Blind World Cup: Pakistan beats England; to meet India in the final

Pakistan continued its super form to beat England BCEW by 147 runs in the second semifinal of the T20 Cricket World Cup for Blind at the KSCA Ground in Alur on Saturday and book themselves a date with India in the mega final.

Pakistan and England in action during their match.   -  Special Arrangement

Pakistan continued its super form to beat England BCEW by 147 runs in the second semifinal of the T20 Cricket World Cup for Blind at the KSCA Ground in Alur on Saturday and book themselves a date with India in the mega final. The final will be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.

Opting to field first, England ran into a belligerent Pakistan batting unit, who made 309 for 1 in 20 overs. Israr Hassan (143 not out in 69 balls) and Badar Munir (103 in 43 balls) were Pakistan’s stars. They played with authority and showcased their talent with 25 boundaries and 18 boundaries respectively.

In the second innings, England BCEW tried its best in the chase, but had little answer against Pakistan’s strong bowling attack. Matthew James Page 41(36) and Luke Jason Smith Sugg 34(26) were the only ones to show any kind of resistance. Muhammad Zafar was Pakistan’s most successful bowler with two wickets. Israr Hassan and Amir Ishfaq took one wicket each.

Now it faces India in what promises to be an enticing final!

Scores

Pakistan: 309/1 in 20 overs (Badar Munir 103(43) retd, Israr Hassan 143(69) n.o., Amir Ishfaq 26(7), Mati Ullah 20(8) n.o.) bt England: 162/7 in 20 overs (Matthew James Page 41(36), Edward James Hossell 9(12), Peter Blueitt 4(5), Justin Hollingsworth 17(14), Nathaniel Gerrard Foy 0(1), Rory William Hossell 14(18), Luke Jason Smith Sugg 34(26) n.o., Mahomed-Abraar Gafar Khatri 8(16), Matthew Dean 0(0) n.o., Israr Hassan 1-9, Muhammad Zafar 2-17, Amir Ishfaq 1-13)

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