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The Solidarity Cup 2020: All you need to know 3TCricket Rules, Teams, Score

A new and fun concept of cricket - the 3TCricket - makes its debut today in South African amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Kumar Saurav
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The Solidarity Cup 2020: All you need to know 3TCricket Rules, Teams, Score

A new and fun concept of cricket - the 3TCricket - makes its debut today in South African amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The match was originally scheduled for June 27 but was postponed because government approval of health precautions was not obtained in time. The new date marks the birthday of the late president Nelson Mandela. The 3TC Solidarity Cup 2020 was played on Nelson Mandela Day. 

All three teams were allowed to play two innings of 6-6 overs each. The team with the most runs was declared the winner. AB de Villiers' team won the gold medal. He scored 160 runs in 12 overs. The Eagles stopped Kingfishers for 113 runs. Kingfisher scored 113 for 5 in 12 overs. Earlier, Temba Bavuma's team has been eliminated from the Kites Gold Medal Race. AB de Villiers 'team had to cross the Eagles' 160 to stay in the race, but it could only manage 138 runs for 3 wickets in 12 overs. JJ Smuts scored 48 and Dwayne Pretorius scored 50 for him. De Villiers scored 61 off 24 balls. Apart from him, Aiden Markram scored 70 runs.

 It is the first televised live sporting event in South Africa since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The match, promoted as 3T Cricket, was played without spectators at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Cricket South Africa supports Black Lives Matter movement

Today is also Nelson Mandela International Day. In this way, the Cricket South Africa Board (CSA) shared a video, writing, "Sports have the power to change the world. It has an inspiring power. It has the power that keeps people united in a way. Very few people have this power. ”Mandela said this. CSA supported the Black Lives Matter movement against apartheid. Also wrote Black Lives Matter with the hashtag in the caption.

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What is 3TCricket

The game of 3TC cricket consists of 36 overs divided into two halves of 18 overs each. In the first half, each team faces 6 overs from one of their opponents. In the second half of the game each team resumes batting, facing another 6 overs, but this time from their other opponents. The result is an unrelenting and ever-changing contest that keeps captains (and fans) on a knife-edge as they strategize against two opponents at the same time! With fewer players in each team (and thus fewer fielders) every player is actively involved in the game from the first ball to the last. Then there's the rule whereby the last remaining not-out batter continues batting without a batting partner. The catch? He can only trade in boundaries and twos since retaining the strike is non-negotiable.

3TCricket Solidarity Cup 2020: Team Squad

  • Kites: Quinton De Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Jon-Jon Smuts, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje.
  • Kingfishers: Heinrich Klaasen, Reeza Hendricks (captain), Janneman Malan, Faf du Plessis, Thando Ntini, Gerald Coetzee, Glenton Stuurman, Tabraiz Shamsi.
  • Eagles: AB de Villiers (captain), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Junior Dala, Lungi Ngidi.

What are the rules of the 3TC Solidarity Cup?

  • A match is contested between 3 teams of 8 players each.
  • The match is played over 36 overs in two halves of 18 overs with a break at halftime.
  • Teams bat for one innings of 12 overs split between two 6-over periods, facing one opponent in the first half and the other opponent in the second half.
  • In the first half, teams rotate from BATTING to BOWLING to the DUGOUT with the starting positions determined by a draw.
  • In the second half, teams bat in order of the highest scores in the first half and if scores are tied, the first half order is reversed.
  • After the fall of the 7th wicket, the not-out batter continues to bat alone. The batter can only score in even numbers of runs and can only bat in the second half.
  • If the 7th wicket falls in the first half, the team forfeits the remaining balls in the first half and the not-out batter resumes the innings in the second half.
  • Each bowling team has the use of one new ball for their full 12 overs which is used for both opponents.
  • A maximum of three overs per bowler is allowed, which can be bowled in any permutation to either opponent. An incomplete over due to the fall of the 7th wicket is deemed to be completed with dot balls.

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Match organisers may apply fielding restrictions and can allow up to 3 additional fielders, either selected by each team or provided by the dugout opponent. Standard limited overs rules apply for wides, bouncers and a free hit after a no-ball, otherwise the laws of cricket apply. A match can only be shortened by weather to 18, 24 or 30 overs in terms of a formula laid down by 3TC. Most runs wins Gold, second Silver and third Bronze. If 2 teams tie with most runs, super overs decide Gold; if all 3 teams tie, all get Gold; and, in a tie for second, Silver is shared.

Written by Kumar Saurav, He is Journalism graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication New Delhi.

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