Indo-Pak Blind cricket final
07 December, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will play against arch rival India in the final of the Blind Cricket World Cup (BCWC) to be played at Wally Wilson Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday.
Pakistan outplayed England by 8 wickets in the first semi-final played at YMCA Cricket Ground in Cape Town on Saturday and qualified for the final.
England won the toss and decided to bat first. Pakistan bowled well and didn't allow the English batsmen to score freely. England end up scoring 264 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in stipulated 40 overs.
Luke Sugg was the top scorer for England making 105 runs, whereas Justin Hollingsworth scored 53 runs.
Haroon Khan was the most dominating bowler for Pakistan taking 2 wickets for 36 runs in 6 overs, while Zeeshan Abbasi, Idrees Saleem and Israr shared one wicket each.
In reply, Pakistan started aggressively and both openers Haroon Khan and Muhammad Jamil hammered English bowlers. Haroon Khan was the 1st wicket to fall. He made 45 runs off 25 balls with 8 fours.
Next batsman, Amir Ishfaq toiled the English pace attack and broke the world record of fastest half century in ODI's. He made 50 in only 14 balls.
The previous World Record of fastest half century was also set by a Pakistani batsman, Abdul Razzaq in 17 balls against Australia in 1st Blind Cricket World Cup in New Delhi in 1998.
Amir got out after scoring 58 runs off 20 balls. Muhammad Jamil remained unbeaten on the other end and scored 117 runs off 57 balls with the help of 18 boundaries and 2 sixes. It was his second consecutive ton against England in this world cup.
Pakistan chased down the target in 17.4 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. Edward Hossel took 2 wickets for England.
Earlier Pakistan had beaten India by seven wickets in the opening match of the Blind Cricket World Cup.