India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
BLIND CRICKET WORLD CUP
NC Monitoring Desk
AJMAN: Pakistan lost to traditional rival India in a crucial match of the Blind Cricket World Cup at the Ajman Oval, UAE here yesterday.
Earlier, India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first at the neutral venue.
Pakistan, put into bat, scored 282 for the loss of 8 wickets in 40 Overs. Muhammad Jalil scored 90 runs in 91 balls before he was retired hurt.
In response, India reached their target with five overs to spare. For India, Venkateshwara Rao scored a half century. Deepak Malik was adjudged Man of the Match. This was Deepak’s second Man of the Match award in as many matches in the tournament
With this win, India top their group, followed by Pakistan.
The Green Shirts lead the points table after registering back-to-back victories against Bangladesh and Nepal.
India, on the other hand, defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in their second match courtesy Deepak Malik’s unbeaten 179 off 103 balls. The team’s opening game against Australia was called off due to heavy rain.
It is pertinent to mention here that India refusal to travel to Pakistan for the World Cup forced the organisers to shift all their matches to UAE.
The tournament includes teams from cricket-playing nations such as Australia, England and India.
However, only teams from Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to play in Pakistan for now, while matches with other countries are scheduled to be held in UAE.
The final of the tournament will be held on January 19 in Sharjah.
Visa issues deprive Pak of 5 players in match against India
–Five of Pakistan’s blind cricket team players, including talismanic all-rounder Badar Munir, failed to take part in the ongoing Pakistan-India match of the Blind Cricket World Cup as their travel agent was unable to get them a UAE visa on time.
The two rivals are playing their match in Ajman, UAE with five Pakistani players – Munir, Riassat Khan, Sajid Nawaz, Mohsin Khan and Rashid Khan missing, drastically weakening the Men in Green.
Reserve players from the squad have been drafted in to replace the quintet but the absence of Munir in particular is going to be felt.