Blind World Cup: India beats Nepal

India defeated Nepal by 152 runs in a commanding performance in its Blind World Cup fixture in Vijayawada on Wednesday.


Ajay Kumar Reddy scored a century and claimed a wicket against Nepal.   -  Special Arrangement (File Photo)

India gathered its eighth win in the ongoing World Cup for the Blind on Wednesday, defeating Nepal by 152 runs in Vijayawada. Ajay Kumar Reddy smashed a century and Venkateswara Rao scored an unbeaten 82 to help India post 289 for 1 in its 20 overs; in reply, Nepal scored 137 for 5 in its quota of overs.

Opting to bat first, openers Reddy and Durga Rao went about scoring a plethora of boundaries. Eventually, both were retired hurt, having scored 109 and 53 respectively. Rao, however, accelerated even more; his knock was constructed in 33 balls and possessed 11 boundaries.

None of Nepal's bowlers had any success as the only wicket to fall was via a run-out. Besides Sunil Rana Magar, all other bowlers - Nepal used 10 of them - gave away runs at at least 11 per over.

Nepal's chase was led by Ramesh Bahadur Baniya, Padam Bahadur Badaila and Bikram Bahadur Rana, but all these batsmen were rather slow in terms of strike-rate. Only five fours and two sixes were scored in the entire innings. Reddy and Md. Jafar Iqbal were among the wickets for India.

With its seventh defeat in the tournament, Nepal lies ninth in the points table. India lies second, behind Pakistan.

Brief Scores

India 289 for 1 in 20 overs (Ajay Kumar Reddy 109*, Venkateswara Rao 82*, Durga Rao 53*) beat Nepal 137 for 5 in 20 overs (Ramesh Bahadur Baniya 35, Padam Bahadur Badaila 28, Bikram Bahadur Rana 24*) by 152 runs.

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