Blind Cricket World Cup, Preview: India all set to take on arch-rival Pakistan in final

Defending champions India will aim to retain Blind Cricket World Cup trophy when they take on arch-rival Pakistan in the summit clash at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Earlier, India continued their rich vein of form as they defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets at the MCC Ground in Ajman to book their place in the finals of the fifth edition of the tournament.

 

Pakistan, on the other hand, had qualified for the finals after thrashing Sri Lanka by 156 runs in the semi-finals of the tournament on Wednesday.

Going into the finals, India have an upper-hand as they had already beaten their arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in the group stages.

 

After opting to bat first, Pakistan had posted a competitive target of 282 for eight in their stipulated 40 overs. In reply, India comfortably chased down the target in just 34.5 overs, with Haryana’s Deepak Malik (B3 – blind level 3) scoring the highest runs of 79 off 71 balls.

India, who are considered as the favourites to retain their title, have remained unbeaten throughout this tournament.

 

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WATCH | Australian Open: World No.1 Simona Halep edges Lauren Davis in marathon thriller

World number one Simona Halep saved three match points before edging an inspired Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a thrilling marathon to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

The Romanian fought back from the brink at 11-10 in the epic final set before serving out for the match on the fourth attempt at Rod Laver Arena.

 

Halep closed out the dramatic contest on the first match point, when Davis, who had gone for broke all match, fired into the tramlines.

Halep will meet the winner of Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka for a place in the quarter-finals.

 

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Simona Halep hits a return against Lauren Davis of the US during their women’s singles third round match on day six of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 20, 2018
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You may soon surf internet mid-air, TRAI gives approval for in-flight Wi-Fi

Fliers may soon be able to get internet services like wi-fi and mobile connectivity on domestic and international flights in India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday recommended that these services should be permitted in flights in India.

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