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Posted on Dec 06, 08:43PM | UNI
With another bout of explosive batting once again Prakash Jayaramaiah notched up his third century as India beat Sri Lanka by 168 runs for its fourth successive victory in the world cup cricket for blind here today.
Put in to bat by Sri Lanka as is the norm by teams winning the toss in the blind cricket format, Prakash waltzed into the Lankan bowling hitting 33 fours in his hurricane knock of 149 off only 54 balls as India piled up 300 for four. Ganeshbhai Bushara at the other end pitched in an with an equally aggressive 53 off 22 balls.
In reply, the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to put even a semblance of a fight against tight bowling by Ajay Kumar Reddy and Pankaj Bhue and were all out for 132. This is the first time that a team has been bowled out in an innings in this world cup. For the Lankans, this is the second defeat in the world cup for the Lankans but they are still in contention for making the last four.
India next play arch foe Pakistan tomorrow In other encounter Australia coasted to an easy nine wicket win over Nepal. Mathew McCarthy with the bat (56) and Peter Robinson with the ball (4 for 12). Opting to bat first, Nepalese batsmen had a tough time coping with Peter Robinson's pace who grabbed 4 wickets for a measly 12 runs, and ended at 130 for 8.
With this, Australia has two wins under its belt and can hope to better its performance in the coming matches.
Initially, it had to pit their wits against the top 3 teams in the fray, viz. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and failed to register a win against any of them. Nepal has a solitary win against its name up to now.
West Indies registered their first win of the world cup against Bangladesh by 10 wickets. Captain Michael Durham won the toss and put Bangladesh to bat. The Bangladesh batsmen struggled against fine bowling by Halden Forde and Anthony Cummins who took five wickets between themselves. Eventually they folded up at 81 for 9, which proved to be a walk in the park for the Windies openers who reached the target in 4.5 overs. Bangladesh is yet to win a match in the tournament with two losses and two matches lost to rain.