PCB Dynamites crowned champions of Triangular Cricket Tournament

Maryam Mallick
20 Dec 2018
PCB Dynamites crowned champions of Triangular Cricket Tournament

PCB Dynamites won the Triangular Series. ©Twitter/TheRealPCB

PCB Triangular One Day Women's Cricket Tournament 2018 took place between the 10th and 19th of December. The three participating teams were PCB Dynamites, PCB Blasters and PCB Challengers. It was the Dynamites who were crowned the champions after they defeated the Blasters in the close final.

Between the three teams, there was tough competition during the group stages. The finalists were not decided until the last match, where the winners would advance. PCB Blasters finished at the top of the table, registering three wins in the four matches they played. PCB Dynamites emerged victorious in two matches, while the Challengers came away with only one win. This meant the Challengers were eliminated.

PCB Blasters then took on PCB Dynamites in the final. In the previous encounters between these two sides during the tournament, the Blasters had triumphed on both occasions. However, this time around, PCB Dynamites had learnt from their mistakes.

Batting first, the Dynamites posted a competitive total of 254-6 on the board. Skipper Javeria Khan top-scored with an 83-ball-62. Contributions of 61 from Sidra Ameen, 57 from Omaima Sohail and 49 from Natalia Pervaiz then helped the side reach the total.

In the second innings, Blasters opener Javeria Rauf scored a patient 105-ball-66, while Aliya Riaz kept her team in the running with an 80 off 84 deliveries. Their efforts however, were not enough as they could not keep up with the run rate and ultimately fell 12 runs short.

For leading her side to victory, Khan was adjudged Player-of-the-Match. She showed her class throughout the tournament, finishing with 244 runs to her name. The leading run scorer however was Rauf, who amassed 282 runs in her five innings.

For her all-round brilliance, Riaz was given the Player-of-the-Tournament award. She scored 256 runs for her side, while also claiming nine scalps. She has had a tournament to remember and continues her good form since Pakistan's series against Australia. She is increasingly becoming a valuable asset to the side and will want to continue improving.

Up-and-coming youngster Omaima Sohail also had a decent tournament with the bat, while Natalia Pervaiz's handy 49 may suggest her all-round capabilities that can help shape her into a strong all-rounder for the squad.

Apart from them, Diana Baig had a good tournament, too. She took wickets consistently and claimed the only five-for of the tournament. Experienced international Nida Dar had a memorable tournament as well, putting in impressive performances with both bat and ball.

Overall, the tournament was a good outing for the players. Hopefully, more such tournaments follow so that the players play regularly and stay in rhythm.

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