T20 WC for Blind: Pakistan cruises to victory

Pakistan made light work of its target of 100 against South Africa while Sri Lanka cruised to an eight-wicket win against Australia in the T20 World Cup for the Blind.

Badar Munir scored an unbeaten half-century in Pakistan's win over South Africa.   -  Special Arrangement

It took Pakistan just 5.1 overs to chase 100 runs to register a nine-wicket win over South Africa in the T20 World Cup for the Blind at the KSCA Alur Grounds in Bengaluru on Monday.

After electing to bat first, South Africa lost four wickets for 39 runs after 7.4 overs. Five of its batsmen were run out and it couldn't get a substantial partnership. Only Tefo Lesley Classen (19) and Buhle Bhidla (10) got double-digit scores. Thirty runs of South Africa's total were extras.

Pakistan got off to a quick start in the chase. Despite Riasat Khan's wicket in the third over, South Africa couldn't stop Pakistan's charge. Badar Munir scored a 20-ball 60, smashing 10 fours and two sixes. Muhammad Jamil chipped in with a 11-ball 29 as Pakistan won with over 14 overs to spare.

In the second game of the day, Sri Lanka, losing just two wickets, chased 174 against Australia at the Rajagiri College Grounds in Kochi. Stephen Leo Palmer and Lindsay David Heaven scored half-centuries after put into bat by Sri Lanka. But Suranga Sampath scored an unbeaten 52-ball 105, spearheading his team's win.

Scores:

South Africa 100 for nine in 20 overs (Tefo Lesley Classen 19; Anees Javed 2/15) lost to Pakistan 102 for one in 5.1 overs (Badar Munir 60 not out; Asher Jonathan Hattingh 1/29)

Australia 174 for five in 20 overs (Stephen Leo Palmer 68; Upul Gamage 2/20) lost to Sri Lanka 176 for two in 15.2 overs (Suranga Sampath 105 not out; Lindsay Heaven 1/51)

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