Karachi, Dynamites emerged victorious in the Pakistan Cup Women’s One-Day Cricket Tournament by defeating Challengers by 132 runs in the final.
The highlight of the final was Sidra Nawaz’s unbeaten century for Dynamites and excellent bowling performances by Nashra Sandhu and Ghulam Fatima.
Previously, in the final of the Pakistan Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament played in 2018, Dynamites had defeated Challengers by 190 runs.
Batting first, Dynamites posted a total of 211 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 45 overs. In response, the Challengers team could only manage 79 runs in 28.5 overs before being bowled out.
The toss of the final, played at State Bank Stadium on Sunday, was won by Dynamites’ captain Sidra Ameen, who elected to bat first.
In Dynamites’ innings, after Khadija Chishti got out for 10 runs, Sidra Ameen and Sidra Nawaz added 52 runs together for the second wicket. Sidra Ameen contributed 38 runs with the help of four boundaries before getting dismissed. After her departure, Sidra Nawaz and Aliya Riaz added 65 runs for the third wicket.
Aliya Riaz scored 19 runs with the help of one boundary and one six before getting out.
Sidra Nawaz played an exceptional innings, scoring a century. She remained unbeaten on 103 runs off 112 balls, including 13 boundaries.
From the Challengers’ side, spinner Noreen Yaqoob took 2 wickets for 53 runs, finishing the tournament with a total of 8 wickets.
Challengers started their chase of 212 runs with difficulty. They lost their first wicket early in the innings as Fariha Mahmood got out without scoring any runs. After that, wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Javeria Khan scored 8, captain Aiman Sohail scored 10, and Kainat Hafeez scored 7 runs before the score reached only 54 for the loss of 4 wickets.
Challengers’ hopes were pinned on Javeria Khan, but she was dismissed by Nashra Sandhu for 28 runs. Nashra Sandhu took 4 wickets by conceding only 5 runs in 4.5 overs. She finished the tournament with a total of 11 wickets.
Ghulam Fatima also bowled impressively, taking 3 wickets for 5 runs in her 4 overs. She concluded the tournament with a remarkable tally of 12 wickets.
Due to her century, Sidra Nawaz was named the Player of the Final, while Sidra Ameen won the award for the tournament’s best player. Sidra Ameen scored a total of 269 runs, including two half-centuries.
Dynamites: 211 runs, 6 wickets (45 overs). Sidra Nawaz 103 not out, Sidra Ameen 38, Noreen Yaqoob 2/53.
Challengers: 79 runs all out (28.5 overs). Javeria Khan 28, Nashra Sandhu 4/5, Ghulam Fatima 3/5.