AJMAN: Pakistan created history in the Blind Cricket World Cup here on Sunday when they posted the highest ever total of 563 in all international cricket for blind while batting against Australia and then crushed the opposition by a massive margin of 394 runs to enter the semi-finals of the mega event.
The semifinal line-up has now been completed with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh leading the points table and qualifying.
Pakistan, by scoring the record-breaking total at the MCC Ground, in fact bettered its own world record score of 517, which they had piled up against South Africa at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town back in December 2010.
After winning the toss on Sunday, Pakistan decided to bat first against a strong Aussie side.
Australia tasted early success when they got the scalp of Pakistan opener Matiullah who was bowled after scoring just 4 runs.
However, thereafter brilliant Amir Ishfaq and ever-reliable Sanaullah tore into the Aussie attack and added a magnificent 300 runs for the second wicket which were a treat to watch.
Sanaullah later got out after scoring a dazzling 143 off just 69 balls but Amir kept on dominating from the other end, and ended up with an elegant double century, the first scored in this World Cup.
He later retired with a fabulous 208 runs to his name, scored off just 95 balls.
Haroon Khan was also amongst the runs and scored a brisk 105 runs off only 58 balls to help Pakistan post a world record total of 563-4 on the board.
In reply Australia were never in the hunt and appeared clearly overawed by the huge score. They were soon bowled out for 169 runs in just 31.5 overs. Stephen Palmer with 71 was the only notable scorer for his side.
Haroon Khan was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with two wickets for 24 runs.
Amir Ishfaq was named man-of-the-match for his brilliant double hundred.
In the second match of the day, India beat Nepal at Eden Garden, Ajman.
Nepal won the toss and elected to bat first but were bowled out for 156 runs in 37.5 overs. In reply, India chased the target of 157 runs in only 15 overs for the loss of 2 wickets.
In the third match of the day, Bangladesh was stunned by Sri Lanka by five wickets.
Bangladesh, batting first, made 291 for the loss of 8 wickets in allotted 40 overs. But Sri Lanka proved too good and chased the target with ease for the loss of five wickets.
On Monday, Pakistan face Sri Lanka while Australia will face Nepal.
Courtesy Dawn, January 15th, 2018