Hosts India have defended their T20 Blind World Cup Title on Sunday at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy stadium by beating the arch rivals Pakistan by 9 wickets. While chase a target of 198 runs in 20 overs set by Pakistan, Indian batsmen never looked in any trouble and got off to a flying start. Openers Ajay Kumar Reddy and Prakasha Jayaramaiah added 54 runs from the first 5 overs and at the end of 10 overs, India’s score was 109/0.
Reddy was caught short of his crease by Israr Hassan after scoring 43 runs. Ketan Patel walked in to bat at number 3 but was forced to retire hurt after scoring 26 runs. The next batsman was Venkatesh who gave good company to Jayaramaiah and both the batsman ensure that no other wicket is lost before India crosses the finishing line. India clinched the title in a spectacular fashion in the 18th over by hitting a boundary but Jayaramaiah missed out on his century by just one run and remained not out on 99 runs.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team by posting a tweet that said, “Delighted that India won the Blind T20 World Cup. Congratulations to the team. India is proud of their accomplishment.”
The Executive Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra hailed it as a far bigger accomplishment that winning a regular tournament. He posted a tweet saying, “This is a far greater accomplishment than victory in a ‘regular’ tournament.Lessons in courage&commitment surround us. Do we learn enough?” Bollywood supertstar Shah Rukh also expressed his desire to meet and hug the players of the winning team.
Delighted that India won the Blind T20 World Cup. Congratulations to the team. India is proud of their accomplishment.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2017
Just heard India won the T20 Cricket World Cup. Couldn’t watch the match. How awesome & inspiring is that. Boys I want to meet u & hug u
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) February 12, 2017
This is a far greater accomplishment than victory in a ‘regular’ tournament.Lessons in courage&commitment surround us. Do we learn enough? https://t.co/SoL4IxCRog
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) February 12, 2017
Both the teams entered the competition in a good form with India losing just one match out of their last 9 matches. They defeated Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the tournament by ten wickets while neighbours Pakistan thrashed England by 147 runs in the second semi-final.
After going in to bat first, Badar Munir was the star performer for Pakistan scoring 57 from 37 balls including eight fours and one six and got good support from Muhammad Jamil, who scored 24 from 15 balls. Ketan Patel and Jaffar Iqbal picked up two wickets each for India.