India thrash Pakistan by 7 wickets in Blind Cricket World Cup

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India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first at the neutral venue, after the Indian government earlier refused to grant permission to its team to travel to Pakistan over security concerns.

But the player to watch in this group could be 16-year-old off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran, who not only grabbed five for 13 against Pakistan in that final, but also made a sensational entry into senior global cricket grabbing four for 24 against Ireland in Sharjah for a player of the match debut.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Blind Cricket Team manager Zeeshan Abbasi has said that they are ready to face India.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 282/8 (Mohammad Jamil 90 retd hurt) lost to India 285/3 (Deepak Malik 79) by seven wickets.

In reply, India comfortably chased down the target in 34.5 overs. India opener Dhawan top scored in the 2004 edition in Bangladesh with 505 runs, including a 155*.

In the last match, Deepak Malik scored unbeaten 179 runs as India stunned Sri Lanka by six wickets. Five of Pakistan's key players were missing as they failed to obtain visas in time.

The captains of the teams coming through the qualifiers are looking forward to the tournament, which is a stepping stone in the development of all participants - players and match officials.

The plate tournament will run simultaneously but end with the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on January 28.