Monday 10 December 2012 

England And Pakistan Set Up Semi-Final Clash

England And Pakistan Set Up Semi-Final Clash
England And Pakistan Set Up Semi-Final Clash
 

England will meet favourites Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup after both teams won their final group games.

India will play Sri Lanka in the other knockout game following the conclusion of the round robin group stage.

Pakistan will be favourites for the first semi-final as their 10-wicket win over Nepal made it eight wins out of eight, a perfect record.

They also had to deal with the loss of their captain Zeeshan Abbas, who unwittingly drank liquid soap prior to their game against Bangladesh. He has subsequently been treated and released from hospital.

England had to beat the West Indies to go through and prevent rivals Australia from progressing, and they managed to complete a seven-wicket victory.

The West Indies posted 213 for six but thanks to 122 not out from opener Andy Power, England reached their target with three overs to spare to clinch their fourth win in a row following early defeats to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and a washout against Bangladesh.

In the other games, India handed South Africa a 288-run defeat while Sri Lanka thrashed Bangladesh by 248 runs.

Ganesh Bushara (80), Dunna Venkatesh (79) and Hitesh Bhai Patel (72) were in top form with the bat for India before captain Shekar Naik grabbed figures of three for 13.

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