December 9, 2002

India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets to register maiden win

Staff Reporter

India have finally registered their maiden win in the 2002 Blind World Cup, notching a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a league match at the CPT-India Pistons Ground, Chennai.

In the morning, Sri Lanka posted 263 all out in 39.4 overs after electing to bat. Captain Chandana Kumara, who made 69, was the only Lankan batsman to make a significant contribution. Mr Extras, who chipped in with 62, was the next best.

When the hosts replied, their two openers L Shekhar Naik (92) and Sushil Gourd (50) ensured a strong start. With No 3 Rajinder Verma also making 54, the Indians cantered to a win 29.1 overs.

The win which fetched them five points (one bonus), then, saw them opening their account in the tournament.

Shekar Naik was deservedly named Man of the Match for his batting efforts.