Sidra Ameen, Nahida Khan steal headlines on day two as Aliya Riaz’s effort goes in vain
Aliya Riaz’s half-century went in vain as Dynamites lost to Challengers in a thriller by one on day two of the Pakistan One Day Cup domestic tournament. In the other fixture, Omaima Sohail’s three-fer meant that Blasters emerged victorious against Strikers.
Earlier, Sidra Ameen and Fareeha Mehmood got the Challengers off to a good start. They added 100 runs for the first wicket, with Ameen scoring 70 runs from 96 balls. Skipper Javeria Khan kept the innings going with Iram Javed once both the openers got out.
Javeria made 54 runs from 77 balls while Javed scored a 43-ball 41. Maham Tariq sent both the set batters back to the pavilion. They finished with 253 for four in 50 overs.
Chasing five runs per over, Muneeba Ali and Sadaf Shamas added 76 runs for the opening partnership. Once the duo got out, Riaz took charge of the chase, single-handedly kept the innings going for the Dynamites. Though other batters played a supporting role, they did not play long enough to build a partnership.
When it seemed like Riaz was taking the team home, Saba Nazir dismissed her for 90 runs, and the Dynamites fell short by one run. Nazir was the pick of the bowler, taking three wickets for 56 runs.
Nahida Khan and Gul Feroza started well with the bat for Blasters against Strikers in the other encounter of the day. Nahida made a 74-ball 59, and Feroza scored 45 runs from 83 balls. However, once the openers got out, the Blasters crumbled and went from 114 for one to 195 all out. Hafsa Khalid took four wickets for just 34 runs.
With the ball, the Blasters needed early breakthroughs to keep the game alive, and Nida Dar provided the same. She ran through the Strikers top-order, dismissing Jaweria Rauf and running out Ayesha Zafar and Yusra Amir.
Though Kainat Imtiaz and Ayesha Naseem tried to build a partnership, the Blasters kept pegging away with wickets. The Strikers were all out for 148. Sohail’s three for 20 played a crucial role in handing a comprehensive 47-run win for the Blasters.
Challengers 253/4 in 50 overs (Sidra Ameen 70; Ghulam Fatima 2/35) beat Dynamites 252/8 in 50 overs (Aliya Riaz 90; Saba Nazir 3/56) by one run.
Blasters 195 all out 47.3 overs (Nahida Khan 59; Hafsa Khalid 4/34) beat Strikers 148 all out in 41.4 overs (Ayesha Zafar 33; Omaima Sohail 3/20) by 47 runs.