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    England lose T20 Blind World Cup opener

    England opened their T20 Blind World Cup account with a 95-run loss against Pakistan in Delhi.

    England opened their T20 Blind World Cup account with a 95-run loss as they failed to chase down 294 against Pakistan in Delhi.

    Captain Luke Sugg opted to bowl first after winning the toss and England got the early breakthrough in the fifth over when Ed Hossell dismissed Badar Munir for 20 to leave Pakistan 48 for one.

    The England bowling attack failed to capitalise on the early momentum, however, with Pakistan's Muhammad Akram and Riasat Khan putting on 141 for the second wicket.  

    Matthew Dean eventually broke up the partnership in the 14th when he caught and bowled Akram, who departed for 103.

    Khan went on to make 82 before being run out by Sugg and Pakistan finished on 293 for four from their 20 overs.   

    England struggled to build momentum in their chase, losing three wickets – Dan Field, Nathan Foy and Matthew Dean – in the first eight overs. 

    After also losing Justin Hollingsworth, Matthew Page and Sugg, they failed to keep up with the required rate and closed out the innings on 199 for six.

    Peter Blueitt, who made his international debut during a home Ashes series in 2011, was the pick of England's batsmen – accounting for more than a third of his side's total with an unbeaten 70.

    Blueitt is one of England's B1 (completely blind) players. 

    Sugg and his team-mates will look to bounce back quickly when they face New Zealand in their second group match tomorrow. 

    England Visually Impaired squad

    Luke Sugg – Warwickshire (captain)
    Amin Afshari – Kent
    Peter Blueitt – Yorkshire
    Matthew Dean – London Metro
    Nathan Foy – Warwickshire
    Daniel Field – Sussex
    Justin Hollingsworth – Warwickshire
    Edward Hossell – Somerset
    Rory Hossell – Somerset
    Gareth Jones – London Metro
    Mahomed Khatri – Warwickshire
    Simon Ledwith – Sussex
    James Millard – Sussex
    Matthew Page – London Metro
    Mark Turnham – Warwickshire

    England T20 Blind World Cup group stage fixtures

    31 January 2017 – England v Pakistan (England lose by 95 runs)
    1 February 2017 – England v New Zealand
    2 February 2017 – England v India
    3 February 2017 – England v Sri Lanka
    4 February 2017 – England v South Africa
    5 February 2017 – England v Bangladesh
    7 February 2017 – England v Nepal
    8 February 2017 – England v Australia
    9 February 2017 – England v West Indies

    World Cup knockout fixtures

    11 February 2017 – semi-finals
    12 February 2017 – final

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