Indian Blind Cricket Team, the Champions of T20 World Cup (in 2012) and runners of last World Cup (in 2006) trashed England to open their account in the ongoing 4th Blind Cricket World Cup held in South Africa.
Indian team lost their first match to Defending Champions, Pakistan on Friday by 7 wickets. Whereas England team won their first match by 41 runs against South Africa.
Both faced off at Wally Wilson Oval at Cape Town, South Africa. Indian preferred to bowl first after winning the toss. However, England started their innings with a solid stand from the opening pair Matthew Dean and Luke Sugg. In the previous game against South Africa, the both openers smashed centuries putting on a triple century stand. Yet again the pair looked good to repeat it but Indian bowlers weren’t going to allow them as their 124 run stand came to an end after Dean departed for 59. Soon Sugg followed him up scoring a brisk 52.
England hardly received contributions from other batsmen as they could manage 259 on their board in 40 overs which was helped by Indian bowlers who gave away 51 extras. Indian bowlers Farahn Aranhikkal and Venkateswara Rao picked up two wickets each.
In the chase of 260, India lost wicket of Ajay Kumar for just 32. But with the contributions from other opener Prakasha Jayaramaiah and one down batsman Ketanbhai Babughai Patel smashed England out of the match. Ketan Bhai scored a quick fire 90 off just 55 balls putting on 207 runs for 2nd wicket before finishing the chase. Indians comfortably finished of the game with opener Jayaramaiah scoring an unbeaten 136 in just 81 balls powering India to a 8 wicket win in just 22.3 overs.
India: 261 for 2 in 22.3 overs (P Jayaramaiah 131*, KB Patel 90; MG Khatri 1/10) beat England: 259 for 9 in 40 overs (M Dean 59, L Sugg 52; MD Farahn 2/29, DV Rao 2/36) by 8 wickets
–> In other matches of the tournament, South Africa lost their second straight match with Pakistan registering their second win two games with a 7 wicket win. South Africa, who batted first were bowled out for just 114 and Pakistan chased it down it in just 8.1 overs.