T20 World Cup Day 8

India sends Bangladesh crashing
In what may be the quickest ever finish to a game, Bangladesh collapsed to 57 for 9 in 20 overs against India at the Central College grounds. In reply, the Indians wrapped up their victory in just 1.5 overs. The Indians who have done outstandingly well with the bat till now in the tournament shone with the ball this time to send Bangladesh crashing to one of its lowest ever total. Vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy turned in an all round performance taking 4 wickets for 8 runs and then smashing 23 runs in 6 balls, to be adjudged later as the Man of the Match. With this, Bangladesh is yet to register a win in the tournament.
Brief Scores: India: 58 for no loss in 1.5 overs (Prakash Jayaramaiah (B3) 29 (9), Ajay Kumar Reddy (B2) 23 (6) beat Bangladesh: 57 for 9 in 20 overs (Mohammad Maniruzzaman (B1) 12 (35), Ajay K Reddy (B2) (4-0-8-4). India won by 10 wickets. Man of the Match: Ajay K Reddy.
Aussies thrash South Africa: All-round performance by Lindsay Heaven helped Australia to thrash South Africa by 8 wickets at the Central College grounds. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Australian batsmen found the going tough against a tight spell of bowling by Peter Robinson (3 for 27) and Lindsay Heven (2 for 38). Lawrence Ruthven was the only batsman to shine, scoring 53 off 39 balls. Chasing a modest target of 186, Lindsay Heaven and Matt McCarthy combined well to put on 171 runs together and Australia wrapped up the match in only 14 overs losing only two wickets in the process.
Brief Scores: Australia: 186 for 2 in 14 overs (Lindsay Heaven (B2) 83 (44), Matt McCarthy (B2) 56 (38), Sean Schwan (B3) 3-0-36-2) beat South Africa: 185 for 9 in 20 overs (Lawrence Ruthven (B2) 53 (39), Sean Schwan (B3) 24 (18), Peter Robinson (B2) 4-0-27-3, Lindsay Heaven 4-1-38-2). Australia won by 8 wickets. Man of the Match: Lindsay Heaven.
Nepal lose no wicket but lose match: Fine batting display by West Indies proved to be no match for Nepal with the Windies winning comfortably by 73 runs at the match played at Aditya Global Sports Ground, Bangalore. The match was restricted to 18 overs due to the presence of the dew on the pitch. Windies won the toss and opted to bat first. Gregory Stewart and Halden Forde carried their form from the previous matches to post a century partnership of 105 in only 48 balls. In reply, though Nepal did not lose any wicket the target never seemed in their reach and eventually they ended at 164 for no loss.
Brief Scores: West Indies: 237 for 3 in 18 overs (Gregory Stewart (B2) 87 (45), Halden Forde (B3) -60 (27) beat Nepal: 164 for no loss in 18 overs (Khimananda Gaire (B3) 76 not out (50), Bikram B Rana (B1) 28 not out (37), Ram Prasad Paudel (B2) 30 (29) Retired hurt. Windies won by 73 runs. Man of the match: Gregory Stewart.
Sri Lanka caves in to Pak: Pakistan had another easy outing against Sri Lanka defeating them by 9 wickets at Aditya Global Sports Ground. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Sri Lankans found it difficult to put away Anees Javed who shackled the batsmen grabbing 3 wickets for 14. The Lankans never could recover after this and ended at 147 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, the Pakistanis toyed with the bowling, with Ali Murtaza and Mohammad Zafar stitching up a winning partnership of 94 runs in 33 balls. It required just 9.1 overs for Pakistan to over-run the target.
Brief Scores: Pakistan: 148 for 1in 9.1 overs (Ali Murtaza (B2) 48 (22), Mohammad Zafar (B1) 48 (18), Mohammad Zohaib (B3) 36 (20)) beat Sri Lanka: 147 for 9 (Deshapriya (B3) 39 (26), S. Chandana (B2) 29 (26), Anees Javed (B2) 3-1-14-3). Pakistan won by 9 wickets. Man of the Match: Anees Javed.
Tomorrow’s fixtures:
At Central College: West Indies vs England (9.30 am), Pakistan vs Nepal (1.30 pm).
At Aditya Global Sports Ground, Bangalore: India vs South Africa (9.30 am), Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (1.30 pm).
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T20 World Cup Day 7

Triple hundred partnerships between Ajay Reddy and Hanuman Pooniya give India biggest win against Nepal
Bangalore, Dec 8th: Stung by the loss against Pakistan in their previous match, India went on a rampage against Nepal to win by a huge margin of 249 runs at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, Bangalore. A triple century partnership (317 off 111 balls) between centurions Ajay Kumar Reddy (128 off 43 balls) and Hanuman Pooniya (120 off 50 balls) sealed the fate of Nepal after India won the toss and elected to bat. The Indians routinely sent the ball scurrying to the ropes with Ajay K Reddy smacking 21 fours and a six, and Hanuman Pooniya hitting 25 four’s. Subhash Bhoya (B1) chipped in with a hurricane 58 off only 18 deliveries. The Nepalese chase was doomed from the beginning with Dilip Munde (B2) grabbing 2 wickets for 8 runs in his 3 overs.
Shekar Naik, the captain, the Indian team is peaking at the right time for important semifinals and the finals with the batsmen in roaring form, especially Prakash Jayaramaiah and Ajay Kumar Reddy. India is expected to have another easy outing against Bangladesh tomorrow who are struggling to strike any kind of form up to now.
Brief Scores: India: 342 for 3 in 20 overs (Ajay Kumar Reddy (B2) 128 (43), Hanuman Pooniya (B3) 120 (50), Subhash Bhoya (B1) 58 (18) beat Nepal: 93 all out in 14.3 overs (Dilip Munde (B2) 3-0-8-3). India won by 249 runs. Man of the Match: Hanuman Pooniya.
Pakistan win by 10 wickets: Unstoppable Pakistan continued its winning vein handing a crushing defeat to Bangladesh by 10 wickets at the Central College grounds, Bangalore. Putting Bangladesh in to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan fielded like tigers and ran out all but one of the batsmen, and Bangladesh ended up at a lowly 91 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs. Pakistani openers took to the chase like a breeze with Ali Murtaza scoring 56 off 21 balls. The fully blind category player Mohammad Ayyaz was adjudged the Man of the Match for hitting a meaty 22 off just 8 balls and helping Pakistan to wrap up the match in just 4.1 overs. Pakistan was led by vice captain Mohammad Jameel (B3) in place of skipper Zeeshan Abbasi (B2) who was indisposed. Pakistan boasts of an all-win record till now while Bangladesh is yet to register a win in the tournament.
Brief Scores: Pakistan: 93 for no loss in 4.1 overs (Ali Murtaza (B2) 56 (21), Mohammad Ayyaz (B1) 22 (08)) beat Bangladesh: 91 for 9 (Badal Kumar Das (B3) 19 (35)). Pakistan won by 10 wickets. Man of the Match: Mohammad Ayyaz (B1).
Big win for Windies: South Africa caved in meekly to the West Indies and lost comprehensively by 10 wickets in the match played at the Central College grounds. Needing 194 to win, the Windies openers, till now overshadowed by other teams, decided to flex their muscles and went on the rampage, overhauling the target without losing any wicket. Halden Forde (B3) hit his way to an unbeaten century with Gregory Stewart at the other end pitching in with a half century. South Africa and Windies were tied at one win each till now but with this win, the Windies are now one up.
Brief Scores: West Indies: 194 for 0 in 14.3 overs (Halden Forde (B3) 105 not out (57), Gregory Stewart (B2) 59 not out (37)) beat South Africa: 193 for 6 (Lawrence R (B2) 57 (42), Sean Schwan B 3 45 (36), Rodney Ramrattan (B3) 4-0-25-2). West Indies won by 10 wickets. Man of the Match: Halden Forde
England defeats Australia: In what was the closest match of the T20 world cup so far, England defeated its arch rival, Australia, by 3 wickets with the match going right down to the wire, at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, Bangalore. Opting to bat first, Australia put up a fighting total of 273 aided by an excellent century by Matt Horsey (127 runs off 57 balls). The match seemed to be evenly balanced with England alternating between aggression and caution, but eventually the century partnership between Matt Dean who scored 95 in 44 balls and Luke Sugg (26 off 20 balls) clinched the game towards England.
Up to this stage of the tournament, England and Australia were more or less at par in their performance having won 2 out of 5 matches and 3 out of 6 matches respectively. But now both the teams have 3 wins apiece.
Brief Scores: England: 274 for 7 in 19.4 overs (Matt Dean (B2) 95 not out (44), 2) Mohammad Khatri (B3) 24 (15), Luke Sugg (B1) 26 (20) beat Australia 273 for 5 (Matt Horsey (B3) 127 (57), Matt McCarthy (B3) 26 not out (15). England won by 3 wickets. Man of the Match: Matt Dean.
Tomorrow’s fixtures:
At Central College grounds, Bangalore: Australia vs South Africa (9.30 am); India vs Bangladesh (1.30 pm).
At Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala: West Indies vs Nepal (9.30 am), Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (1.30 pm).
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T20 World Cup Day 6

Prakash Jayaramaiah’s 3rd ton torments Lankans
Bangalore, December 6, 2012: Continuing his regal form in the T20 world cup, Prakash Jayaramaiah (B2) hammered his third century against Sri Lanka to take India to its fourth consecutive victory today at the Central College Grounds, Bangalore. Put in to bat by Sri Lanka as is the norm by teams winning the toss in the blind cricket format, Prakash waltzed into the Lankan bowling hitting 33 fours in his hurricane knock of 149 off only 54 balls. Ganeshbhai Bushara at the other end pitched in an with an equally aggressive 53 off 22 balls. In reply, the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to put even a semblance of a fight against tight bowling by Ajay Kumar Reddy and Pankaj Bhue and were all out for 132. This is the first time that a team has been bowled out in an innings in this world cup. For the Lankans, this is the first defeat in the world cup but they are still in contention for making the last four.
India next play arch foe Pakistan tomorrow at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala. Both teams are in great form and Prakash Jayaramaiah is peaking at the right moment for India, while Pakistan’s Mohammad Akram is itching to prove himself against the Indians. Indian team coach Patrick Rajkumar said his boys were charged up for this all important match and promised to come hard against Pakistan.
KJP Treasurer and Gen Secretary of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA), S.N. Eswar who presented the Man of the Match Award to Prakash Jayaramaiah promised to support the Bind Cricket in the future and also called upon the fraternity of industrialists to empower the Blind by giving them jobs, while also extending his personal commitment to the same.
Brief Scores: 
India: 300 for 4 (Prakash Jayaramaiah (B3) 149 (54), Ganeshbbhai Bushara (B2) 53 (22), Ajay K Reddy (B2) 29 (19)) MASP Gunawardana (b2) 2 for 46) beat Sri Lanka 132 all out (Karuna Tilaka (B3) 46 (40), Ajay K Reddy (B2) 2 for 24, Pankaj Bhue (B2) 2 for 4). India won by 168 runs. Man of the Match: Prakash Jayaramaiah.
Australia coast to easy win: Mathew McCarthy with the bat (56) and Peter Robinson with the ball (4 for 12) took Australia to an easy win over Nepal defeating them by 9 wickets at the Central College grounds, Bangalore. Opting to bat first, Nepalese batsmen had a tough time coping with Peter Robinson’s pace who grabbed 4 wickets for a measly 12 runs, and ended at 130 for 8.
With this, Australia has two wins under its belt and can hope to better its performance in the coming matches. Initially, it had to pit their wits against the top 3 teams in the fray, viz. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and failed to register a win against any of them. Nepal has a solitary win against its name up to now.

Brief Scores: Australia: 133 for1 in 9.5 overs (Mathew McCarthy (B3) 56 (33), Michael Zannis (B1) 36 (18)) beat Nepal: 130 for 8 in 20 overs (Ramprasad (B2) 37 not out (36), Peter Robinson (B2) 4 for 12). Australia won by 9 wickets. Man of the Match: Peter Robinson.

Windies register first win: West Indies registered their first win of the world cup against Bangladesh at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, defeating them easily by 10 wickets. Captain Michael Durham won the toss and put Bangladesh to bat. The Bangladesh batsmen struggled against fine bowling by Halden Forde and Anthony Cummins who took five wickets between themselves. Eventually they folded up at 81 for 9, which proved to be a walk in the park for the Windies openers who reached the target in 4.5 overs. Bangladesh is yet to win a match in the tournament with two losses and two matches lost to rain.
Brief Scores: West Indies: 82 for no loss in 4.5 overs (Toussaint Gardner( B3) 43 (17), Caneel Graham (B-) 38 (12) beat Bangladesh 81 for 9 (Halden Forde (B-) 3 for 17, Anthony Cummins (b-) 2 for 21). Man of the Match: Halden Forde.

First win for England: England posted its first win the T20 world cup in style at the Aditya Global Sports Ground with Mathew Dean taking the South African bowling to the cleaners hitting a classy 139 in 70 balls. A B2 category player (partially blinded), Dean averaged a strike rate of nearly 2 runs per ball posting a match-winning partnership of 177 runs with Justin Hollingsworth who scored 69 off 41 balls. After South Africa set a target of 266 to England, Luke Sugg (3 for 17) and Mathew Dean (1 for 20) chipped in with the ball to defeat South Africa comprehensively, despite a valiant century partnership of 114 off 66 balls between Sowwabile Bidla (B2) and Jermaine Collins.

Brief Scores: England: 265 for 1 (Mathew Dean (B2) 139 (70), Justin Hollingsworth (B3) 69 (41), Mo Khatri (B1) 24 (10)) beat South Africa: 180 for 6 (Sowwabile Bidla (B2) 75 (46), Jermain Collins (B3)35 not out 35), Christian Lesenbenberg (B2) 23 (11)) Luke Sugg (B3) (3 for 17), Mathew Dean (B2) (1 for 20). England won by 85 runs. Man of the Match: Mathew Dean.
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T20 World Cup Day 5

Prakash Jayaramaiah’s 3rd ton torments Lankans
Bangalore, December 6, 2012: Continuing his regal form in the T20 world cup, Prakash Jayaramaiah (B2) hammered his third century against Sri Lanka to take India to its fourth consecutive victory today at the Central College Grounds, Bangalore. Put in to bat by Sri Lanka as is the norm by teams winning the toss in the blind cricket format, Prakash waltzed into the Lankan bowling hitting 33 fours in his hurricane knock of 149 off only 54 balls. Ganeshbhai Bushara at the other end pitched in an equally aggressive 53 off 22 balls. In reply, the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to put even a semblance of a fight against tight bowling by Ajay Kumar Reddy and Pankaj Bhue and were all out for 132. This is the first time that a team has been bowled out in an innings in this world cup. For the Lankans, this is the first defeat in the world cup but they are still in contention for making the last four.
India next play arch foe Pakistan tomorrow at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala. Both teams are in great form and Prakash Jayaramaiah is peaking at the right moment for India, while Pakistan’s Mohammad Akram is itching to prove himself against the Indians. Indian team coach Patrick Rajkumar said his boys were charged up for this all important match and promised to come hard against Pakistan.
KJP Treasurer and Gen Secretary of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA), S.N. Eswar who presented the Man of the Match Award to Prakash Jayaramaiah promised to support the Bind Cricket in the future and also called upon the fraternity of industrialists to empower the Blind by giving them jobs, while also extending his personal commitment to the same.
Brief Scores: 
India: 300 for 4 (Prakash Jayaramaiah (B3) 149 (54), Ganeshbbhai Bushara (B2) 53 (22), Ajay K Reddy (B2) 29 (19)) MASP Gunawardana (b2) 2 for 46) beat Sri Lanka 132 all out (Karuna Tilaka (B3) 46 (40), Ajay K Reddy (B2) 2 for 24, Pankaj Bhue (B2) 2 for 4). India won by 168 runs. Man of the Match: Prakash Jayaramaiah.
Australia coast to easy win: Mathew McCarthy with the bat (56) and Peter Robinson with the ball (4 for 12) took Australia to an easy win over Nepal defeating them by 9 wickets at the Central College grounds, Bangalore. Opting to bat first, Nepalese batsmen had a tough time coping with Peter Robinson’s pace that grabbed 4 wickets for a measly 12 runs, and ended at 130 for 8.
With this, Australia has two wins under its belt and can hope to better its performance in the coming matches. Initially, it had to pit their wits against the top 3 teams in the fray, viz. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and failed to register a win against any of them. Nepal has a solitary win against its name up to now.
Brief Scores: Australia: 133 for1 in 9.5 overs (Mathew McCarthy (B3) 56 (33), Michael Zannis (B1) 36 (18)) beat Nepal: 130 for 8 in 20 overs (Ramprasad (B2) 37 not out (36), Peter Robinson (B2) 4 for 12). Australia won by 9 wickets. Man of the Match: Peter Robinson.
Windies register first win: West Indies registered their first win of the world cup against Bangladesh at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, defeating them easily by 10 wickets. Captain Michael Durham won the toss and put Bangladesh to bat. The Bangladesh batsmen struggled against fine bowling by Halden Forde and Anthony Cummins who took five wickets between themselves. Eventually they folded up at 81 for 9, which proved to be a walk in the park for the Windies openers who reached the target in 4.5 overs. Bangladesh is yet to win a match in the tournament with two losses and two matches lost to rain.
Brief Scores: West Indies: 82 for no loss in 4.5 overs Toussaint Gardner (B3) 43 (17), Caneel Graham (B-) 38 (12) beat Bangladesh 81 for 9 (Halden Forde (B-) 3 for 17, Anthony Cummins (b-) 2 for 21). Man of the Match: Halden Forde.
First win for England: England posted its first win the T20 world cup in style at the Aditya Global Sports Ground with Mathew Dean taking the South African bowling to the cleaners hitting a classy 139 in 70 balls. A B2 category player (partially blinded), Dean averaged a strike rate of nearly 2 runs per ball posting a match-winning partnership of 177 runs with Justin Hollingsworth who scored 69 off 41 balls. After South Africa set a target of 266 to England, Luke Sugg (3 for 17) and Mathew Dean (1 for 20) chipped in with the ball to defeat South Africa comprehensively, despite a valiant century partnership of 114 off 66 balls between Sowwabile Bidla (B2) and Jermaine Collins.
Brief Scores: England: 265 for 1 (Mathew Dean (B2) 139 (70), Justin Hollingsworth (B3) 69 (41), Mo Khatri (B1) 24 (10)) beat South Africa: 180 for 6 (Sowwabile Bidla (B2) 75 (46), Jermain Collins (B3)35 not out 35), Christian Lesenbenberg (B2) 23 (11)) Luke Sugg (B3) (3 for 17), Mathew Dean (B2) (1 for 20). England won by 85 runs. Man of the Match: Mathew Dean.
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T20 World Cup – Day 4

India thumps Windies
Bangalore, 5th Dec 2012

Indian crushed West Indies in their third outing in the T20 world cup at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala, winning comprehensively by 8 wickets and 9 overs to spare.
Electing to field, India restricted Windies to 158 for 7 wickets thanks to some controlled bowling and sharp fielding and later followed it up with a brilliant partnership between Prakash Jayaramaiah and Venkatesh. Prakash Jayaramaiah scored a whirlwind 125 off 49 balls with 27 hits to fence, following his 173 in the world cup opener against Australia. The target proved to be a cakewalk for the Indian batsman who made mincemeat of the bowling. India next play Sri Lanka tomorrow at Central College grounds.
Brief Scores: 
India: 162 for 2 (Prakash Jayaramaiah (B2) 125 (49) beat West Indies: 158 for 7 (Rodney Ram Rattan (B3) 48 n.o. (38), Lo-Shane Myles (B3) 40 (37), Anthony Cummins (B1) 24 (17) (S Ravi (B1) 2 for 17)
Man of the Match: Prakash Jayaramaiah
Lankans prevail over England in close match
In one of the closest matches played in this world cup up to now, Sri Lanka beat England by 13 runs at the Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala, thanks to some tight fielding by the Lankans. Put to bat, Sri Lanka reached 202, thanks to a century partnership for the third wicket between C Deshapriya (B3) (69) and Chandana Kumara (B1) (35). Deshapriya hit 12 fours and a six in his fluent knock.
For England, half centuries by Matt Dean (B2) (68) and captain Luke Sugg (B3) (54) ran the Lankans close but at the end the Lankans kept their nerve, running out all the 6 wickets to fall.
Brief Scores:
Sri Lanka: 202 for 6 (C Deshapriya (B3) 69 (32), Chandana Kumara (B1) 35 (52), Ravindra (B1) (35 (36) beat England : 189 for 6 (Matt Dean (B2) 68 (41), Luke Sugg (B3) 54 (42)). Sri Lanka won by 13 runs.
Man of the Match: C. Deshapriya
Pak outbat Aussies in 2 overs!

Pakistan continued its winning spree thumping Australia by 10 wickets in a truncated match. Earlier, bad weather at Central College grounds delayed the match and it was reduced to 9 overs a side. Put into bat, Australia managed only 60 for 6 which was hardly sufficient for the strong Pakistani batting lineup. The Pakistani openers Ali Murtaza (B2) and Mohammad Jameel (B3) took just two overs to reach the target without much ado and helped their team to maintain their winning streak. Mohammad Idrees Saleem (B1) was adjudged the man of the match for his controlled bowling.

Brief Scores:
Pakistan: 63 for no loss in 2 overs (Ali Murtaza (B2) 26 (6), Mohammad Jameel (B3) 20 (6)) beat Australia 60 for 6 in 9 overs (Brit Wilson (B2) 23 (22)). Pakistan won by 10 wickets. 
Man of the Match: Mohammad Idrees Saleem (B1)

Match called off: The first match against South Africa and Bangladesh was called off due to wet pitch conditions at the Central College ground and the teams split a point each.
Tomorrow’s fixtures:
At Central College grounds: 
Sri Lanka vs India (9.30 am); Nepal vs Australia (1.30 pm)
At Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala:
Bangladesh vs West Indies (9.30 am); South Africa vs England (1.30 pm).

T20 World Cup Day 3

Pak’s finest hour: 264 in T20!
Bangalore, December 4th 2012- It’s raining records at the T20 World Cup for the Blind. After Ajay K Reddy’s fastest ever ton yesterday for India, it was the turn of Pakistan’s Mohammad Akram to hit a whirlwind 264 in 85 balls and take his team to an invincible total of 366 for 5 wickets. In reply, West Indies was nowhere in the hunt from the word go and ended up at166 for 8, losing by a huge margin of 200 runs.
Studded with 49 fours and 5 sixers, Akram‘s 264 found the fence nearly every second ball he faced, slaughtering the Windies bowling with utter disdain. “It was one of those days when you connect the ball from the first ball and I guess I was in the zone,” Akram said, adding that he would cherish this knock forever. A B3 category player (partially sighted), his all-round stroke play had class written all over it. Akram has also created another world record – of scoring the maximum runs in boundaries and sixers in an innings – a whopping 226 out of 264 overall: Enough to be known as the Chris Gayle of Blind Cricket.

After notching up upwards of 300 runs in all the 3 matches up to now, Pakistan looks the most dangerous side in the world cup. It’s a warning to India, the only other team which has struck similar form in its previous games.
Brief Scores: 
Pakistan: 366 for 5 (Mohammad Akram (B3) 264 (85); Mohammad Zafar (B1) 50 (18); Ali Murtaza (B2) 22 (11)) Bowling: Jason Ricketts (B1) (3 for 37) beat West Indies: 166 for 8 (Lo-Shane Myles (B3) 43 (31); Jason Ricketts (B1) 28 (16) Bowling: Zeeshan Abbasi (B2) (3 for 35). Man of the Match: Mohammad Akram.

Aussies go Down Under against Lankans
A 173-run partnership in 78 balls by Chandana Deshapriya (129 off 52 balls) and Sman Kumara 44 (14balls) helped Sri Lanka to defeat Australia by 7 wickets and with two overs to spare.
Put to bat, Australia started well with a fine opening partnership of 166 runs in 98 balls between centurion Lindsay Heavens (B2) (104 off 58 balls) and Mathew Horsey (B3) (73 in 40 balls) but the target of 234 they set proved to be a few runs short. Another 25-odd runs could have kept them in the hunt. For the Lankans, Saman Kumara’s whirlwind cameo took the match away from Australia.
Brief Scores:
Sri Lanka: 234 for 3 in 18 overs (Chandana Deshapriya (B3) (129 (52) ; Saman Kumara (B1) – 44 (14); Chandana Kumara (B3) – 35 (30); Bowling: Matt McCarthy (B3) 2 for 21) beat Australia: 233 for 5 (Lindsay Heaven (B2) – 104 (58); Mathew Horsey (B3) – 73 (40); Michael Zannis (B1)- 22 (15)). Man of the Match: Chandana Deshapriya.
South Africa trounce Nepal
South Africa had an easy outing against Nepal beating them by190 runs at the Aditya Global Sports Ground. Electing to bat after winning the toss, South Africa put on an impressive 304 losing only 2 wickets in the process. For South Africa, centurions Sonwabile and Desigan Pillay put together a mammoth 226 off only 98 balls, sealing the fate of Nepal. In reply, Nepal found the going tough from the beginning and managed only118 for 4 in 13 overs before rain stopped play. The umpires applied the Duckworth Lewis method and declared South Africa winners. .
Brief score: 
South Africa: 304 for2 (Sonwabile (B2) 128 (68); Desigan Pillay (B3) 104 (50)) beat Nepal: 118 for 4. 
Man of the Match: Sonwabile Bidla
The other match between Bangladesh and England was washed out due to rain at the Central College Grounds and both teams were awarded a point each.
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T20 World Cup Day 2

Ajay Kumar Reddy’s fastest hundred comfortably beats England
Bangalore Central College, 13:30hrs
Bangalore, December 3, 2012- Indian batsmen continued their roaring form with a world record fastest ever century by vice-captain Ajay Kumar Reddy (B3) (131 runs in 48 balls) and captain Shekar Naik (B3) joining the party remaining unbeaten on 134 off 58 balls. The duo together put on a double century partnership putting the English bowlers to the sword with Ajay hammering 27 fours and reaching his ton in only 34 balls, and Naik belting 23 boundaries. India ended their innings at 325 for 3 wickets. The score would have been even bigger but for some fine fielding by the Englishmen.
In reply, England managed only 151 for 7 due to some excellent bowling by Ajay Kumar Reddy and Subash Bhoya (B1). Like in the earlier match against Australia Indians continued to be very agile on the field.
World record maker Ajay Kumar Reddy who played some scintillating drives on either side of the V, said it took a little time for him to get used to the swing and pace of the pitch and after that, he literally took the bowlers to the cleaners. While Ajay’s batting reminded one of Dhoni’s helicopter shots, Shekar Naik excelled in his paddle sweeps. India next play West Indies on Wednesday.
Brief Scores: India: 325 runs for 3 wickets (Shekar Naik 134 n.o. (58); Ajay Kumar Reddy 131 (48)) England: 151 for 7 (Luke Sugg (B3) 48 (17); Hassan Khan (B1) 32 (18); (Ajay Kumar Reddy 2 for 17; Subash Bhoya 2 for 35). Man of the Match: Ajay Kumar Reddy

Easy win for Sri Lanka
Bangalore Central College, 09:30hrs
Sri Lanka rode on a brilliant century by Dimuthu Ravindra (B1) (134 in 64 balls) to hand an easy defeat to Nepal today. Nepal’s decision to put the Lankans to bat first proved a costly mistake as first Ravindra and then Deshapriya (B3) (75 in 38 balls) hammered the Nepalese bowlers posting a strong 314 for 3 in the allotted 20 overs.
The target proved to be very stiff for Nepal whose batsmen were run down with 4 run outs and they lost tamely by178 runs.
Brief Score: Sri Lanka: 314 for 3 (Ravindra 134 (64); Deshapriya 75 (38)) (Aamar Oli (B2) 4-0-55-1); Surya Prasad (B3) (4-0-48-1);
Nepal: 137 for 6 (Ruwan Karunatilak (B3) (4-0-28-1); Sulochana Gunawardana (B2) (2- 0-10-1)

Pakistan hammers South Africa
Aditya Global Sports Ground, 09:30hrs
In the other match, Pakistan handed South Africa a resounding defeat riding on a magnificent ton by Mohammad Zohaib Ghafoor (B3 ) who remained unbeaten on 156 off 52 balls. He was ably supported by Mohammad Jaffer (B1) who also remained not out on 82 off 28 balls and Mohammad Akram (B3) chipping in with 69 off 27 balls. Chasing a huge 358 South African could manage to score only 116 for 7 wickets. Pakistan thus won by a margin of 253 runs – one of the highest ever recorded in the tournament.
Brief scores:
Pakistan: 358 for 2 (Mohammad Zohaib 156 (52); Mohammad Jaffer 82 (28); Mohammad Akram 69 (27); South Africa: 116 for 7 Man of the Match: Mohammad Zohaib

Australia down Windies
Aditya Global Sports Ground, 13:30hrs
After losing to India in the opener Australia returned to its winning ways defeating West Indies by 64 runs. Asked to bat first, Australia scored 239 for 6 aided by a captain’s knock of 60 runs in 37 balls by Mathew Horsey (B3) , apart from useful contribution from Lindsay Heaven (B2) (59 in 50 balls). In reply, West Indies were all out for 174 with some fine bowling by Raymond Moxly (B3) who took 3 for 38.
Brief scores: Australia: 239 for 6 (Mathew Horsey 60 (37); Lindsay Heaven 59 (50); Corrie Heberley (B2) 25 (14). West Indies: 174 all out in 16.5 overs (Gregory Stewart (B2) 27 (15); Raymond Moxly (3 for 38) Man of the Match: Mathew Horsey.
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Day 1 T20 World Cup

Bangalore- 2nd December 2012-India got off to a flyer scoring a mammoth 341 runs for 2 wickets against Australia and then virtually “ran” them out for 126 runs for 8 wickets in the opening match of the T20 World Cup for the Blind at the Central College grounds today.
For the Indians, Karnataka’s Prakash Jayaramaiah (B3) whacked a stroke-filled 173 (76 balls) comprising 33 fours and 2 sixers with solid support from Ajay Kumar Reddy, vice-captain, (B2) (52 (26) and Ketan Patel (B1), 50 (22).
Indians also sizzled in the field with drawing out 5 run outs and one stumping, confirming the team coach Patrick’s confidence in his boys’ fielding abilities. The direct throws from the outfield right on the stumps almost set a lesson for the regular and more famous colleagues. Special mention must be made of the fully blind Subash Bhoya (B1) regularly rattling the timber with his pincer sharp throws.
Clearly rattled by the Indian openers running amok with a double century partnership (206 runs) and piercing the field with their drives and pulls, the Aussies failed to put even a decent fight against tight bowling by Ganesh Bushara (B3) with his clever change of pace and captain Shekar Naik (B3) of Karnataka effecting 3 run outs.
Man of the Match Prakash Jayaramaiah whose idol is not surprisingly Viru, said the ball took a lot of swing and batting was not easy as the runs seemed to flow effortlessly from him. A B2 category player (partially blind), Prakash already has 3 centuries against Pakistan and 2 centuries against England in his name.
India next play England on Tuesday, who lost tamely to Pakistan in the other match played at Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nelamangala. However, Indian coach Patrick feels that on current form, England could be a better opponent than Australia though they started their outing disastrously. “But we are prepared to take them on as our boys are oozing in confidence after their great start to the World Cup.”
Earlier, wicket keeping legend Syed Kirmani called the toss for the opening match and said he was looking forward to see the Indian team lift the world cup.
Pakistan too start in style
In the other match, England elected to field after winning the toss and Pakistan like India did in their opener, raced away to an opening partnership of 216, and closed at 329 runs, losing a solitary wicket. The target proved to be very stiff for England who managed only 163 runs for 7 wickets.
Man of the Match Nissar Ali (B2 category) smashed 153 runs off 65 balls, hitting 26 fours and 2 sixers all over the park.
South Africa’s Johan’s ton in vain
In the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa: SL electing to field after winning the toss, registered a comfortable win with 7 wickets to spare.
Batting first, South Africa’s innings was built on a splendid century by Johan Schroeder (B1) (106) off 66 balls, who was awarded the Man of the Match for his efforts. Incidentally, Johan is the first B1 category (fully blind) player to score a century for South Africa as well as in the world cup. However, the momentum swung Sri Lanka’s way with some tight and controlled bowling by Karuna Tilaka (B3) who took 3 for 47. The Sri Lankan batsmen took to the chase with some fine stroke play from Deshapriya (B3) (48 in 22 balls and later a brilliant cameo of 47 in 15 balls by Samankumara (B1) who reminded one of Sanath Jayasuriya with his fiery drives. Deshapriya too showed a market penchant for his trademark paddle sweep shots.
Nepal win in just 8 overs
Perhaps the most exciting match of the day was Nepal vs Bangladesh with Nepal registering a thumping win in only 8 overs. Batting first, Bangladesh managed 154 for 7 wickets and Nepal chased down the target in a royal way riding on Suryaprasad Bhattari’s (B3) 60 off 27 balls who also pitched in with 2 for 25 with the ball and was adjudged the Man of the Match for his match winning performance.

Brief Scores:
Today’s match results: 
- India beat Australia by 216 runs;
- Pakistan beat England by 167 runs;
- Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by 7 wickets;
- Nepal beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets.
Match highlights:
- India vs Australia:
India: 341 for 2 (Prakash Jayaramiah (B3) 172 (75); Ajay Reddy (B2) (52 (26); Ketan Patel (B1), – – 50 (22). Australia: 126 for 8 (Shekar Naik 3 runouts). 
Pakistan vs England:
Pakistan: 329 for 1 (Nissar Ali (B2) (153 off 65 balls);
England: 163 for 7 (Devon (B2) (41 (35); Mohammad Waqas 2 for 25)
- Sri Lanka vs South Africa:
SL: 243 for 3 (Ravindra (B1) 62 (32); Deshapriya (B3)(48) (22); Samankumara (B1) (47) (15);
SA: 239 for 8 (Johan Schroeder (B1) (106) (66); Sean Schwan (B3) (36) (20); Karuna Tilaka (3 for 47);
- Nepal vs Bangaladesh:
Bangladesh: 154 for 7 Suryaprasad Bhattari (B3) 2 for 25);
Nepal: Suryaprasad Bhattari (B3) 60 (27).
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SBI – T20 World Cup for the Blind is finally here

Stage Set for T-20 World Cup for the Blind, Inauguration Ceremony

December 1st, Bangalore: After months of hype and anticipation the T-20 World Cup for the Blind is poised to emerge from the chrysalis.

The tournament, modeled on the regular T-20 format, is sponsored by the State Bank of India, (our title-principal sponsor) and will have 39 matches starting from December 2nd with the final on Dec 13th. Nine teams from across the world will play against each other and fight for a berth in the two semi-finals (Dec 12) and final (Dec 13).

The nine teams are: India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

The Tournament’s inaugural on December 1 was flagged off with a formal flag hoisting ceremony followed by a march past which saw participation from the Navy & Army forces. Vibrant cultural performances by the Sunadha group enthralled the audiences’with their spectacular performance. Chief Guests presiding included the Mayor of Bangalore Sri Venkatesh Murthy, Sri R. Ashoka, Deputy Chief Minister, PC Mohan, MP, Bangalore Central, Shri Krishna Mohan Trivedi, the GM, Bangalore Circle, State Bank of India, cricket legends BS Chandrasekhar, and Syed Kirmani, who due to health reasons could not make it, sends his best wishes to all the participating nations.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Mahantesh, Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam and the General Secretary of Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) said, “After months of speculation, the final day is finally here. All the teams have practiced with all their heart and soul. I am glad that we have the support of such eminent members from our country to support the T20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind. Also, the tournament involves no tickets; it’s an open show for one and all. We want everyone to rejoice and boost up the morale of all the cricketers participating from the nine different teams across the world. My good wishes to all of them.”

Itinerary of the T-20 World Cup Cricket Tournament for the Blind from 1st to 13th December 2012.
*THE ITINERARY WILL FOLLOW AT A LATER DATE

Ground A- Bangaluru Central College , Bangalore
Ground B- Aditya Global Sports Ground, Nellamangala, MahadevaPura

The names of the final 17 players are available on the website http://www.blindcricket.in

About Samarthanam:

Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled has been working to empower the children and adults with disability and poverty in India. Samarthanam supports the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged to keep in pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training, placement based rehabilitation and achieve personal independence. However the long term focus of Samarthanam is shaping an inclusive society which provides opportunities—without any discrimination—for the development of the visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged people.

Samarthanam would also like to mention and thank their supporters: SBI, Department of Youth Service & Sports, Govt. of Karnataka, ONGC, BMTC, Tata Tea, GAIL, ANZ, Bisleri International, CBM, ICCR, Mövenpick Hotels, Coca Cola, M.S.Ramaiah Hospital, and Tata DOCOMO, to name a few.

BCEW would like to express our thanks to our Indian colleagues for keeping us up to date with the World Cup

England Squad Ready For Blind Cricket World Cup

The England Blind Cricket team are set to fly to India for the Blind Cricket World Cup that starts on 2nd December 2012.

The tour party leave from Heathrow Airport on Monday 26th November, arriving in Bangalore the following morning.

The tournament will be the fourth Blind Cricket World Cup, the first played under the Twenty20 format. England have finished third in all three previous World Cups.

Jimmy Millard is the only player selected for the first time, although both Dave Gavrilovic & Ryan Jones are still uncapped after being unused members of the squad for the 2012 Blind Cricket Ashes. 16 players have been selected with London Metro & Warwickshire Bears each providing 5 players. Luke Sugg, who became the first England Captain from any other club than London Metro when he took charge for the Twenty20 series v Australia after the 2012 Ashes, will continue to captain the side.

As well as doing their best to return home with the trophy the whole England squad will be playing for the memory of their teammate Heindrich Swanepoel who passed away in early October.

The tournament consists of a 9 team group stage, in which England have a run of 7 games in 7 days, with the top 4 teams progressing to the semi finals. The final takes place on December 13th.

The competing nations are: Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka & West Indies.

England Squad
B1s
Amit Amin (London Metro)
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire VICC)
Dave Gavrilovic (Northants Steelbacks)
Hassan Khan (London Metro)
Mahomed Khatri (Warwickshire Bears)

B2s
Rob Comber (Kent VICC)
Gavin Dean (London Metro)
Matt Dean (London Metro)
Ryan Jones (London Metro)
Matt Page (Hampshire VICC)

B3s
Dan Field (Sussex Sharks)
Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears)
James Millard (Sussex Sharks)
Andy Powers (Warwickshire Bears)
Dave Powers (Warwickshire Bears)
Luke Sugg (Captain, Warwickshire Bears)

Management
Head Coach: Chris Porter
Assistant Coach: Bobby Denning
Physio: Fran Clarkson
Team Manager: Martin Dean
ECB National Disability Cricket Manager: Ian Martin
BCEW International Director: Peter Sugg

BCEW Umpire Paul Richardson will also be representing his country as the English representative on the tournament’s umpiring panel.