T20 World Cup for the Blind: India beat Bangladesh to claim third successive title | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Brilliant centuries by skipper Ajay Kumar Reddy and Sunil Ramesh helped India beat Bangladesh by 120 runs in the final and win their third successive T20 World Cup for the Blind title at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
The title victory was truly deserving for hosts India as they remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Sunil was declared Man of the Match in the final and also received the Man of the Series in the B3 category.
Ajay was adjudged Man of the Series in the B2 category while Bangladesh’s Mohammed Mahmud Rashid was the Man of the Series in the B1 category.
Opting to bat, India had a horrible start as they were reduced to 29/2 after Salman removed vice-captain D Venkateswara in the 4th over and later castled Lalit Meena’s stumps in the same over.
But that was the only joy for the Bangla team as it was Sunil and Ajay’s show from there on. Both the centurions challenged the Bangla bowling attack with conviction and played their shots all over the ground.
Ajay got a reprieve while batting at 40 when he was dropped in the deep and after that the batters did not give any chances to the bowling side as they continued to mint runs.
Sunil reached hundred, his third of the tournament, with a boundary while Ajay reached the three-figure mark in the final over of the innings.
The batters put on an unbeaten 248 run unbeaten partnership for the third wicket to guide India to a mammoth 277 in the 20 overs.
Sunil hit an unbeaten 136 off 63 balls with the help of 24 boundaries and one six and Ajay scored an unbeaten 100 off 50 balls that consisted of 18 boundaries.
Chasing a huge target of 278, the in-form Bangla openers Salman and captain Md. Ashiqur Rahman started the innings well but couldn’t find boundaries. The Indian bowlers bowled some tight overs which increased the run rate and added pressure to the Bangladesh batters especially after the powerplay overs.
Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the 9th over after Lalit Meena dismissed the Bangladesh captain for 21 after an opening wicket partnership of 56 runs.
Salman on the other side was trying his best to accelerate the scoring but the Indian side were disciplined in their bowling.
Salman put on a 42-run partnership with Abid for the second wicket and 48 runs for the third wicket with Aref Allah on the way to scoring his half century.
Abid scored 18 and Arif Ullah scored 22. Salman remained unbeaten on 77 from 65 balls. He also finished the tournament as the top run getter with 425 runs from 7 innings.
At the end, Bangladesh could only manage 157/3 after 20 overs.
Brief Scores:
India: 277/2 in 20 overs (Sunil Ramesh – 136 not out, Ajay Kumar Reddy – 100 not out; Salman – 2/41) beat Bangladesh – 157/3 in 20 overs (Salman 77 not out, Arif Ullah – 22, Md. Ashiqur Rahman – 21, Abid – 18; Lalit Meena – 1/49, Ajay Kumar Reddy – 1/12)


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