ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will lock horns against arch rival India in the final of the Blind Cricket World Cup (BCWC) to be played at Wally Wilson Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday (December 7).
Pakistan outplayed England by 8 wickets in the first semi-final played at YMCA Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa 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 scored 264 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in stipulated 40 over’s. 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 took 2 wickets for 36 runs in 6 over’s, while Zeeshan Abbasi, Idrees Saleem and Israr shared bagged one wicket each.
In reply, Pakistan started aggressively and both openers Haroon Khan and Muhammad Jamil hammered the English bowlers, Haroon Khan was the 1st wicket to fall, he made 45 runs off 25 balls with 8 (4’s). Amir Ishfaq (totally blind) was the next batsman, he toiled the English pace attack and broke the world record of fastest half century in ODI’s, he made 50 on mere 14 balls.
The previous World Record of fastest half century was also set by a Pakistani batsman Abdul Razzaq on 17 balls vs Australia in 1st Blind Cricket World Cup New Delhi 1998.
Amir got out after scoring 58 runs off 20 balls. Muhammad Jamil remained unbeaten on the other end, he scored 117 runs off 57 balls with the help of 18 (4’s) and 2 sixes. It was his second consecutive ton against England in this World Cup. Pakistan chased the target in 17.4 over’s for the loss of 2 wickets. Edward Hossel took 2 wickets for England.