It was a wonderful atmosphere at Kathmandu, Nepal where for the 1st time Asia Cup for Wheelchair cricket teams was conducted.
Nepal team after being made to bat first at the Tribhundas University International Ground in Nepal registered a total of 140/4 in 20 overs. Opener D Singh top scored for Nepal hitting a solid knock of 66 runs (66 balls) which had 7 boundaries pushing Nepal to a respectable total. From India, it was Parsuram Desale with 1/8 in 4 overs who was the pick of the bowlers while Sanjeev Singh with 1/22 in 4 overs was also impressive.
Indian team chasing 141 did faced initial hiccupts but they had a backup in their middle order in the name of Vishwanath Gurav. Vishwanath Gurav at no.4 went on to play a match winning knock of 50* in just 32 balls (9 fours) as he took on the bowlers with domination shifting the positive momentum towards India with his swashbuckling batting steering India to its first Asia Cup win over Nepal.
“Vishwanath Speaking exclusively with Cricketwale.com shared–It was our first Asia Cup match, the feeling was definately special, the bowlers did a good job and while chasing we lost wickets in between but the wicket was good to bat on and i was confident to chase down the score if i batted till the end as we win our maiden Asia Cup win over Nepal”
Indian Captain Ramesh Sartape also thanked all the people on behalf of the team who supported them to help the team reach where they are. Ramesh said “I would like to thank Helo Advertising who are our Indian team’s sponsor, Omtex Sports for providing us the best kits in the world like any International Cricketer would receieve, Mahim Dargah Trust, Cric-Score for professional live scoring, Shutter for Sports for capturing some historic moments, Fast &up India to keep us recharged, Payyade Sports Club, Mekvahan.com and Disabled Sporting Society of India for showering their faith in us and i promise many more wins ahead” It would become too long to list all our supporters and sponsors but i and the whole team is truly grateful to all of you for supporting us”
- Brief Scores-
- Nepal-140/4 in 20 overs, Digam Singh 66, Bipin 33, Parsuram Desale 1/8, Sanjeev Singh 1/22
- India-142/4 in 16.1 overs, V Gurav 50*, Parsuram D 19, D Magar 1/20
- Result-Indian Wheelchair Team win by 6 wkts
- Man of the Match- Vishwanath Gurav