World Cup Opening Ceremony 2019 Highlights: Vivid World Cup Party Concludes After England's 60-Second Challenge Win

Updated:29 May 2019 22:44 IST

Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony: The World Cup 2019 kick-started tonight with a opening ceremony at The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace in central London.

World Cup Opening Ceremony 2019 Highlights: Vivid World Cup Party Concludes After England
Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony: Teams of two participated in 60-seconds challenge. © Twitter

The opening party was hosted by former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. He was accompanied by India's Shibani Dandekar. The event started with the introduction of captains of all 10 participating teams, followed by 60-second challenge. Former India coach Anil Kumble and Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar represented India in the challenge but they only scored 19 runs, the lowest among all teams. Hosts England scored 74 runs, four more than Australia's 69, and won the challenge. The opening party also included two melodious performances. After the challenge, former Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who lifted the trophy in 2015, brought the glittering trophy on the stage. The event ended with the ICC World Cup 2019 theme song. The matches will kick-start tomorrow when England take on South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval, London. England will be the favourites to win the match but in a tournament like World Cup, anything can happen.

World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony Highlights, straight from The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace in central London

  • 22:29 (IST)May 29, 2019

    That's all for tonight!

    Thank you for joining us. We will see you tomorrow. England face South Africa in the tournament opener. 
  • 22:27 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Melody continues...

    Musical performance lifts crowd's mood after the 60-second challenge. They are all dancing and enjoying to the fullest. The opening party ends with ICC World Cup 2019 song. 
  • 22:23 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Trophy presented before the crowd

    Michael Clarke who lifted the trophy as Australia's captain four years back now brings the trophy on the stage. Calrke calls his World Cup victory "very special". He thinks five or six teams have great chance at this year's tournament, including hosts England.
  • 22:20 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Malala Yousafzai praises women cricketers

    Malala who took part for Pakistan in 60-second challenge talks about women cricketers and how they inspire millions. She adds that cricket is the binding factor and brings people together.
  • 22:16 (IST)May 29, 2019

    The hosts win the 60-second challenge

    Hosts England are led by Kevin Pietersen and they score 74 runs five more than Australia's 69. England have a great chance to "bring it home" this time feels Pietersen. He wishes Eoin Morgan's side best of luck for the tournament.
  • 22:09 (IST)May 29, 2019

    India finish at 19

    Anil Kumble is missing balls while Farhan Akhtar is hitting well. Their innings end at 19 -- the lowest total so far.
  • 22:07 (IST)May 29, 2019

    South Africa manage 48

    Jacques Kallis is hitting well but lack of support from his teammate ends their innings at 48.
  • 22:06 (IST)May 29, 2019

    New Zealand innings ends

    New Zealand have scored 32. Not enough to beat Australia's total.
  • 22:05 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Australia on top

    Brett Lee and his teammate hit 69 runs. They go top of the list with that.
  • 21:59 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Indian pair talk to host

    Indian pair of former India coach Anil Kumble and Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar speaks to host Shibani Dandekar ahead of their turn. Will they be able to beat Afghanistan's total?
  • 21:57 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Pakistan innings ends

    Pakistan score 38 runs
  • 21:56 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Bangladesh score 22

    Bangladesh fail to impress the crowd. Next in are Pakistan.
  • 21:54 (IST)May 29, 2019

    West Indies score 47 points

    47 runs takes them to the second spot.
  • 21:52 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Sri Lanka score 43

    Mahela Jayawardene is part of Sari Lanka team. They finish at 43.
  • 21:51 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Afghanistan score 52 in 60 second

    The batsman has to change strike after every ball.
  • 21:49 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Rules are being explained

    David Boon will officiate the game. First to walk in is Afghanistan team.
  • 21:48 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Teams for 60-challenge

    The 60-challenge teams are being introduced. West Indies are represented by Viv Richards and Yohan Blake. Brett Lee take part for Australia. Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar form the Indian team. Kevin Petersen will play for England. Malala YousafZai is part of Pakistani team.
  • 21:43 (IST)May 29, 2019

    60-second challenge.

    Andrew Flintoff is surrounded by the crowd. Vivian Richards and Yohan Blake are gearing up for a 60-second challenge. Viv Richards says, "No one rule out the Windies team from the big event".
  • 21:39 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Party is on!

    The opening party has started with a singing performance.
  • 21:37 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Virat Kohli thanks Indian fans

    Virat Kohli acknowledges the support of Indian fans and says that they have strong fan base in England which is good to see and also feel proud to play here. 
  • 21:35 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Eoin Morgan

    "We can't wait to start," says English skipper Eoin Morgan.
  • 21:35 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Captains welcomed on stage

    Team captain are being called on the stage one by one. First one to come is Afghanistan skipper. He is followed by Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and at last Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the last to arrive at the stage is English skipper Eoin Morgan.

  • 21:32 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Opening party begins!

    Andrew Flintoff is one of the hosts of the opening party. He announces the party open amidst loud cheers from the crowd.
  • 21:07 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Fans have started gathering

    The fans have started gathering near the venue which will host the gala event. Remember we yet don't know what the event has in store for us but ICC has promised a big surprise and a experience to cherish life long How excited are you!
  • 20:45 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Countdown begins...

  • 20:38 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Some lucky fans will also attend the event

    The tickets for this gala event were allocated through ballot system and each lucky applicant was entitled for upto two tickets.
  • 20:27 (IST)May 29, 2019

    Mix of music, dance and sport

    As per ICC release the opening party will be a mix of music, dance and some of the biggest names in sport with a winner takes all sporting competition.
  • 20:13 (IST)May 29, 2019

    World Cup 2019 kick-starts tonight

    Welcome to the live updates of World Cup 2019 opening ceremony live from London, England. 10 teams will face each other at least once in a round-robin format to win the coveted trophy. The first match of the tournament will be played tomorrow but the the mega event kick-offs tonight with a spectacular opening party.
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