# Seven runs

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Think before answering. It is not as simple as it appears to be. Don’t rush to turn the
pages to find out the answer at the end. Take time and think: In a fifty over one-day international match, 49.4 balls are bowled. Last two balls… Seven runs to win… it is ninth wicket partnership… Last two batsmen are at 94 runs each. The team won and both batsmen made centuries. How could it be possible? Don’t think of a no-ball, free hit wide, hitting the helmet etc because… on no-ball if the batsman hits a six it adds 7 (seven) runs to the team score and it wins. Then how the runner also gets 100 runs? This puzzle is more complicated than what you think. Try.

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Answer: If you think of ‘No balls”, you never get the answer, as a six from a no ball makes seven runs and the team wins. The other bats man does not get an opportunity to complete his century. Here is the correct answer: First batsman hits for three runs, but runs one short (When a batsman does not keep his bat properly in the crease while running, it is called a short run. In short run, one run is less counted, but the batsmen won’t change their positions.). Meanwhile there was an overthrow for a four, and in Toto six were credited to the batsman, who is on the other side now. The team is one run short of victory. Next batsman hits a six, to reach his century. There is one more answer. Think.