Defending champions India beat Pakistan by two wickets in the final of the 5th ODI Blind Cricket World Cup at the Sharjah Stadium on Saturday. While talking to media Indian skipper Ajay Kumar Reddy said that they dedicate this win to the Armed forces.
“First of all we are really happy we won this World Cup,” he said, “We have done a lot of hard work for getting here. My team did a great job.”
“This win we dedicate for the Indian Army because they are working hard to ensure that the country’s common people remain safe. Some of them lose their lives also while doing that so we have decided that this win is dedicated to the Indian army,” he said.
“In our team meeting yesterday we had decided that we will field first if we won the toss,” he said.
After winning the toss, India invited Pakistan to bat first and bowled them out for 307 runs for eight in 40 overs.
“All the people who have prayed for our win, we thank them because since the beginning the game has gone our way,” Ajay Reddy said.
“We had won the toss and we did decide to bowl first. We also managed to restrict them to a chasable total. We lost the openers quickly but Sunil played well. The team’s batting line-up is very strong. I don’t lose hope until the 11th man is out,” Reddy added.
From Pakistan’s side, Badar Muni scored 57 in 61 balls. Risayat Khan’s 48 in 38 balls and skipper Nisar Ali quick 47 were the highlights of Pakistan innings. Deepak Malik and Rambir took two wickets each and Sunil Ramesh took one wicket.
During the chase, Sunil Ramesh’s scintillating 93 runs in 67 balls and skipper Ajay Reddy’s 62 in 60 balls guided India to win with an over to spare.