AgencyMUMBAI: Title favourites India lifted the inaugural T20 Physical Disability World Cricket Series after defeating hosts England by 36 runs in the finals here. Opting to bat first, India posted 180 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs in the summit clash which was played at Blackfinch in England on Tuesday. Middle-order batsman Ravinder Shante top-scored with a quick-fire 53 off 34 balls. He hit two fours and four sixes. Opener K D Phanase (36), Sugnesh (33), Vikrant Keni (29) and S Mahendran (33) also chipped in with valuable contributions. In reply England team made only 144 runs for the loss of all wickets thus India team won the match by 36 runs. India then returned to restrict England to 144 for 9 to lay claim to the Trophy. Phanase and S Goyal scalped two wickets each as England lost wickets at regular intervals. BCCI, which had given recognition to the team but refrained from giving any financial assistance, took to twitter to congratulate the achievement of the team which was coached by former Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni. “India defeat England by 36 runs in the final to clinch Physical Disability World Cricket Series 2019,” the BCCI wrote in its handle. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer also congratulated the team. “Hearty congratulations to Indian Physically Disabled cricket team for winning the Physical World Disability World Series 2019 in England yesterday. They beat the host by 36 runs,” tweeted Jaffer. It needs to mention here that two players from J&K namely Wasim Khan and Amir Rather were the part of Indian Team who performed well in the world series and helped India to win the world Cup title, informed Rajesh Gill, former Ranji Player and Honourary President of the J&K PCCA. On this great occasion, J&K Physically Challenged Cricket Association executive members namely Rajesh Gill Hon. President, Satish Gupta and Sukhjinder Singh Directors, Ashish Singh Vice President, Sanjeev Mahajan Sports Advisor, Sham Singh Langey Manager and Nadeem Captain of the J&K PCC Team, senior executive members Sudhir Singh, Saleem Ur Rehman and Madan Kumar conveyed greetings to the whole Indian team for great achievement in the world series by defeating Pakistan in semifinal and England in final. Rajesh Gill informed that two players of J&K were in the Indian squad only because of the J&K Police department and Senior Police Officers specially DGP Dilbag Singh and IGP S.D Singh who always supported the J&K players for providing them platforms at Jammu for showing their cricket skills. The whole J&K Physically Challenged Cricket Association thanked DGP Dilbag Singh and the Police department and hope that the same support for the J&K players in future also.
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