LAHORE - All-round performance by captain Zaka Ahmad steered Pakistan deaf cricket team to an impressive seven-wicket triumph over arch-rivals India in the Twenty20 Deaf Asia Cup 2015 match played here at the Lahore City Cricket Association (LCCA) ground on Friday.

Indian skipper Imran Sheikh won the toss and opted to bat first. Brilliant bowling by Pakistan bowlers restricted the Indians to 118-7 in the allotted 20 overs. The Indian took a good start as their openers collected 32 runs for the first-wicket partnership, but then defensive approach cost Indrajeet Yadav dearly who lost his wicket at his individual score of 3. Parth Gajjar batted sensibly and he along with Vipul Patel added 35 runs for the second-wicket stand. When Vipul lost his at his individual score of 27, the Indian team was struggling at 77-2.

After the dismissal of Vipul, the wickets of Indian team fell like nine pins as most of their batsmen were sent to the pavilion soon after their arrival and could not reach double figures except captain Imran Sheikh who score 10 runs. After Vipul, the other main contributor for Indian team was Parth Gajjar who slammed 24 runs. For Pakistan, captain Zaka Ahmad remained the most successful bowler who clinched three crucial wickets while M Shakeel chipped in with two and Adnan Ghani and Gohar Usman got one wicket each.

Pakistan responded very well and chased the target of 119 with utmost ease in 15.2 overs for the loss of three wickets. Captain Zaka Ahmad was star of the day as he hammered 34 runs with the help of seven fours. Bilal Yousuf also batted brilliantly and scored 30 runs hitting six boundaries while Nadeem added 26 scoring five fours. Waqas Hassan and Qamar Naveed were playing unbeaten at 10 and 12 runs respectively when they successfully achieved the target. Pakistan captain Zaka Ahmad was declared man of the match for his all-round performance.

The final league match of the event will be played between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka today (Saturday) while the prestigious final will be played between Pakistan and India tomorrow (Sunday) here at the Gaddafi Stadium. The entry for the final will be free for cricket crazy fans who can come and cheer their team in the important final against India.

It was the third consecutive victory of green caps in the third match they have played so far in the mega event. The outstanding and bowling of the national team are key factor behind their winning streak. The credit of their superb performance in the prestigious event goes to sincere efforts of the Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association (PDCA) president, secretary and officials and especially to head coach Nadeem Zafar Gondal who trained the team very hard and enabled them to deliver against any given opponent.

Talking to the reporters, head coach Nadeed said: “My boys are in great form and eager to perfoem exceptionally against any opponent. They are also trained very hard and I hope they will continue giving such brilliant performances, and manage to grab the Asia Cup trophy.”

“Though these players are deaf yet they have some extra qualities which the normal don’t have. They have been performing consecutively in which they had beaten arch-rivals India and also performed well in many major events and won the honours not only for them but also for the country. If their services will be duly recognised by the government and other higher authorities, I promise they will win more and more laurels for the country across the globe.”