Muneeba Ali upbeat about lifting National Triangular T20 Championship title
PCB Challengers skipper Muneeba Ali is upbeat about their chances of lifting the National Triangular T20 Championship title when they face PCB Dynamites in the final at the Pindi Stadium on Tuesday (December 1).
“Our confidence is high and we are keenly looking forward to the final and lifting the trophy,” Ali told ahead of the final. “It has been a team effort that has helped us dominate the event and I really feel we have it in us to finish the event with the trophy in our hands.”
In four matches, Challengers maintained to keep an all-win record winning two games while their other two matches were abandoned due to rain. They topped the table with six points while Dynamites finished the league stage with five points from four games.
“We have played aggressive cricket and tried to impose ourselves on the opposition which has provided us success. We plan to play the same brand of cricket in the final without adding any extra pressure on ourselves,” added young Ali.
After their first two games ended in no result, Challengers opened their account defeating PCB Blasters by five runs. They defeated Dynamites in their final group game on Sunday by five wickets in a low-scoring contest, which turned out to be a rehearsal for the two finalists.
On the other hand, Dynamites skipper Rameen Shamim admitted that they learned a lot from their last defeat and will bounce back on Tuesday. “We will surely bounce back in the final as we have learned from the defeat against PCB Challengers on Sunday,” Shamim said.
“Our batting did not click in that match as we posted a low total but we still possess enough quality in our ranks to turn the tables on the day, which matters the most.” Dynamites will heavily depend on the batting duo of Nahida Khan (115 runs) and Ayesha Zafar (110 runs), who have been in exceptional form in the tournament.
“Overall, it has been an exciting tournament where we have seen some good performances from our players. Our wicketkeeper has been doing a great job behind the stumps, which has uplifted our fielding unit. We all are focused on winning the trophy and it should be an entertaining final between two quality sides,” Shamim said.
With three wickets each to Saba Nazir and Fatima Sana, the Challengers have their weapons. Sana has been good with the bat too scoring a bulk of runs besides experienced Bismah Maroof who is also having a great time with the willow. Blasters crashed out of the tournament as they failed to win any of their four group matches.