India romps home victorious beating the traditional rivals Pakistan in the just concluded 4th ODI World Cup Cricket for the Blind!
Indian Blind Cricket team took on Pakistan for the finals in Wally Wilson Grounds in Cape Town today. Winning the toss and deciding to field first displayed strong bowling and fielding skills restricting the run rate to below 10. Pakistan played extremely well and set a challenging target of 390 runs in 40 overs. India needed a run rate of 9.75 per over to win the match. In one of the most closely contested nerve racking matches India put up a wonderful demonstration of batsman ship ensuring the emphatic win. Losing early wickets of Shekar Naik and Veeresh could have proved expensive but for the following players holding the ground strongly and hitting some most needed boundaries. At a point the asking run rate went up as high as 14 per over. Last few overs especially the six balls were the most exciting…from needing 7 runs out of 6 balls to 392/5 in 39.4 overs was one of the most exciting games ever seen in the history of blind cricket. Indian boys have made us extremely proud once again repeating the 2012 history and engraving its glory in the history of blind cricket. This was the most emphatic win India could have registered! Extremely proud moment for India, Cricket Association for the Blind in India and Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled! Prakash was the hero of the day hitting the winning shot! He scored 82 runs from just 38 balls with 11 boundaries and a huge six towards long off. He literally pulled India to be a victor from a critical situation where the asking run rate had gone high enough to put the team at risk. His boundary on the 4th ball of 40th over ensured the victorious podium for team India. Pakistan set a target of 390 runs for India at a loss of 7 wickets. Muhammid Jamil (B2) was the highest scorer with 102 runs off 84 balls. Muhamaad Akram’s (B3) 75 off 43 balls helped Pakistan reach a mammoth score. Amol Dattaray (B1) was the best bowler on the Indian side. He took 2 wickets and gave away 70 runs. Ketanbhai Patel (B1) and Shekar Naik Lachma (B2) took one wicket each. India conceded a total of 31 extras. Pakistan’s strong batting line with 3 players scoring 50 and above and one player scoring a ton almost put the Indian team in a difficult spot. Throughout the tournament Pakistan had reigned with its victorious spree almost making them invincible and sure of victory! India – second in the charts romped home victorious facing the fiery bowling line of Pakistan! Success and celebrations are not restricted by disability! India as a whole should be proud and applaud the Indian Blind Cricket team for the glorious victory!