On Monday, September 17th, Pakistan’s deaf cricket team defeated the Indian team by 4 wickets in a match held in Dhaka in the ongoing Walton Deaf T20 Tri-Nation Cricket Tournament. This win allows Pakistan to maintain its streak for three consecutive years.
In the past, Pakistan’s deaf cricket team has defeated their rivals by 38 runs and by 101 runs the year before that.
During the match held on Monday, India began by batting and in 20 overs was able to manage 97 runs with 9 of their players having been called out. Two of India’s key scorers, 21-year-old Santosh and 16 years old Manjeet were yet to play.
It was the Pakistani team’s captain Qamar Naveed who took 3 wickets putting Pakistan in the lead. Players Jabbar and Naeem also managed to take 2 wickets each. Another player, Bilal Yousuf also made 18 runs. Majee managed to take another 2 wickets.
When Pakistan took over the batting field, they managed to make 98 runs in less than 19 overs putting them in the lead. After the match, team captain Qamar was also declared the Man of the Match. Not only did he win this title for taking 3 wickets but also because of his exceptional batting and for scoring 38 runs without being defeated.
It is heartening to see the involvement of differently abled people in sports. And it would do mounds for their spirit if and for increased inclusivity in sports if we cheer them on with the same enthusiasm as we do with the national team.
Now that Pakistan has emerged victorious, the final match is set for Friday between Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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