Blind World Cup: India beats NZ by nine wickets

An all-round effort from India helped it defeat New Zealand by nine wickets in the Blind World Cup fixture between the sides on Tuesday.


A triumphant Indian team after its convincing victory in Bhubaneswar.   -  Special Arrangement

An all-round performance gave India a nine-wicket victory over New Zealand in the Blind World Cup fixture between the sides on Tuesday in Bhubaneswar. Brett Wilson’s unbeaten 52 led New Zealand to 136 for 6 in its 20 overs, a score that was eclipsed within nine overs by India as top-order batsmen Sukhram Majhi and Ajay Kumar Reddy scored attacking half-centuries.

Having opted to bat first, New Zealand found itself in some trouble early on as its top-order batsmen were dismissed cheaply. Wilson stabilised the innings and took his team to a total that eventually proved insufficient. Iqbal Jafar and Ketan Patel were among the wickets for India.

India lost its first wicket in the first over, when Jafar was bowled for a duck by Marquele McCaskill. There was no looking back for India thereafter as Majhi (56) and Reddy (75) collected 25 fours between them to ease India past the finishing line.

Besides India, England, Pakistan and West Indies also won their respective matches on Tuesday.

India has now won six of its seven matches in the tournament, and stands second in the points table behind Pakistan. The semifinals will be played on February 10 and February 11, and the final is scheduled for February 12.

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