New Delhi: India defeated Pakistan by two wickets in the finals of the fifth edition of Blind Cricket World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE. With this win, India retained the blind World Cup. In a thrilling final, India chased down 309 in 38.2 overs with two wickets to spare. Sunil Ramesh scored 93 while Ajay Reddy added valuable 62. Also Read - Visually Impaired Indian Cricket Team Defeats England by 7 Wickets in T20I of Bilateral Cricket Series For Blind
Earlier, India continued their rich vein of form as they defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets to qualify for the finals. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar Requests BCCI to Recognise India's Blind Cricket Body
Pakistan, on the other hand, had qualified for the finals after thrashing Sri Lanka by 156 runs in the semi-finals of the tournament on Wednesday. Also Read - Orchestra singer, milk-seller, farm labourer in blind WC team
Going into the finals, India have an upper-hand as they had already beaten their arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in the group stages.
Meanwhile, India remained unbeaten throughout this tournament.
Following the win, India became the second team after Pakistan to win the Blind Cricket World Cup twice and also became the second team to win the back to back editions of the blind World Cup.
(With ANI inputs)