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Blind WI lose 1st W/Cup match

West Indies lost their opening match yesterday in the T20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind at the Aditya Global Sports Complex, Bangalore, India.

West Indies, facing Australia, won the toss and decided to send the Australians in to bat. The Aussies made 239 for six in their alloted 20 overs.

The West Indies in reply reached 174 all out. They will be facing Pakistan today. The Pakistanis are the defending 40 over champions.

Meanhwile, a whirlwind 172 off 75 balls from India's Prakash Jayaramaiah saw the hosts thump Australia by 215 runs at the Central College Grounds on Sunday.

Jayaramaiah, a partially blind player (B2 category), cracked 43 fours and two sixes in his thrilling knock. This is the Karnataka cricketer's first century in a World Cup match, having recorded five centuries - three against Pakistan and two against England – in other international matches before this tournament.

Australia's reply never took off and they lost wickets consistently to some spectacular run-outs from the Indian fielders. Captain Shekar Naik effected three direct hits from the edge of the circle to put the skids on the Australian chase, while an athletic Jayaramaiah contributed once again with a run-out of his own.

At the Aditya Global Sports ground, favorites Pakistan sailed past England by 167 runs to open their campaign in style. Batting first, Pakistan rode on a 65-ball 153 from Nissar Ali to post 329 for one in 20 overs, which proved too much for England.

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