KARACHI: India edged Pakistan by two wickets in the final of the World cup for Blind at Sharjah on Saturday.
Indian skipper Ajay Kumar Reid won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat. Pakistan posted 307-8 in 40 overs. The openers failed to provide a good start as Amir Ashfaq got out after scoring just 10 runs.
Badar Munir, along with opener Mohsin Khan, developed a good partnership but Mohsin was caught off Deepak’s bowling after scoring 31 runs. Badar scored 57.
Captain Nisar Ali (47) and Riyasat Khan (48) gave good support to Pakistan in the middle order. Shanullah scored 28, while Haroon added 25 to the total in death overs.
Deepak and Ranbir took two wickets each. Sunil claimed one.
India were off to a good start with Venkatesh and Prakash provided them a 50 runs opening stand. Venkatesh made 35, while Prakash got run out after scoring 44.
Indian Skipper Ajay (62) and Sunil Ramesh (93) kept India in the game after they had lost three wickets in quick succession.
Deepak smashed the winning boundary.
This was India’s second consecutive World Cup triumph. They had beaten the same opponent in the final of the World Cup 2014 at Cape Town.
The Pakistan blind cricket team coach Abdul Razzak told ‘The International News’ that India had always been a tough opponent but “our boys did well.
“It was not our day. Congratulations to team India. They really deserved this,” he stated.
He further said that Pakistan were some runs short of giving a defendable total to their bowlers.