Blind World Cup: India, Pak, SL, England move into semis

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England secured their spots in the semifinals of the Blind World Cup after the last round of the league phase.

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Padam Bahadur Badaila (third from left) scored the tournament's first double-century.   -  Special Arrangement

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Chandana Deshpriya celebrates after scoring his century that gave Sri Lanka victory over South Africa.   -  Special Arrangement

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England secured their spots in the semifinals of the Blind World Cup after the last round of the league phase.

Padam Bahadur Badaila scored the World Cup’s first double-century to take Nepal to victory over New Zealand. Badaila’s unbeaten 211 was well supported by Sovaram Dangi’s unbeaten 58 as Nepal posted 315. In reply, New Zealand was bowled out for 174 in 19.1 overs.

Pakistan defeated Australia by 147 runs to continue its winning streak in the tournament. Pakistan’s massive score of 321 for 3, helped by Riasat Khan’s 114, turned out to be too big to be matched by its opposition. In reply, Australia managed 172 in its 20 overs.

In another match, Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by nine wickets. Buhle Bhidla scored 59 runs in 52 balls, and Johan Schroeder scored 50 runs in 29 balls to lead South Africa to 178, but Chandana Deshpriya’s brilliant 109 in 47 balls guided Sri Lanka past the line comfortably.

England also registered a victory, defeating West Indies by six wickets. West Indies’ 232 was eclipsed in 19.1 overs by England for the loss of four wickets. Peter Blueitt scored an unbeaten 74.

Semifinals line-up

India v Sri Lanka, Hyderabad (Fateh Maidan), Friday, 10 a.m.;

England v Pakistan, Bengaluru (Alur grounds), Saturday, 10 a.m.

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