The Indian women’s blind cricket team won the gold at the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games in Birmingham on August 26. The team defeated Australia by 9 wickets by restricting their opponents to 114/8 in the allotted 20 overs and accomplishing the revised target of 42 in the fourth over.
The Indian women’s team remained undefeated, winning all their league games as blind cricket made its debut in the IBSA World Games.
In Saturday’s match, Australia went off to a poor start after batting first as they lost the first wicket in the 4th over. India picked two wickets in the eighth and ninth overs, reducing Australia to 39/3. While C Lewis and C Webeck supported the Australian innings with a 54-run partnership, India remained focused on picking wickets at regular intervals to restrict the Aussies to 114/8.
The match was interrupted due to rain, and the Indians were given a revised target of 42 runs as per the Duckworth-Lewis method. The women in blue chased down the target in just 3.3 overs with 9 wickets remaining.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the cricket team on winning a gold medal at the IBSA World Games, saying the country beams with pride at their success.