An innings usually lasts 3 hours 30 minutes, with a 45 minute break between innings
- A good score is in the 250-300 range, depending on the conditions.
The match is very important for both teams, as the game is one of the final lead in games before the Cricket World Cup, starting in the subcontinent on February 19.