India Trounce Pakistan to Win T20 World Cup for Blind

Bangalore, Dec 13 (IANS) : In a surcharged atmosphere with all the trappings of any game between the arch-rivals, India trounced Pakistan by 30 runs in a thrilling final of the T20 World Cup for the blind here Thursday.

Putting behind its eight-wicket loss to Pakistan in a league tie Dec 7, India took full advantage of batting first despite losing the toss to set an imposing target of 259 and restricting the rival team to 228 for eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.

Though India began on high note with opener Prakash Jayaramaiah (partially blind) scoring 14 off the very first over, the sudden exit of vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy (partial vision) when he was clean bowled by Zeeshan Abbasi seemed to set off a panic in the ranks.

The team lost four quick wickets to the wily bowling of Mohammed Akram (partial vision) and Idris Saleem (totally blind) and were able to post only 119 runs in the first 10 overs.

Ketan Bhai Patel (fully blind), however, remained at the crease to hit a combative match-winning 98 in 43 balls and helped India reach 258 for eight wickets in the stipulated 20 overs in the company of Dunna Venkatesh (partially blind) who hit 21 off 14 balls. "I was more concerned about India reaching 300 than my century, which I missed by two runs. In the end, it did not matter as I helped my team to put up a defendable score to win the World Cup," a beaming Patel told reporters after the match.

Chasing a gettable target, Pakistan batters started cautiously to score 40 in four overs and looked dangerous as they cruised to 75 for no loss in seven overs after Indian captain Shekar Naik dropped an easy catch of Akram (partial vision) in the fifth over.

When Akram, who made 32 off 23 balls, and Ali Murtaza (partially blind) who hit 38 off 24 balls, got out, a charged up India swung back into the game with tight bowling and close fielding to slow down the Pakistan run-rate after a delayed breakthrough.

Though Pakistan had more wickets at hand at halfway stage with 108 for two wickets in contrast to India's 119 for four wickets in 10 overs, Indians choked the Pakistani batters from hitting freely resulting in the asking run rate climbing up steeply.

In desperate attempt to accelerate the run-rate and chase the target, a panicky Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals after Amir Ishfaq (totally blind) and Mohammed Jameel (partial vision) stitched up a half-century partnership in the middle overs.

Indian keeper Jayaramaiah even did a jig in the last but one over, sensing the victory, as Pakistan had to score 45 runs in the last two overs. Delirious fans lifted Indian captain Shekar Naik on their shoulders.

For India, Pankaj Bhue was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 37 runs. Patel was adjudged man of the match. "The difference between the teams was the outstanding field by our boys and their commitment to win," Indian coach Patrick Rajkumar said later.

A tearful Pakistan skipper Abbasi acknowledged that India deserved to win the World Cup.

"Our fully blind players gave away too many extras while their Indian counterparts were more disciplined and fielded better than us," Abbasi pointed out.

World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) vice-president and Cricket Association of India for Blind (CAIB) general secretary G.K. Manantesh said he was proud of the Indian team, which brought laurels to the country by winning the coveted World Cup.

Legendary Indian keeper Syed Kirmani lauded the Indian lads' spirit and said the final had all the fanfare, twists and turns, excitement and tension of a typical India-Pakistan match. Karnataka Rajya Sabha member and Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes and Sri Lankan legendary batsman Arjuna Ranatunga presented the awards.

Patel bagged the Man of the Series award in the fully blind category, Jayaramaiah in the partially blind category and Reddy in the partial vision category.


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  • Sunil Fernandes, Kota

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    Our senior cricket team players should be replaced by these blind players.

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  • Musthaq A Hssain, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Congrats...well done ... when i saw the group picture in ESPN website ...the man of the mach amount is 5000/ Rupees ...its very sad

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    What is that in Photo no 1?
    Congrats Boys! You have shown us all how to play with 'Eyes Open'!
    God Bless! Keep it up!

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Congratulations to Indian team. Best wishes to Pakistani team. They played well. Let us here appreciate the spirit of both the teams and not speak of India Pakistan teams. All of us should appreciate the players from both the sides, for playing a good game of cricket. Well done dear players. Keep up the spirit!

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  • Naufal, uddabettu

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Even we can beat pakistan blindly.well done Indian team..cheers

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  • rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    We are already BLIND to their terrorist activities. This victory is another feather in the cap !!!!

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    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    pakistan gaya thel lene main...jai bharath matha

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore, Dubai

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Congrats team India..

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  • Jason, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Congratulations Team India!!

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  • Calvin, Surathkal/USA

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Congratulations..They have made the nation proud...Playing even better than national team which is currently embarrassing itself...May God bless them richly..They have proven that no disability can overcome the human spirit.

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  • Rayan, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Congrats. Well done.Now hope even our open eyes people win the 4th test.

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