Stopping Indian visually impaired Cricket team looks impossible as they raised to their fourth consecutive win as they beat South Africa by 8 wickets in this process part of the One Day Cricket World Cup for the visually impaired.
India now confirmed their semi-final berth with four wins in five games played. Currently, they are positioned at second in the points table after Pakistan, who have five wins in the five matches who were first to confirm semi-final spot.
India won the toss again and chosen to bowl. The South African openers made cautious start with Indian bowled miserly. Opener Sonwabile Bilda played an anchor role scoring 39 off 85 deliveries sharing a 127 run stand with Desigan Pillay for third wicket. Later towards the end, Ajaykumar struck twice but Pillay’s unbeaten knock of 95 helped South Africa to post 236 in 40 overs but it was incomplete with Indian bowlers gifting away 61 extras.
Chasing 237 to win, India got off to a fantastic start thanks to a quick fire half century from Venkateswara Rao who played a cameo innings of 60 in just 25 balls. Other opener Vishnu struck 73 in 46 deliveries before getting out. Ketanbhai and Naik Lachma made quick runs helping India to chase down the target in just 16.5 overs. Ketan scored 46 in 22 deliveries and Lachma made 30 in just 14 balls.
With India and Pakistan finalizing their spots in semis; Sri Lanka also confirmed their spot after beating Australia. South Africa, who haven’t won even a game yet is ruled out of competition and the match between Australia and England will be a virtual semi final with both need a win to qualify.
India: 240 for 2 in 16.5 overs (NPKV Udaykumaran 73, DV Rao 60; D Pillay 1/32) beat South Africa: 236 for 4 in 40 overs (D Pillay 95*, *Extras 61; I Ajaykumar 2/42) by 8 wickets