Blind Cricket World Cup: India reach semis, Pakistan create record
India thrashed Nepal to reach the semi-finals of the Blind Cricket World Cup, while Pakistan created a new record in their 393-run win over AustraliaUpdated: Jan 14, 2018 23:37 IST
A dominant India continued their winning streak and defeated Nepal by eight wickets to storm into the semifinal of the fifth Blind Cricket World Cup at the Eden Garden Cricket Ground in Ajman, United Arab Emirates today.
Electing to bat, Nepal could muster only 156 in 37.5 overs for the loss of nine wickets as India dished out a fine bowling and fielding effort.
For India, Prakash Jayaramiah took two wickets conceding 22 runs while Skipper Ajay Reddy, Rambir, Prem Kumar and Jafar Iqbal picked up a wicket each.
India then chased down the target with consummate ease by losing just two wickets.
Man-of-the-match Ajay Gariya (B2) scored 54 of 29 balls and struck six fours. Mehender remained unbeaten on 40 off 30 deliveries while Rambir played an unconquered knock of 38 in 23 balls.
India will now play Bangladesh in the semi-finals on January 17 at the Ajman Ovals.
Pakistan create record
While the Pakistan senior team suffered a humiliating loss to New Zealand and the U-19 team went down to Afghanistan, the South Asian nation’s blind cricket team has given them some reason to smile.
After their loss to arch-rivals India on Friday, the Pakistanis came back to thrash Australia by 393 runs on Sunday.
Aamir Ashfaq smashed 208 as Pakistan went on to score a record total of 563/4 in 40 overs.Among other scorers Sana made 143 and Haroon hit 105. In reply, the Aussies were dismissed for 170 runs. The World Cup hosts, playing in UAE against certain teams due to security concerns, had won the toss and elected to bat.
Sri Lanka too made a massive 494/5 in 40 overs against Nepal, eventually winning the tie by 350 runs. Dimithu scored 168 not out.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: Jan 14, 2018 23:18 IST