Indian visually impaired Cricket team turned out as the Champions Cricket World Cup for the Blind after beating Defending Champions, Pakistan in the finals by 5 wickets in a thrilling encounter took place at Western Province Cricket Club, South Africa where Indians chased down Pakistan’s 389 with just two balls to spare. This meant Pakistan’s hopes to make hattrick count of winning the One Day Cricket World Cup for the visually impaired were trashed down. Indians are also the World Champions in T20 format.
Indians, after winning the toss, decided to bat field first. However, Pakistan started off well with openers putting on a good partnership for opening wicket. Given the reputation Pakistan has in the Cricket for blind, 73 in 10 overs was a confidence booster for India. Soon they broken the partnership with opener Haroon run out for 47 and followed it by Deepak sending back Ishfaq for just 6. But the other opener Jamil along with No.4 batsman Nisar Ali.
Jamil and Ali put on a stand of 106 for the third wicket. Jamil in this process brought up his century and Nisar Ali got past his 50. However, Indian bowler Karche struck twice to send the both set batsmen back to pavilion. But the middle order batsmen, Akram and Javed fought well and put on some runs at good pace on the board. They shared a stand of 111 in quick time for the fifth wicket before Javed’s innings came to an end for 50 off 36. Even after that, Akram continued his brilliant innings as he remained unbeaten on 75 which came in just 43 balls helping Pakistan post a huge total of 389 for 7 in limited 40 overs.
Chasing massive 390 against Defending champions Pakistan for win the title, India lost the crucial wicket of Shekar Naik Lachma in the first over itself. In no time, Indians were reeling at 49 for 2 as Hanchinamane dismissed for 10. But a crucial stand formed between other opener Deepak and Venkateswara Rao as Indians looked back in the game. However both departed in quick span after sharing a stand of 78 and Indians seemed to be out of the game with 172 for 4 on the board at half way stage needing about 210 runs in just 20 overs.
But the Indian turnaround came up which was led by Ketanbhai and Ajay Reddy as they piled up runs with at a quick pace. But Ajay Reddy returned to pavilion as retire hurt with score 259 in 29th over turned out to be a crucial scene of the game as the next batsman Jayaramaiah turned the tables with an aggressive innings starting with five consecutive fours in 30th over.
However, Pakistan tried their best to be in the game as they got the wicket of Ketan at crucial stage who got run out in 35th over with another 59 runs needing in 34 deliveries. Ketan remained second top scorer of the innings with a solid 76. But the return of retired hurt batsman, Ajay Reddy became blessing in disguise for India as Ajay and Jayaramaiah scored runs with quite ease. Indians yielded 14 runs in 18th over when 34 needing in 3 overs.
Next over returned 11 runs and with 9 needing of last over, bowler Haroon gave just one runs in first two balls but Jayaramaiah hit for fours in next two deliveries as Indians stood as One Day Cricket World Cup champions.
India: 392 for 5 in 39.4 overs (P Jayaramaiah 82*, KB Patel 76; Z Abbasi 1/59, MI Saleem 1/68) beat Pakistan: 389 for 7 in 40 overs (MD Jamil 102, MD Akram 75; AD Karche 2/71, Deepak Malik 1/77) by 5 wickets