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Deaf-ICC World Cup T20 off to a rocking start, 5 countries to fight it out for top honours

The first Deaf-ICC World Cup T20 is off to an exciting start with the first match played between host team India and visitors South Africa at the TERI Grounds in Gurugram.

The title sponsor for the event is Star Sports and is being hosted by the Deaf Cricket Society and organised by the Deaf International Cricket Council (Deaf-ICC).

India won the match thanks to an outstanding performance by Manjeet Kumar who scored 57 runs of 38 balls. Kumar did not stop there and followed it up with two wickets in four overs, giving away just 22 runs.

Helping Kumar at the crease was captain Virender Singh with a brilliant knock of 58 runs of 43 balls.

India won the toss and opted to field. The South Africans scored a formidable 166 in the 20 overs, losing 7 wickets. Dudley Russouw was the star player for South Africa scoring 58 of 38 balls including 4 sixes and 4 fours. The South African team hit the 100 mark in 11.3 overs.

India won the match with 3 balls to spare. Coach Kiran Sane was happy that the game went according to plan,

Our strategy was to win the toss and choose to field so we could take advantage of the moisture on the ground. We got the benefit of that and were able to take a wicket in the first over itself. But, South Africa played very well. They were successful in putting together a good partnership in the middle. Then our spinners came on and we were able to squeeze them and restrict them to 167. When it was our turn to bat, we tried to get off to a good start, - Kiran Sane, Coach Indian deaf cricket team

Coach Sane had a special word of praise for Kumar, Singh and Baroda player Imran Sheikh as well. "Shaikh came on in the middle and scored a massive 24 runs of 8 balls. The match turned from there and we won."

Teams from five countries, are taking part in the seven-day T20 World Cup. Countries participating include Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and South Africa, apart from host India.

In the second match, Sri Lanka took on Australia.

Lankan captain Samanthuwa Wasam made a dashing 61 runs off 42 balls, while Uwaragala Jatunge Asanka Manjula took 5 wickets in 4 overs, giving away just 22 runs. The strong performance enabled the Lankans to comfortably destroy Australia.

Wasam was also well supported on the field by Goyum Shanaka Walgama who made 37 of 28 balls. Lanka, which won the toss, hit the 100 mark in just 11.1 overs and ended the innings with 166 all out in 19.2 overs.

The Australians were clearly overwhelmed by the spin attack of the Lankans, and were all out at 101 in 15.2 overs.

The Man of the match was Manjula, who gave full credit to the Aussies for their performance.

"Australia is very strong team. We started the match with a target of getting 150 runs. We were very happy when we reached 166. The captain's 33 helped a lot. We were able to restrict the Australians to 52 runs with 5 wickets down. We have a very strong spin attack with three spinners that helped a lot."

The tournament will end on 30 November. To track the matches and get detailed analysis, download the Deaf-ICC T20 World Cup 2018 app

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