Defending champs India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

Rain put paid to all four warm-up matches scheduled for Wednesday

Rain put paid to all four warm-up matches scheduled for Wednesday

India faced arch-rivals Pakistan in the on-going Blind Cricket World Cup.

West Indies were similar under-achievers at the junior level until a year ago when they notched their first ever U-19 World Cup win. Mohammad Jalil made 90 before he was retired hurt. India refused to travel to Pakistan and thus team's matches were scheduled in UAE. In response, India managed to chase it quite comfortably with seven wickets and five overs to spare.

Mr. David Richardson, the CEO, ICC, Mr. Iftikhar Hamdani, Cluster General Manager Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Syed Sultan Shah Chairman Pakistan Blind Cricket Council were the guests of the occasion and distributed prizes amongst the players. India was set a target of 359 which they completed in 32 overs.

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This change in venue meant that Pakistan were missing five of their players for the match as they were unable to obtain visas in time. In other matches on the opening day to be played here, Bangladesh take on Namibia and Papua New Guinea play Zimbabwe. Haryana boy Deepak Malik (B3) was once again the star performance as he remained unbeaten scoring 79 off 71 Balls, striking eight boundaries.

This will be the 12th edition of the tournament and the third on New Zealand soil.

With this win, India climbed to the top of their group, followed by Pakistan.

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