Skipper Bismah Maroof led PCB Challengers to National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Championship triumph after beating PCB Blasters by six wickets in the final at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) on Thursday.
In a live-streamed final contest, Bismah charged opponents with the bat and scored 53 runs off 46 balls decorated with five fours.
“It was a good game overall. The pitch was good to bat on and my focus was to go till the end. After we lost two wickets, the way I and Nida controlled brought us back in the game,” said Bismah in a post-match conference after her team lifted the glittering trophy.
Earlier, opener Javeria Khan held her nerves quite tightly and helped PCB Blasters reach 128-7 against Challengers while batting first. Javeria stood firm at one hand and scored 43 runs, a worthy contribution for her team in the final fixture. She played 35 balls and struck five boundaries and two sixes. Sidra Nawaz was the other prominent scorer from Blasters with 20 runs after they decided to bat first.
For Challengers, Saba Nazir bagged two wickets for 22 runs. Fatima Sana, Aiman Anwar, Sadia Iqbal, and Aroob Shah bagged a wicket each.
In reply, Challengers lost two wickets for 34 runs but thereafter Bismah along with Nida Dar did the job for the winning side. Nida scored 30 off 24 balls with the help of four boundaries. They both put 61 runs together on the scoreboard for the third wicket.
Ramin Shamim bagged two wickets for Blasters while Natalia Pervaiz and Anum Amin took a wicket each.
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Ramin, the skipper of Blasters, said that it was unfortunate for their team hat they couldn’t make it through. “I think my team played well throughout the tournament. We were a few runs short but in the end, only one team can win. I would like to congratulate Challengers and Bismah for winning the tournament,” Ramin said in her tournament’s closing comments.
Left-handed batter Muneeba Ali got the man-of-the-match award for scoring the highest 292 runs in five matches at an average of 58.40. Anam Amin remained top-bowler with seven wickets in five matches.
The winning side bagged prize cash of PKR 500,000 while the runners-up pursed cash prize of PKR 250,000.