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T20 World Cup for Blind: India beat Australia by 128 runs

Kochi: India's run of wins continued unabated as they posted a massive 128-run victory over Australia in the T20 World Cup for Blind at the Rajagiri College here yesterday.

India piled up a huge 272 for no loss in their allotted 20 overs with openers Sunil and Muhammed Farhan hitting an unbeaten ton and an undefeated half-century, respectively.

Sunil smashed 163 not out off 72 deliveries with the help of 29 boundaries, while Farhan hit 53 off 35 balls before being retired hurt.

The opening pair put on an unbroken 199 runs together in 15 overs, which virtually took the game away from the Aussies. Iqbal Jafar then scored a quickfire 30 from 13 balls to take the home team to a comprehensive win.

Chasing a humongous total, Australia were bowled out for 144. India skipper Ajay Kumar Reddy picked up two wickets by giving away only 11 runs in 3.3 overs. In other crucial encounters at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, England beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets.

Batting first Bangladesh scored 214-5 with opener Md Abdul Malek and Tanzjlur Rahman scoring 51 of 26 and 56 of 36 respectively. England wrapped up the match in 18 overs with opener Matthew James Page scoring 54 of 31 balls.

Brief scores

India 272-0 in 20 overs (Sunil 163*, M Farhan 53) beat Australia 144 in 18.3 overs (D Pritchard 32, M Cameron 27; A Reddy 2-11) by 128 runs.

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