‘India Vs Pakistan’, this term creates a tense atmosphere not only in normal cricket matches but also in the world of ‘Cricket for the blind’.
India now stands 2nd in the top charts in T20 World Cup for the Blind, right after its arch-rival, Pakistan. The team has so far won 5 of the 6 matches, and lost one to Pakistan. The net run rate is +4.316 and has 15.0 points. This, if maintained, India will meet Pakistan in the finals.
The defending champions, India registered their fifth consecutive win by defeating Sri Lanka by nine wickets. Co-incidentally, this win comes a day after defeating South Africa also by nine-wickets.
On Feb. 3 India won the match againts South Africa. SA scored 157/8 after electing to bat, with David Landry hitting an unbeaten 41 runs off 42 balls. The match held at MCA BKC Ground, Mumbai, witnessed India overhauling the target.
The Indian team scored 158/1 in just 13.5 overs. Ephraim Mathabo of SA dismissed the opener, Durga Rao at 19 runs. Muhammed Farhan and Jafar Iqbal scored half-centuries each, and paved way for the easy win in chasing a competitive target. The Friday’s match had Ganesh Babubhai Mundkar, who took 2/14 as the Man of the Match.
The Friday’s win continued on Saturday too. India defeated Sri Lanka in the match at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad. Sri Lanka, put into bat by India, scored 186/8 in the allotted 20 overs. Chandana Deshapriya scored 62, while Pathum Saman Kumara took 30 runs, and elevated Sri Lanka’s score. Dinesh Nihara Mathugama of Sri Lanka took a crucial Indian wicket of the team’s opener.
In a befitting reply, Prakash J, of India scored an unbeaten 99. This includes, 20 hits to the fence, driving the team to victory. The home team won the match within 13.3 overs. Along with Prakash, Ketan Patel also chipped in with a crucial 56 not out, helping the team have a cake walk.