The Indian national blind cricket team defeated Pakistan in the final of the Blind Cricket World Cup today (20 January) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE. The clash was a thrilling one and India were the title defenders. India batsman Sunil Ramesh’s brilliant 93-run knock helped India to retain the Blind Cricket World Cup title after beating arch-rivals Pakistan by two wickets.
Pakistan had set a monumental score of 308 for India in 40 overs. And chasing the target, India won the historic clash in the 39th over, with one over remaining. The Indian team started off the chase with a bang as they were at 111 for 1 after 15 overs. However, Pakistan’s exceptional fielding resulted in India to lose two quick wickets in the form of run-outs, to find themselves at 116 for 3 after the 16th over.
India skipper Ajay Tiwari, who scored 62 runs to empower India’s stand, got into a partnership with Sunil Ramesh and extended India’s total to 190 for 3, after 25 overs. It was then, that the match took a thrilling turn as India were at 271 for 4 after then end of 35 overs, having lost Sunil Ramesh to Pakistan’s Amir Ishfaq.
India seemed nervous and on the verge of losing any guarantees that they would win the World Cup. After losing Ajay Tiwari towards the closing stages of the game, India had suffered two more hasty dismissals, but managed to keep their nerves calm and win the final.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the feat and congratulated the Indian national blind cricket team.
Pakistan’s main contributor was Badar Munir, whose helpful half-century had pushed Pakistan’s total to 307 in the final of the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup.
Other Pakistan batsmen who helped the green team to stay in the fight were; Riyasat Khan (48) and skipper Nisar Ali (47). As India had won the toss and sent Pakistan to bat, the green team had reached the 200-run mark in 27 overs, after losing five wickets.
India, who were the defending champions of the title, had defeated Pakistan by seven wickets earlier, in the duo’s group match on January 13.