Bismah Maroof, Fatima Sana shine as PCB Challengers beat PCB Dynamites
In the last encounter against PCB Blasters on Saturday (November 28), Bismah Maroof and Fatima Sana top-scored for PCB Challengers only to fall short by five runs. On Sunday (November 29), the same pair again top-scored for the team but this time in a five-wicket win against the Dynamites in the final league game of the National Triangular T20 Championship.
Chasing, below-par 109 runs to win, Maroof (44 not out) and Sana (31 not out) remained unbeaten to romp home with four balls to spare. The Challengers didn’t have the best of the starts losing opener Sadaf Shams for just a single. Skipper Muneeba Ali was the next giving a simple catch to Kainat Imtiaz off Rameen Shamim (1/21).
Kaynat Hafeez (six), Ayesha Naseem (four) and Nida Dar (one) all perished for single digits before Maroof and Sana came together for a 59-run sixth-wicket partnership to make a place in the final. Imtiaz (2/15) was the pick of the bowlers for Dynamites while Diana Baig (1/23) and Nashra Sandhu (1/20) also took a wicket apiece.
Earlier, opting to field first, Challengers bowlers made full use of the conditions with Sana (2/24), Saba Nazir (2/22), Dar (2/26) and Aimen Anwar (2/24) taking two wickets apiece. Nahida Khan (26) was the top scorer for Dynamites. The Dynamites will once again clash with Challengers in the final on December 1 owing to their top-two finish after the league stage.
Meanwhile, PCB Blasters have been fined PKR10,000 for maintaining a slow over-rate during their match against PCB Challengers on Saturday. Blasters were one over short of their target after taking into account time allowances and, as such, were charged under Article 2.22 of the PCB’s Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel that deals with minimum over-rate offences.
On-field umpires Abdul Muqeet and Humaira Farah levelled the charge. Blasters captain Aliya Riaz pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Saman Zulfiqar.
Brief scores: PCB Dynamites 108/9 in 20 overs (Nahida Khan 26; Saba Nazir 2/22, Fatima Sana 2/24) lost to PCB Challengers 111/5 in 19.2 overs (Bismah Maroof 44*, Fatima Sana 31*; Kainat Imtiaz 2/15) by five wickets.