DAY 13 ROUND-UP – cricket history made and double goalball final delight for Japan
An exciting double-header of cricket finals at Edgbaston Stadium dominated day 13 of the IBSA World Games.
India VI Women went down in folklore as the first ever cricket team to win silverware at the IBSA World Games, after defeating Australia by 9 wickets.
Australia were 114/8 after the allotted 20 overs, but India were set a revised target of 42 due to rain interfering with play, which they chased down in 3.3 overs.
The result was lauded by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, who took to twitter to share the news with his 91 million followers.
Pakistan VI Men and India VI Men took to the famous Edgbaston field afterwards, and it was Pakistan who emerged victors by 8 wickets.
India batted first and recorded a respectable score of 184/3, but Pakistan, who were unbeaten throughout the tournament, chased the target down with just two wickets lost.
In women’s goalball, Japan defeated Brazil 4-3 in a tense semi-final shootout to book their place in the final against China, who came out on top 4-0 versus Canada to make the final two.
Japan Men followed in the women’s footsteps with a close 4-3 victory over Ukraine. With the score at 3-3 for five minutes, but with just 50 seconds to go, Japan’s Sano sealed victory to set up a final clash with South Korea.
In B1 Mens tennis there were quarter final victories for Spain’s Carlos Arbos Ginard, India’s Nibin Mathew, Lithuania’s Karolis Verbliugevicius and Pakistan’s Naqi Rizvi – while Great Britain’s Monica Smith is aiming to come out on top in Sunday’s B1 Women’s final against Italy’s Daniela Pieri.
For a full breakdown of results visit the results section of the IBSA World Games website.