Pakistan triumphs over India in IBSA World Blind Games opener

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan marked a victorious beginning at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Blind Games, securing an 18-run victory over India in Birmingham on Sunday.

According to media reports, Pakistan’s visually-impaired team scored 187 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs after choosing to bat at King Edward’s School ground. Muhammad Salman scored 50 runs in 31 deliveries, Captain Nisar Ali made 46 runs in 33, and Badar Munir added 37 runs in 24.

Meanwhile, in response, India’s visually-impaired team managed 169 runs for seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Despite needing 38 runs from the final three overs, their pursuit was curtailed by a brilliant 18th over bowled by Matiullah, who conceded only four runs.

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A swift turn of events saw India’s score fell from 150 for three wickets to 154 for six wickets, including a run-out dismissal. India VI’s Sunil Ramesh led their batting with 62 runs, while Durga Rao Tompaki contributed 40 runs.

The reports said that in World Blind Games opening match, Pakistan VI’s Matiullah claimed two wickets, and five Indian batters were run out during the match. Pakistan’s upcoming fixture is against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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