IBSA World Games: Indian women’s blind cricket team makes history, enters final

The Indian women’s blind cricket team has reached the finals at the IBSA World Games in Birmingham, UK. — IANS

Birmingham, Aug 24 (IANS) The Indian women’s blind cricket team made history on Thursday by becoming the first team to qualify for the final of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games 2023 on the back of their stellar show here.

The Indian women’s team qualified for the final with their third successive victory in the league phase, against Australia on Wednesday night.

Blind cricket made its debut in IBSA World Games last week with England and Australia playing the first match. When the Indian women’s cricket team played their first match of the tournament on August 20, the Women In Blue showed an all-round display of talent

In their opening match against Australia, India won the game by 8 wickets to kick off their campaign in style. The women’s blind cricket team restricted Australia to 59/6 and they chased down the target quite easily in the end.

In the second match against England, India went all guns blazing and scored 268/2 in the allotted 20 overs with Gangavva H. smashing 117 in 60 balls. England lost the match by 185 runs.

In the third match on Wednesday, India thrashed Australia by 163 runs to continue their dominant display of cricket.

The Indian women’s blind cricket team has qualified for the finals and the title showdown will be played on Saturday. Before the finals, India will play its last league match against England on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the men’s game, India will play the semifinals on Friday. If the Indian team wins the semifinal clash, they will meet Pakistan in the finals of the IBSA World Games 2023.

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