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Andhra Pradesh reign supreme in the final of the IndusInd Bank Nagesh Trophy

Bengaluru: Andhra Pradesh won the toss and as well the IndusInd Bank Nagesh Trophy National T20 Tournament for the Blind 2019-20 organised by CABI (Cricket Association for the Blind in India) and Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.

Andhra Pradesh won the toss and decided to take field first in the finals against Karnataka on Tuesday at Chinnaswamy stadium. Both the teams are strong in batting line up and overall strategy.

It came as no surprise when Karnataka opener Prakash Jaiyaramaiah laid foundation for big total from the first ball.

Opening pair Jayaramaiah and Lokesh piled up 52 runs in just 4 overs. This helped the team cross 100 in 9.2 overs with unbelievable run rate of over 11 runs.

Main spotlight of the Karnataka was taken by Lokesh. He demonstrated reverse sweep, which even mainstream cricketers fail to connect often.

Lokesh hit 50 runs in 39 balls. He remained unbeaten with 68 runs to his credit.

In a captain’s knock Sunil R cobbled up 44 runs in 22 balls. However, Karnataka fell short of scoring 200 runs. In 20 overs the team scored 197 for the loss of 6 wickets. There were 18 fours in Karnataka innings.

Andhra Pradesh began its chase on a cautious note. It seemed so in first few balls. But the floodgates of runs started with four byes. Then the first over fetched 16 runs.

AP maintained a run rate of 13 and above in the first four overs, helping it to match Karnataka's tempo by scoring 50 runs in 4 overs.

First wicket of AP was lost at 76 runs after a good start.

Big hitter Venkateshwara was out first as he was stumped by Prakash Jayaramaiah and Basappa being the bowler. He scored 49 runs.

Maintaining a run rate of 11 plus throughout their innings (11.4 being precise figure), AP won the finals and claimed IndusInd Bank Nagesh Trophy National T20 Tournament for the Blind 2019-20.

And the win came on a no ball. The win was emphatic as the AP won the finals by 8 wickets in 17 overs.

AP got prize money of Rs 1 lakh and runners up Karnataka received Rs 75000.

Two semi-finalists Haryana and Maharashtra were given Rs 40000 each.

IndusInd Bank Nagesh Trophy National T20 Tournament for the Blind 2019-20 was given to AP captain D Venkateshwara Rao by KSCA president Roger Binny. Another guest of honour Rajeev Gowda, MP, assured all help to promote blind cricket in India.

Giving another good news, if it becomes a reality, MS Leelavati, Director in Department For the Empowerment of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens, agreed to seriously pursue the subject of government help to the players of Karnataka, which was raised by Mahantesh GK, president of CABI and Samarthanam Trust. His proposal is to give financial incentive or employment to Karnataka blind cricketers in order to encourage them to continue to play and represent Indian team. Similar schemes are prevalent in Kerala and Haryana.

During the match, what could not be missed was the group of girls standing in a disciplined manner at the boundary ropes. They were the boundary ball collection team and the members were girl volunteers from an inclusive school run by Samarthanam Trust.

Players of the series in three categories:

B1 category: Rohit Sharma from Jammu and Kashmir

B2 category: Ajay Reddy from Andhra Pradesh

B3 category: Sunil Ramesh from Karnataka

Scores:

Karnataka: 197 for 6 wickets (Lokesh 68, Sunil R 44, Prakash 36; Venkatesh 30/2, Durgarao 40/1)

Andhra Pradesh: 198 for 2 wickets in 17 overs (ThandavaKrishna 62, D Venkateshwara Rao 49. Ajakumar 47; Basappa 40/1)


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