A chanceless knock of 109 not out from Chandana Deshapriya gave Sri Lanka an emphatic nine-wicket victory over South Africa in the T20 World Cup cricket for the blind at Alur Grounds in Bengaluru on Thursday.
The win left Sri Lanka third in the standings and the islanders will face hosts India in the first semifinal at Hyderabad on Friday. The other semi will feature England against Pakistan here on Saturday.
England sealed the final semis berth after a superb chase saw them beat the West Indies by six wickets and leapfrog Bangladesh into fourth.
Dennal Deboya Shim scored 106 to help West Indies reach 232 for four but solid knocks from James Hossell (64) and Peter Blueitt (74 not out) ensured the Englishmen crossed the line with four balls to spare.
Brief scores: South Africa: 178/4 in 20 overs (David Landry 40, Buhle Bhidla 59, Johan Schroeder 50) lt to Sri Lanka: 179/1 (Chandana Deshapriya 109 n.o., Dinesh Nihara 38). Nepal: 315 for no loss in 20 overs (Padam Bahadur Badaila 211 n.o., Sovaram Dangi 53 n.o.) bt New Zealand: 174 all out in 19.1 overs (BD Wilson 72; Sunil Subedi Chhetri 2-32)
Pakistan: 321/3 in 20 overs (Riasat Khan 114 n.o., Mati Ullah 80, Nisar Ali 78) bt Australia: 174/9 in 20 overs (Matthew James Cameron 38; Muhammad Idrees Saleem 3-27, Badar Munir 2-38, Israr Hassan 2-21)
West Indies: 232/4 in 20 overs (Dennal Deboya Shim 106, Lo-Shane Omar Myles 55) lt to England: 233/4 in 19.2 overs (James Hossell 64, Justin Hollingsworth 47, Peter Blueitt 74 n.o.) (Courtesy deccanherald.com)