Indian blind cricket team defeated Pakistan by two wickets in the final of the Blind Cricket World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE on Saturday to lift the cup second time in a row. Last time, in South Africa, the Indian team had defeated Pakistan to win their maiden World Cup.
In the semi-final, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 156 runs to enter the final while India handed a seven-wicket loss to Bangladesh to book their seat in the final. This was the second meeting between India and Pakistan in the edition as in the group match India emerged victorious by seven wickets against their arch-rivals.
In the final of the fifth edition of the tournament, Pakistan batted first and scored 307 for 8 in their allotted 40 overs. Pakistan was five wickets down when they crossed the 200-run mark in 27 overs. It was Badar Munir’s half-century which worked as a strong backing for the team. Riyasat Khan and captain Nisar Ali also created hurdles for India as they played good knocks of 48 and 47 runs respectively which helped the side to give a big target to their opponents.
During the chase, India’s total was 190/3 after 25 overs at one moment. It was Sunil who hold one strike and kept alive the dream of the title win as he scored much-needed 93-run knock in the crucial situation. He was well supported by skipper Ajay Tiwari who added 62 runs in the total. India’s score was 271/4 after 35 overs and they needed 37 runs in the next 30 deliveries. But the defending champions controlled their nerves and made it two titles in a row in the end.