Cricket World Cup 2019, Opening Ceremony Highlights




LORYN ends the ceremony with official World Cup song
And the opening ceremony comes to an end with official World Cup 2019 Song Stand By' being performed by singer Loryn.
So the short and sweet World Cup opening ceremony is over with some glitz and glam. There wasn't much crowd, just around 40,000 people to keep it a simple affair. Some music and some cricket in that one hour ceremony hosted by Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Shibani Dandekar.
We saw some cricket greats taking up the 60 second challenge. Sir Viv Richards, Brett Lee, former India captain Anil Kumble, Mahela Jayawardene, Azhar Ali among others were wack to cricket after hanging up their boots years ago. Hosts England won that game of cricket as they are also eying the big trophy. 5-time World Champions Australia stood third with 69 runs.. sadly, India were at the bottom with just 19 runs.
Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai also addressed the crowd and talked about how cricket could be a weapon to bring countries together. The ceremony came to end with the official World Cup song ''Stand By'' being performed.
The countdown has begun and the real action will begin tomorrow with England taking on South Africa in the opener.
That's all from the ceremony today! Stay tuned to India Today Sports for the World Cup updates!






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England are favouites: Clarke
"England are the favourites," reckons Michael Clarke. "Australia need to continue the way they are playing for the last few months to retain the Cup," says the 2015 World Cup-winning skipper.

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Michael Clarke walks up the stage with the trophy
Michael Clarke, the then captain of defending champions Australia, is at the Mall in London. He is taking the World Cup trophy to the stage. Accompanying him is former England off-spinner Graeme Swann.

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Malala Yousafzai speaks!
Iconic Malala Yousafzai asks women to engage more in cricket and cite Sana Mir's example to the young generation.
"These role models are inspiring women to believe in themselves that they are capable of anything. Women should engage more in sports and we all have to contribute in that."



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Hosts England win the 60 sec challenge
Engaland have scored 74 runs to beat five-time World Champions Australia in the gully game. Kevin Pietersen and Chris Hughes pip Australia’s Brett Lee and Pat Cash. India are lowest on the scoreboard with mere 19 runs.
Here are the team scores:
ENG - 74
AUS - 69
AFG - 52
SA - 48
WI - 47
SL - 43
PAK - 38
NZ - 32
BAN - 22
IND - 19






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World Cup 2019 opening party begins at The Mall—in front of Buckingham Palace in central !





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Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar together score just 19 runs for crowd favourites India. Time for hosts. Let's see if they can win?

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It is South Africa's turn. Jacques Kallis makes it look so easy as he scores 48 runs

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Brett Lee has put Australia in lead with 69 runs. New Zealand managed only 32 runs in 60 seconds.

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Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar taking the challenge
Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar will be batting for India.






Shibani Dandekar said All the best to you babe and then realised there was Kumble too and said boys ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚





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Captains posed with the Queen
Ahead of the opening ceremony, the captains from the World Cup-playing nations posed with the Queen.



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Malala Yousafzai joins CWC 19 opening ceremony
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has joined the star-studded opening ceremony in London. One former cricketer and one icon from each World Cup nation have been invited. Farhan Akhtar, Bollywood star, has joined the glittering ceremony. The 60-second challenge is right now underway.

Farhan Akhtar with Malala Yousafzai at the CWC 19 opening ceremony (AP Photo)

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Viv Richards to pick up the bat for West Indies and score 47 points. Afghanistan still in the lead.

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Damayanthi Dharsha and Mahela Jayawardena score 43.

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Time for gully cricket
David Boon to be umpiring the gully cricket game. He has explained the rules. Local UK boys will bowl to Afghanistan players in the 60 second challenge game.
Aghanistan score 52 runs. Sri Lanka to bat next. Let's go!!

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Damayanthi Dharsha and Mahela Jayawardena walk out for Sri Lanka

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Noble peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai represents Pakistan while Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar come up for India

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Time to welcome former cricket players

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When Virat Kohli took the stage!
India captain Virat Kohli said he is excited to see the massive support on England's grounds. Of course, the fans will paint the stadium blue.


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We have a huge fan base in England: Virat Kohi
India captain Virat Kohli gets the loudest cheer as he joins the other captains on the stage. Andrew Flintoff is quick to ask him about the crowd support India receives in the United Kingdom.
"It's lovely to be here. We have such a huge fan base in England. The amount of people travelling from home as well. It's great to see at every stadium we play at, at least 50 per cent of the crowd is Indian fans. For us that's a thing of pressure but a thing of pride as well. Hopefully, we have got to use to the crowd support to our advantage."

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Time for some music now after the captains' welcome

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Pakistan fans cheering up the team
Pakistan fans can't keep calm as they are waiting to see former players Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and others at the ceremony.

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Unbelievably proud: Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan, England captain, says they are incredibly proud to host the World Cup. "Hopefully, we will be great hosts and hopefully we will do everybody proud," says Morgan. "Tomorrow, obviously is going to be a very exciting day for me, Faf (du Plessis) and both the teams," says Morgan while talking about Thursday's World Cup 2019 opener.


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Team captains join the stage
The 10 team captains are marching in on the stage with their flags. Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib came first while England Eoin Morgan was the last one to join the stage.

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The World Cup opening ceremony is underway
Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness, and Shibani Dandekar are hosting the World Cup 2019 opening ceremony. The Mall is flooded with cricket fans from across the globe. There are few, in fact, many India flags as well.

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England vs South Africa to kick off the World Cup
Hosts England will take on South Africa in the World Cup opener tomorrow at 3 pm IST. England are hosting the World Cup after 20 years and are the favourites to win the title for the first time.
Today, the British royal family met the 10 team captains ahead of the start of the showpiece event.






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This afternoon, The Queen and The Duke of Sussex met @cricketworldcup team captains at Buckingham Palace ahead of the start of the tournament tomorrow.





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Who all are expected at the opening extravaganza?
Members of the British royal family are expected to make an appearance at the World Cup opening party.
Drum and Bass Band Rudimental are also expected to add some flavour to the ceremony. One may also spot a Vladimir putin doppelganger at The Mall road.



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What's all about the opening party? 
"The Opening Party is designed for cricket fans and non-cricket fans alike. Its entertainment show format should appeal for fans around the world and we recommend that the TV broadcast will be suitable for children aged five years and over," the ICC has said in a release. Where to watch the Opening Ceremony live.

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Andrew Flintoff, comedian Paddy McGuinness to host opening ceremony
Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff and comedian Paddy McGuinness will be hosting the ceremony and events like live sport, music and entertainment for 4,000 fans will certainly make it a lavish affair. Former international cricketers of almost all 10 countries are also expected to be present at the ceremony to inaugurate the tournament.



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We're an hour away from the opening ceremony
The fans have started thronging the Mall. The setting is brilliant. A sea of people in front of the famous Buckingham Palace cheering for the biggest cricketing event in the world. We're an hour away from the start of the opening ceremony, or as ICC wants to call it, THE OPENING PARTY!



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It's time for Cricket World Cup 2019 opening ceremony
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opening ceremony from London. We are less than an hour away from the start of the opening ceremony.
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