India enter semifinal

India enter semifinal

A century from Ajay Kumar Reddy coupled with half-centuries from Durga Rao and Venkateswara Rao D propelled India to a massive 152-run over Nepal, while booking their berth in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup cricket for the blind here on Wednesday.

India finished second on the leaderboard behind arch-rivals Pakistan.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat setting up a mammoth 289 in 20 overs. India lost only one wicket with Ajay and Durga having to retire due to injury, after scoring 109 and 53 respectively. Venkateswara contributed an unbeaten 82.

In response, India restricted Nepal to 137 for the loss of five wickets. Ramesh Bahadur Baniya (35) and Bikram Bahadur Rana (25) contributed for Nepal in the chase. 

Brief scores: In Vijayawada: India: 289/1 in 20 overs (Ajay Kumar Reddy 109, Durga Rao 53, Venkateswara Rao D 82 n.o.) bt Nepal: 137/5 in 20 overs (Ramesh Bahadur Baniya 35, Padam Bahadur Badaila 28, Bikram Bahadur Rana 25 n.o.).

In Bengaluru: Pakistan: 373/4 in 20 overs (Muhammad Jamil 100, Riasat Khan 94, Mati Ullah 27, Mohsin Khan 32 n.o., Muhammad Zafar 46 n.o.) bt West Indies: 191/9 in 20 overs (Leroy Orin Phillips 36, Dennal Deboya Shim 59).

Bangladesh: 141/8 in 20 overs (Mohammed Abdul Malek 32, Mahbubul Hasan Emon 33; Dinesh Madhuwantha Herath Mudiyan Sekage 2-18) lt to Sri Lanka: 142/4 (Ruwan Wasantha 33, Kavidu Sahan Kumara Thoma Dura 56 n.o., Dimuthu Ravindra 32 n.o.; Md Faisal 2-18).

New Zealand: 202/7 in 20 overs (BD Wlison 50, DM McCaskill 74) lt to South Africa: 203/1 in 16.5 overs (David Landry 69 n.o., Buhle Bhidla 104).

England: 251/3 in 20.0 overs (Peter Blueitt 98 n.o., Justin Hollingsworth 54, Nathaniel Gerrard Foy 40 n.o.) bt Australia: 193/5 in 20.0 overs (Lindsay David Heaven 57, Steffan Francesco Nero 46, Stephen Leo Palmer 47).

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