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Brave England fall to India defeat

30th November 2014

Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England lost by eight wickets to Twenty20 World Champions India, who were inspired by an unbeaten century from Prakasha Jayaramaiah, in their second Blind World Cup game.

Jayaramaiah, whose 136 not out occupied 81 balls and contained 21 fours, and Ketanbhai Babughai Patel added 207 for the second wicket to set up victory with more than 17 overs to spare.

Patel contributed a 55-delivery 90 to India’s second win in two games following their defeat yesterday of World Cup holders Pakistan, who England face tomorrow.

Wicketkeeper Dan Field was unable to play today after being accidentally hit in the head by a bat while standing up to the stumps in yesterday’s win over hosts South Africa meaning Ryan Jones made his international debut.

The England Blind team displayed their bats before play as part of the #putoutyourbats social media campaign as a mark of respect to Phillip Hughes

England started well enough after losing the toss, captain Matt Dean & Luke Sugg following yesterday’s hundreds with fifties in a total of 259 for nine at Western Province Cricket Club.

Dean made 59 and his vice-captain Sugg 52 but India chipped away at the rest of England’s order, Peter Blueitt the next-highest scorer with 32.

Sugg broke through early in the reply, bowling Ajay Kumar Reddy, before Jayaramaiah and Patel took control.

Mo Khatri’s catch ended their stand but by then India needed just 20 more to win.

Head Coach Ross Hunter reflected: “As a team we’re very disappointed but there’s a huge amount of positives to take from the game.”

Ryan Jones, who made his debut today, said: "Against India we shook them up a bit ... I think we can shake the Pakistanis up as well."

“India have dominated blind cricket along with Pakistan for the last 10 years and today we really put them under pressure, especially with the bat in the first innings, built some real momentum towards the end of the innings to the point that the Indians looked completely frustrated and under pressure.

“We took an early wicket with the ball and just needed one or two more early wickets and things would have looked very different. I think as a group of players it’s actually given us more belief to win the World Cup, which is fantastic.”

Jones, who has been in the England Blind set-up for four years before making his debut today, rates England’s chances against Pakistan tomorrow.

He said: “I think we’ve got a good chance of giving them an upset because today against India we shook them up a bit and they didn’t have a clue what was going on. I think we can shake the Pakistanis up as well.”