India’s women’s blind cricket team won the historic gold medal, beating Australia in the final
Birmingham, August 26: India’s blind women’s cricket team wrote history on Saturday by winning a gold medal after defeating Australia in the rain final of the 2023 International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games on the back of their scintillating display here.
The Indian women’s blind cricket team has won everyone’s hearts with its stunning display at the World Games. Women In Blue are unbeaten, having won all of their league matches in the tournament.
India restricted Australia to 114/8 in 20 allotted overs and then chased the revised target of 42 in their fourth innings.
Blind cricket made its debut at the IBSA World Games last week with England and Australia playing the first match.
This was the first final in the World Games and India won the final encounter by defeating Australia by 9 wickets.
Opting to bat first, Australia got off to a poor start with the team losing their first wicket on the fourth day. Feeling the pressure of the finals, Australia slowly made their innings, scoring 29 in the power-play.
India picked two wickets in the eighth and ninth overs as it left Australia reeling at 39/3. C. Lewis and C. Webeck next carried out Australia’s innings as they put together a 54-run partnership. However, India returned to the game to pick up wickets at regular intervals which reduced Australia to 109/8. In the end, Down Under managed to score 114/8 in 20 allotted overs.
Chasing a paltry target of 42 runs, India fired all their guns against the Australian bowlers. The Women In Blue never looked out of form as the team chased the target with just 3.3 overs.
In another exciting encounter, the Indian men’s blind cricket team will meet arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the IBSA World Games. Pakistan had beaten India by 18 runs when the two teams began their World Games campaign last week.
India will now look to exact revenge on arch-rivals Pakistan as the two sides meet for the second time in the tournament.
Australia 114/8 in 20 overs lost to India Ladies 43/1 by 9 wickets via DLS method.
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