Sri Lanka knocked out of 5th Blind Cricket World Cup
The 5th Blind Cricket World Cup semi finals were held yesterday in Dubai.
India and Pakistan made their way to the finale after beating Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their respective semi-finals.
The match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was held in Abu Dhabi yesterday. the Sri Lankan skipper won the toss and elected to field first.
Basar Muneer and Mohommad Rashid opened the batting for Pakistan and they put together a perfect platform for the Pakistanis' to post a big total. Their partnership of 160 included a brisk 72 from Muneer who was unfortunately run out. Mohommad Rayzath who came in at first drop kept up the tempo and together with Raashid he took Pakistan to 245 in just 24 overs.
Towards the final few overs, set batsman Rashid, cut loose and cruised his way to a brilliant 139, while on the other end Nizar Ali made a quick fire 99 to propel Pakistan to a massive total of 489 in their 40 overs. With the ball for the Lions, Chandana Kumara and Dimuthu Ravindra picked up 2 wickets each and the innings included 5 run outs.
With a massive target of 490 ahead of them, Sri Lanka had their backs to the wall. Skipper Chandana Deshapriya once again played a captain's knock of 102 runs, which included 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. Middle order batsman, Saman Thushara and Ruwan Wasantha scored 45 and 40* respectively.
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Sri Lanka could only manage 337 for the loss of 7 wickets, which gave Pakistan a comprehensive win by 152 runs and a spot in the finals. Sri Lanka had to settle down for 3rd spot and the team will return to Sri Lanka on the 21st Sunday.The finals will be held on the 20th in Sharjah between Pakistan and India.
Man of the Match: Mohommad Rashid Most Valuable Player: Nizar Ali
Pakistan 489/9 (40) Mohommad Rashid 139, Nizar Ali 99, Basar Muneer 72, Chandana Kumara 2/77, Dimuthu Ravindra 2/89
Sri Lanka 337/7 (40) Chandana Deshapriya 102* Saman Thushara 45, Ruwan Wasantha 40*