New Delhi, January 31: India registered a comprehensive win against Bangladesh in the opening match of the T20 cricket World Cup for the Blind in New Delhi on Monday. Notably, defending champion India thrashed Bangladesh by 129 runs and started the tournament with a victory which will definitely help Indian team to get more confidence.
India won the toss and elected to bat first, posted a mammoth 279 runs for the loss of just five wickets. In reply, Bangladesh could only muster 150 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Openers Prakash J (96) and Ketan Patel (98) played very aggressively and smashed quick half-centuries for India. In reply, Bangladesh could only muster 150 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Deepak Malik picked up two wickets for India. India will take on the West Indies at Faridabad Nahar Singh Stadium.
On the other side, in the second game of the opening day, arch-rival Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 10 wickets. Sent in to bat, New Zealand scored 112 runs from their 20 overs. Pakistan overwhelmed the target by scoring 117 in just 7.2 overs.
Notably, five matches are scheduled on Tuesday. India will take on the West Indies at Faridabad Nahar Singh Stadium. In other games to be played at different venues in Delhi, Pakistan will face England, Nepal will meet Australia, Bangladesh will play against South Africa, while Sri Lanka pitted against New Zealand.
Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed all the ten participating teams in New Delhi. Extending best wishes to all the sides, he further said that the competition hosted by India will popularise cricket among the visually-handicapped. While the matches are being held in different cities, the final is scheduled to be held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on February 12.