Birmingham: The Indian women’s blind cricket team created history on Saturday by winning the gold medal by defeating Australia in the rain-curtailed final of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games 2023. The performance has won everyone’s heart. The Women in Blue remained undefeated in the tournament, winning all league games.
India restricted Australia to 114/8 in the allotted 20 overs. Then, chased down a revised target of 42 in the fourth over to win. Blind cricket made its debut at the IBSA World Games last week, with England and Australia playing their first match. It was the first final of the World Games and India won the final by defeating Australia by 9 wickets.
Australia got off to bat first and got off to a bad start. The team lost the first wicket in the fourth over. Seeing the pressure of the final, Australia slowly progressed the innings and scored 29 runs in the power-play.
India took two wickets in the eighth and ninth overs and Australia’s score was 39/3. After this, C. Lewis and C. Webeck shared a 54-run partnership to take Australia’s innings forward.
However, India came back in the game by taking wickets at regular intervals. The Indian team restricted Australia to 109/8. In the end, the Down Under team could only manage 114/8 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
Chasing a revised target of 42, India did not spare the Australian bowlers. The Women in Blue never looked out of form and the team chased down the target in just 3.3 overs.
Brief Score :-
Australia 114/8 in 20 overs
India 43/1 in 3.3 overs (via DLS method)