England VI beaten in semi

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England Visually Impaired missed out on a place in the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 with a nine-wicket last-four loss to unbeaten Pakistan.

Pakistan, one of the two original favourites along with final opponents India given they both have only full-time professional players, overhauled 181 for nine in 13 overs at Bangalore thanks mainly to Muhammad Akram’s 42-ball 103 not out.

Matt Dean

Matt Dean top-scored for England with 61 - but their total of 181 for nine was not enough as Pakistan overhauled that in 13 overs

Matt Dean top-scored for England, who were heavily beaten by Pakistan in their opening game but won four in a row to reach the last four, with 61 after their opponents won the toss.

Andy Powers was bowled by the first ball of the day but Justin Hollingsworth, who later took an outstanding boundary catch off Rob Comber, and Mohammad Khatri supported Dean until he was run out trying to increase the rate.

In the other semi India beat Sri Lanka by 119 runs on the back of Ajay Reddy’s century. The final is tomorrow.