Which country won the 5th edition of Blind Cricket World Cup 2018 by defeating Pakistan in the final by two wickets at Sharjah in UAE?
Defending champions India defeated Pakistan in the fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup tournament. The 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup was held from 8th January 2018 to 20th January 2018 in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Under the captaincy of Ajay Kumar Reddy, India defeated Pakistan by two wickets in the final which was played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. There were six teams which participated in the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup. The teams were Nepal, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Australia, Pakistan and India. Nepal made their first-ever appearance.
The tournament is organized by the World Blind Cricket Council. Pakistan was chosen to be the host nation for the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup. But later United Arab Emirates (UAE) was chosen to be the joint host of the tournament after the Foreign Ministry of India blocked India’s travel to Pakistan. The Cricket Association for the Blind in India and the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council shifted all the Indian matches to United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup was of Group and Knockout format. The cricket format was of 40 overs with each team getting 40 overs each to play. India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first semi-final played on 17th January 2018 at Ajman Oval to reach the finals whereas Pakistan defeated Srilanka by 156 runs in the second semi-final played on 17th January 2018 at Eden garden cricket ground to face India in the finals. The final match of the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup was played on 20th January. Indian captain Ajay Kumar Reddy won the toss and decided to field first. Batting first Pakistan scored 308 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 40 overs. Indian team achieved the target for the loss of eight wickets in 38.2 overs (with ten balls to spare) to clinch the title.