KARACHI: Pakistan blind cricket team pulled a thrilling 19-run triumph against traditional rival India in T20 Asia Cup for Blind on Wednesday at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi (India).
Pakistan maintained the winning streak in the tournament after beating host and favorite India. In their first, the team defeated Nepal.
According to information made available here, India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan team players wore black armbands to mourn and show solidarity with Bacha Khan University (Charsadda) victims.
Pakistan start was not good, as the visitors lost their first wicket with only eight runs on board when Muhammad Akram was stumped in the second over of the inning. Amir Ishfaq also did not last longer on crease and got run out after scoring only 1 run. Struggling with 18-2 on board in fourth over, Nisar Ali and Badar Munir then anchored the team’s inning and scored 109 runs for the third wicket partnership.
Badar Munir dominated Indian bowling and got out after scoring 58 runs off only 32 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Nisar Ali also batted well scoring 56 runs off 48 balls. Pakistan posted 192 runs for the loss of nine wickets in stipulated 20 overs.
In reply, Parkash and Ajay Reddy gave a formidable start to India scoring 97 runs in thfe opening stand. Reddy was run out after scoring 19 runs. Prakash played well and scored 75 runs off 56 balls hitting 10 boundaries and a six.
Pakistani bowlers kept the things tight and fielders also responded well and curtailed India to 172-6 in allotted quota of 20 overs. Anees Javed picked two wickets while Israr Hassan claimed one. Badar Munir received Man of the Match award.
In another match of the tournament, Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 137 runs.
Pakistan will face Sri Lanka while Bangladesh will take on Nepal on Thursday.