Pakistan defeated in Blind T20 WC by India

Source:  Samaa Published in Sports on Sunday, February 12, 2017

BANGALORE: Chasing 198-run target, India defeated Pakistan by nine wickets in final of Blind Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Openers Prakasha Jayaramaiah and skipper Ajay Kumar Reddy handed India an easy 10-wicket win in the T20 Blind World Cup 2017 final against Pakistan. Prakasha remained unbeaten on 99 off 60, which included as many as 15 fours.

With this win, India have retained their title, which they had won back in 2012, incidentally in Bengaluru. For India, the first wicket partnership was worth 112 in 10.2 overs.

Reddy was run out for 43 off 31. However, No. 3 batsman Ketan Patel and Prakasha ensured that India eventually got over the line. Pakistan found it difficult to keep the scoring rate in check right from the outset, with the bowlers disappearing to all parts of the ground.

The wicket of Reddy was the only respite for the Pakistan side. Pakistan, who had scored in excess of 300 in most games in the tournament, failed to put up even 200 on the board and as a result found it difficult to defend this total.

Pakistan too had gotten off to a good start with the bat, but the Indian bowlers pulled things back in control and in the end, restricted Pakistan to just 197 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs.

Badar Muneer was the top-scorer with 57 runs. While, captain Muhammed Jamil played 24-run innings.

Earlier, Pakistan remained unbeaten with convincing performance.