Impressive performances by Javeria Rauf and Anam Amin guided PCB Blasters to their second consecutive win in ongoing National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Tournament after securing a 12-run victory over PCB Challengers at Karachi’s National Stadium on Friday.
PCB Blasters scored a mammoth 155-run target for Bismah Maroof’s Challengers after Blasters’ skipper Ramin Shamim chose to bat after winning the toss.
Pakistan’s international Javeria Rauf smashed a 40-ball 57, hitting eight fours and a six. The right-handed batter first scored 62 runs for the second wicket with opener Ayesha Naseem, who scored 31 runs from 20 balls on the back of three sixes and a four.
Then came Aaliya Riaz at number four, who scripted a 25-run win for PCB Blasters against PCB Dynamites on Thursday, scored 29 off 27. The all-rounder hit four fours.
For Challengers, Fatima Sana picked two wickets for 25 runs, while Aimen Anwar, Aroob Shah, and Saba Nazir took one wicket each. Star-studded Challengers could score 142 for nine in 20 overs in their reply. Muneeba Ali was the top performer who scored a half-century. She scored 50 runs off 36 balls with the help of three shots towards the fence and an equal number of shots for the maximum.
Hafsa Khalid made 24. Only four Challengers’ batters, including Muneeba and Hafsa, managed scores in double-digits.
Anam Amin, the slow left-arm, put a dent in the run-chase by removing Ayesha Zafar (13) earlier in the piece. She picked up three wickets for 14 runs.
Captain Ramin and Tooba Hassan took two wickets each. For their contributions with bat and ball, Javeria and Anam were jointly-declared players of the match.—Agencies