Blind T20 World Cup: India thump Pakistan in final to lift second successive title

Bengaluru: The Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title in Bengaluru on Sunday, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final for the second successive edition.

With eight wins from nine matches, India had gone into the final as favourites and lived up to it with a comprehensive victory. For Pakistan though, it was their first loss in the tournament.

India with the Blind T20 World Cup trophy. Twitter/ @BCCI

India with the Blind T20 World Cup trophy. Twitter/ @BCCI

The two teams had clashed in the 2012 edition final as well with India emerging triumphant.

The victory was also a sweet revenge for the Indians, who had lost to Pakistan in the league stage of the current edition.

Batting first, Pakistan made 197/9 but India chased down the target in 18 overs without much of a fuss, losing just one wicket in the process.

Man of the match Prakash Jayaramaiah stood out with a splendid unbeaten 99-run knock, while Ajay Kumar Reddy was the only man to be dismissed for 43. Reddy was run out.

Man of the series Badar Munir was the top-scorer for Pakistan with a 570-run effort.

Ketan Patel and Jaffar Iqbal were the pick of Indian bowlers, grabbing two wickets each after conceding 29 and 33 runs respectively.

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Updated Date: Feb 12, 2017 17:37:57 IST

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