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Why are 5 runs awarded if the ball hits the helmet in Cricket?

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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps.
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posted Jul 17, 2017 by Reshmi S

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The ball has been obstructed so a penalty is given. 5 runs is between the 4 and 6 that can be awarded for reaching the boundary so 5 fits nicely as an "arbitrary" amount. Five penalty runs are awarded to the batting team (or to the batsman in some cases) if: The ball strikes a fielder's helmet when it is on the field but not being worn.

answer Jul 19, 2017 by Sumeet Vyas
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