Twitter applauds India on winning the Blind World Cup for second time

Twitter applauds India on winning the Blind World Cup for second time

Sunil Ramesh stepped up and played a great knock worth 93 to help them retain the Cup. He was well supported by skipper Ajay Reddy who scored 63 runs.

Indian blind cricket team
Indian blind cricket team celebrates the victory. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Defending champions India successfully retained their title in the Blind World Cup 2018 as they held their nerves to beat Pakistan by two wickets in the final of the 5th edition of the tournament in Sharjah on Saturday. Being sent into bat first, the hosts scored 308 for the loss of eight wickets in the allocated 40 overs with memorable performances from Badar Munir who scored 57, while Riasat Khan added 48 runs to the team’s total. Captain Nisar Ali also managed to add 47 runs.

For India, Sunil Ramesh stepped up and played a great knock worth 93 to help them retain the Cup. He was well supported by skipper Ajay Reddy who scored 63 runs. The Men in Blue reached the target in the penultimate over with two wickets in hand. Their innings began on a good note as they raced to 111/1 after 15 overs but soon lost two quick wickets in the form of run-outs to be 116/3 after 16th over.

Despite getting three consecutive wickets, Pakistan were unable to restrict India when they were inching towards the target because a wide-ball that went to cross the boundary confirmed India’s victory in the final. They did stutter towards the closing stages of the game after they lost Ajay followed by two hasty dismissals but the defending champs did well to hold their nerves to win the final.

The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council had also invited ICC CEO David Richardson, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani to witness the final.

Earlier in the tournament, the India team had defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets in the group stage. The Men in Green made it to the final after defeating Sri Lanka by 156 runs while India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets to book their place in the final. In fact, the title winners entered the final undefeated in the entire tournament.

Twitter rose to the occasion to wish our Men in Blue on their special victory: