The object is to win two of three games of 21 points. If the score is tied at 20-all, the first side to have a two-point lead wins the game. If it is still equal at 29-all, the first team or player to score the 30th point is the victor.
Every match starts with the serve. Once the shuttlecock is in play, it is called a rally. Whoever wins the rally gets a point.
To score, one must not be able to let their opponent successfully return the shuttlecock; their hit should cross over the net and the bird should not land out of bounds.
A typical badminton match requires racquets for two or four players, as well as a shuttlecock and a net. The court dimensions differ in singles and doubles.