Indian visually impaired Cricket team entered into finals of the Cricket World Cup for the Blind after trashing Sri Lankans by 134 runs, thanks to an all-round show from Shekar Naik Lachma who scored a huge ton and later collapsed Sri Lankan top with the ball. Indians will now face the defending champions Pakistan in the finals to become the champions of the One Day Cricket World Cup for the visually impaired.
Indians, after winning the toss, decided to bat first. Indian seen themselves off to a decent start with opening pair putting on 50 run stand before Venkateshwara Rao fell for just 13. But the inform batsmen Lachma and Ketanbhai Patel took over the Sri Lankan bowlers with aim of putting on a big total. They both shared a stand of 123 runs for 2nd wicket which came to an end as Ketanbhai fell after scoring 30-ball, 52 run knock.
Indians continued their toying the Sri Lankan bowlers with Lachma getting great support from Jayaramaiah. Shekar Naik Lachma, who hold the record for the highest individual score for India in this format (with 198*), completed his second century in this world cup and looked well set to take India to a huge total. Finally the 131 run stand came to an end with Lachma getting run out after scoring 149 with help of 18 fours. Soon Jayaramaiah, who scored 67 returned to pavilion. From a score of 310 for 2, Indians’ middle order collapse ensured their score go down to 366 for 7.
However, Ishavarbhai scored an unbeaten 27 at lower order guiding India past 400. But losing last three wickets in span of 4 runs made the Indians bowl out with 3 more balls to spare and a total of 407 on the board.
Chasing a mammoth 408 to enter finals, Sri Lankans lost two wickets in very second over of their innings as Lachma, the star of India with bat till then, turned up to do the same with the ball. Sri Lankans crumbled further to 40 for 5 with opening bowlers Lachma and Ajaykumar striking regularly. However, the Lankans weren’t in a mood off giving away India an easy win as Chandana and Sampath tried to rebuild the chase.
However with the required run kept piling up, Sri Lankans couldn’t do anything great. The 141 run stand for sixth wicket finally came to an end when Chandanna fell to Karche after scoring 79. Soon after, Sampath got run out after a well-made 65. Towards the end, Chaminda scored an unbeaten 46 helping Sri Lankans to score 250 run mark. Unlike India, Sri Lankans managed to play the full quota overs as they ended with 273 for 9, losing the game by 134 runs.
Notable thing during Sri Lankan innings was Indian bowlers conceding 55 extras, which were the 3rd highest contributor in terms of runs. However, conceding extras has been the biggest problem India been facing throughout the tournament, with extras been top contributors for opposition in three of the five games been played in league stage.
In another semi-final, Pakistan trashed England by 8 wickets as they chased down England’s 264/8 in just 17.4 overs with 134 balls to spare.
Pakistan are the defending champions and champions of last two editions of One Day World Cup and also, beat India earlier in the tournament during a league stage game. Pakistan have a unique record of qualifying for finals in all the four editions of the World Cup including this time.
Indians made into finals for the second consecutive time and also they are the Champions of inaugural (happened only once) T20 World Cup. Indians, managed to qualify to semis in all editions of One Day Cricket World Cup for blind.
India: 407 all out in 39.3 overs (SN Lachma 149, P Jayaramaiah 67; WMS Sampath 2/60, PS Kumara 2/71) beat Sri Lanka: 273 for 9 in 40 overs (WWD Chandana 79, WMS Sampath 65; SN Lachma 4/47, I Ajaykumar 1/39)by 134 runs
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