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ICC WC 2019: England clinch the 60-second contest, India finish last

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We are just one sleep away from witnessing the inaugural match of the ICC World Cup 2019 but things have already started to heat up in England. A 60-second cricket tournament was played during the opening ceremony, which took place at The Mall, in front of the Buckingham Palace in central London.

Hosts England kickstarted the event as Kevin Pietersen joined hands with Chris Hughes. The duo ended up scoring 74 runs. On the other hand, India, one of the top contenders for the cup, managed to score mere 19 runs as Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar struggled to find the boundaries.

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Afghanistan were impressive as they hit 52 runs. For South Africa, Jacques Kallis and former Everton player Steven Pienaar led the way but they ended up scoring just 48 while the Windies- led by Viv Richards and Yohan Blake, finished one short on 47. The Aussies gave the hosts a run for their money as they came very close, scoring 69 runs. Brett Lee swung his bat pretty well and the poms had a scare. For Pakistan, Malala YousafZai was the star attraction as they hit 38 runs and Mahela Jayawardene helped Sri Lanka get to 43.

Here we state the rules of the game:

The batting side will be awarded a run if the ball hits any part of the bat. A boundary will earn them four runs and a hit over the fence will result in six runs. If the batter fails to connect the ball then one run will be deducted and in case of a dismissal- four runs will be deducted from the total. Also, LBW is not a part of the contest, hence the batters won’t have to sweat over getting trapped in front. The boundary was about 15 feet and therefore the crowd will have to run for a cover.

Let’s check the scorecard below:

England– 74

Australia– 69

Afghanistan– 52

South Africa– 48

Windies– 47

Sri Lanka– 43

Pakistan– 38

New Zealand– 32

Bangladesh– 22

India– 19

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