Blind World Cup: India moves into final with win over SL

India defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad to move into the final of the Twenty20 World Cup for the Blind.


Ajay Reddy (left) and Prakash J. celebrate India's victory after an unbeaten partnership of 175 that took India past the finish line.   -  Special Arrangement

Prakash J. scored an unbeaten century (115, 52b, 23 x 4) and Ajay Kumar Reddy scored a half-century (51 not out) to lead India to a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup for the blind at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. India awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Pakistan and England – to be held on Saturday – in the final on Sunday.

Having inserted Sri Lanka in to bat, India bowled it out for 174 in 19.2 overs; Ranbir Pawar and Sunil were the most successful Indian bowlers, having taken two wickets each. Besides a 90-run third wicket partnership between Suranga Sampath and Chandana Deshapriya, Sri Lanka did not have much to show for its batting outing. Sampath top-scored with 49.

Prakash and Reddy helped India reach the target of 175 in 13 overs. The two hit 31 fours between them.

The scores

Semifinal: Sri Lanka 174 (Suranga Sampath 49, Chandana Deshapriya 42; Sunil two for 21, Ajay Kumar Reddy two for 18) lost to India 175 for no loss (Prakash 115 not out, Ajay Kumar Reddy 51 not out) by 10 wickets.

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