Pakistan, England reach Blind World Cup semis

Defending champions Pakistan alongwith England reached the semifinals of the third Cricket World Cup for the Blind on Sunday.

All the three matches scheduled for Sunday were washed out at different venues here with each side being awarded two points. Not a single innings in any of the three matches were completed.

“We decided to award two points to each of the six sides after all the three matches were cancelled due to heavy rains in the city,” said the World Cup tournament director, Syed Sultan Shah.

The matches were already in progress before the rains, accompanied by hailstorm, lashed the capital city at about half past noon.

Holders Pakistan, who have two matches still in hand, have an unbeaten record in the tournament and are at the top of the leaderboard with 17 points. England, after playing five matches, have 16 points to their credit.

Two more teams for the semifinals would be decided afterwards. India, Australia and the West Indies are among the contenders for the semis. India and Australia have 11 points each while the West Indies have featured in four matches and are in contention for the pre-final stages with seven points.

Pakistan, in their match at the Shalimar Cricket Ground, had got off to a blistering start against Sri Lanka and were at the score of 233 by the 27th over before rains halted any further play. Aamir Ashfaq, continuing his fine form, had scored 133 runs.

Similar was the fate of other two matches - Australia vs India at the PAF Ground and England vs New Zealand at F-9 Cricket Ground.

Australia were 100 for seven against India in 16 overs when the match was called off after the inspection of wicket. Dulip and Shekhar Verma had taken two wickets each for the bowling side.

New Zealand, in their match against England, were 46 for the loss of three wickets when rain halted play.
Source:The News

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