Challengers crowned Pakistan Cup champions; Strikers secure third place

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Challengers captain Javeria Khan led them to a comfortable 68-run victory against Blasters in the final of the Pakistan Cup on Tuesday (September 21). Strikers secured third place in the play-off match against the Dynamites.

After losing Sidra Amin early, Javeria Khan walked in at number three, joining Fareeha Mehmood in the middle. Though the latter got out shortly after, Khan kept the innings going for the Challengers. 

Iram Javed, Dua Majid and Najiha Alvi fell at regular intervals, leaving Khan stranded at one end. With Diana Baig, she struck a partnership, taking the Challengers past the 200-run mark. Khan was run out for 87 runs from 128 balls. Challengers finished with 210 for eight by the end of the innings. 

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After scoring 25 runs with the bat, Baig rattled the Blasters top-order. She sent both their openers back to the pavilion. Omaima Sohail and Sidran Nawaz tried to build a partnership, Anoosha Nasir dismissed them both in their 30s, and the rest of the batting line-up fell like a pack of cards. The Blasters were bundled out for 142 in 42.5 overs. Majid took three wickets for 29 runs in her nine overs.

In the third place pay-off, Strikers opted to bowl after winning the toss. Dynamites’ opener Muneeba Ali got out early to Natalia Pervaiz for a nought. Sadaf Shamas and Kainat Hafeez tried to rebuild, but Umm-e- Hani ran through the middle-order, reducing them to 68 for five.

Skipper Aliya Riaz joined Nashra Sandhu to revive the Dynamites’ inning. The duo added 92 runs for th sixth wicket, helping the team get to a competitive total. Riaz completed her century before getting run out by Asma Amin. She made 101 runs from 113, as the Dynamites finished with 198 for eight in 50 overs. 

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Chasing four runs per over, Jaweria Rauf and Ayesha Zafar started well for the Strikers. They added 46 runs for the first wicket, providing a solid platform for the other batters to capitalise. 

Hafsa Khalid held the fort at one end, scoring an unbeaten 64 from 110 balls. The Strikers chased down the target in 47 overs with five wickets to spare. Ghulam Fatima was the pick of the bowler for the Dynamites, taking two wickets for 25 runs. 

Brief Scores:

Challengers 210/8 in 50 overs (Javeria Khan 87; Saima Malik 2/24) beat Blasters 142/10 in 42.5 overs (Omaima Sohail 38; Sua Majid 3/29) by 68 runs.

Dynamites 198/8 in 50 overs (Aliya Riaz 101; Umm-e0 Hani 3/27) lost to Strikers 204/5 in 47 overs (Hafsa Khalid 64; Ghulam Fatima 2/25) by five wickets.