With the second game finished at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi in the first ever edition of blind cricket’s T20 Asia Cup, the Sri Lankan side finds itself victorious by 9 wickets in their match against Bangladesh .
The Bangladesh side won the toss and opted to bat first. B1 batter Mohammad Shahadat Hoossen led his team in scoring with 26 runs from 36 balls. They finished their turn with 129/8 in 20 overs. Suranga Sampath was the highest wicket taker against Bangladesh with 4 overs in 28 runs on 2 wickets.
During Sri Lanka’s turn at bat, the had 130 runs in 13.4 overs. Suranga Sampath showed his dominance on the other side of ball, scoring 56 runs from 38 balls. It was good enough to earn him Man of the Match honors.
The competition was organized by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and Cricket Association for Blind in Kerala. Behind the scenes, organizers have been financially struggling because of a lack of promised government funds and poor fundraising that saw them raise only 15 lakh of the 94 lakhs they required to run the event. While CABI used to have funds to allow them to transport players, they have had to sell most vehicles in their fleet to cover other costs. The result is players are being shuttled around the event using cabs booked online.