England seals Semi-final Berth in Blind T20 World Cup

 . Last updated on February 10, 2017, 2:58 PM
England seals Semi-final Berth in Blind T20 World Cup
Luke Sugg, Skipper of England’s specially-abled team, is positive about semifinal matches.


In the ongoing T20 Blind World Cup, England has sealed the semi-final berth. The visually impaired team defeated their West Indies counterparts by six wickets in the match in Bangalore. The team lost three matches previously in their campaigns against India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. However, the team won the following four back to back matches to get into semis. In the last game, the team chased 234 scored by West Indies. In the inning, West Indies batsman Deboya Shim knocked 106 off 61. The stretch had 15 boundaries. In reply, Ed Hossell, Matt Dean and Peter Blueitt steered the chase with strong partnerships.

Hossell scored 64 pairing with Dean and Blueitt. An unbeaten strike of 74 from Blueitt earned him Player of the Match award. The batsmen chased down West Indies’ score before five balls in the match. A fiery inning from Justin Hollingsworth who scored 47 was an imperative boost to the chase. England Captain, Luke Sugg expressed his contention feeling “fantastic.” The team was in a victorious mood and is waiting for the semifinal match. Per Sugg, the team had a good idea of West Indies’ strength in batting and they prepared accordingly. His next attempt will be to lead a successful campaign against Pakistan, which emerged as a much stronger team.

Coach Ross Hunter is satisfied with the team’s performance so far. He said the team fulfilled his expectations and is “really pleased” to reach the knock out stage. He talked about a culture shift in the team trying to play a different brand of cricket. He is positive about batsmen and expected to score near 300 runs in coming matches. Per the coach, the semifinal “will be a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

In the World Cup series, so far, India has been the dominant team. It defeated South Africa and Sri Lanka in the first two matches and is successful to build substantial pressure in the tournament. Batsman Prakash J have been a strong batsman and Babubhai Mundkar emerged as an attacking bowler.

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