Only the decision to field first prevented India from amassing its third successive 300-plus score, as the host chased down a target of 159 with nine overs to spare, in the SBI T20 World Cup for the Blind here on Wednesday. After restricting the West Indies to a moderate score, India’s Prakash Jayaramaiah took the bowling apart to record his second century of the tournament (125, 49b), following his 173 against Australia in the World Cup opener.
In one of the closest matches of the tournament so far, Sri Lanka pipped England by 13 runs, aided by a spate of six run-outs which derailed England’s chase.
Pakistan, meanwhile, continued its unstoppable march with a ten-wicket thumping of Australia in a rain-affected match at the Central College grounds. Australia struggled to 60 for six in its nine overs, only to find Pakistan knocking off the runs in a mere two overs.
The first match of the day between South Africa and Bangladesh was called off due to a wet pitch.
West Indies 158 for seven in 20 overs (Rodney Ram Rattan 48 n.o., Lo-Shane Myles 40, Anthony Cummins 24, S. Ravi two for 17) lost to India 162 for two in 11 overs (Prakash Jayaramaiah 125).
Sri Lanka 202 for six in 20 overs (C. Deshapriya 69, Chandana Kumara 35, Ravindra 35) bt England 189 for six in 20 overs (Matt Dean 68, Luke Sugg 54); Australia 60 for six in nine overs (Brit Wilson 23) lost to Pakistan 63 for no loss in two overs (Ali Murtaza 26 n.o., Mohammad Jameel 20 n.o.).
Keywords: SBI T20 World Cup for the Blind