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India defeat England to win Physical Disability World Cricket Series

The Indian team defeated England by 36 runs in the final of the Physical Disability World Series 2019 to clinch the trophy.

India defeat England to win Physical Disability World Cricket Series

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Published: 14 Aug 2019 6:35 AM GMT
India defeated hosts England by 36 runs to emerge as the winning team at the T20 Physical Disability World Cricket Series in England, organized by the England & Wales Cricket Board. England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe were the other four nations that participated in the tournament. It was Ravindra Sante from Indian soil who scored a quickfire half-century (53 off 34 balls) to star in India's glory. Batting first in the game, India's 180 for 7 wickets, bolstered by some mesmerising shots at the back end of the innings, ultimately narrowed down England's chances of winning, who surrendered at 144 for 9. India, having won the toss, it was captain Vikrant Keni's call to bat first in the opening innings. Though the Indian side could not fly off to a paddling start, with the Men in Blue losing their first wicket in the very first over. Opener Wasim Khan was removed on a duck by Ben Tyler before skipper Keni (29) forged a partnership with Kunal Phanase (36) to pose a commanding 47-run stand for the second wicket and steady the ship for India. After the duo's departure, Sante put up a valiant effort as he went on to notch up his fifty and bettering India's scoreline depth. He grittily took India to 113 before he was run out off the final ball of the 15th over. Sante's 53-run knockout was laced with two fours and four sixes as he alongside Suganesh Mahendaran (33) helped India post a good total on the board. Liam O'Brien was the star bowler from the English side finishing with remarkable figures of 2/35 in his four overs. Now India had more than doubled their total, with 95 coming off in the last seven overs. The second innings kicked off with India producing a commanding display to edge out England's hopes of bagging the trophy. Opener Angus Brow top-scored for the hosts with a 44-run knock of 32 balls. India's bowling side kept Keni's side ticking over, with no English batsmen managing to put up a fight against the bowlers. Phanase and Sunny Goyat were equally phenomenal guiding India to an easy victory. The Indian team had earlier defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in their final round-robin match to seal a spot in the final of the tournament, while England reached the final after beating Afghanistan in the semi-final.
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