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DELHI – India beat confident Pakistan by 9 wickets to win the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.


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Sent into bat, Pakistan scored 198 runs in allotted 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets.

In reply, the host chased the target with the loss of just one wicket. For Pakistan, Badar Munir top scored with 57 runs, while Mohammad Jamil and Amir Ashfaq scored 24 and 20, respectively.

Pakistan, who had been unbeaten in the tournament, had thrashed England by 147 runs in the semifinals, setting up a final date with arch-rivals India in the final.

Badar Munir and Israr Hassan had shone with the bat against England. Both had made tons and piled up 226 runs for the first-wicket partnership.

This is the second time Pakistan faced India in a blind T20 World Championship.

Pakistan not only remained unbeatable and won 10 consecutive matches in this tournament, they also set a world record for highest total posted in a T20 match when it gave West Indies a total of 373 runs for the loss of only four wickets.

In the inaugural edition of the T20 championship, which was held in the same city in 2011, India beat Pakistan by 29 runs.