Challengers and Blasters win on opening day of Pakistan Cup

Challengers and Blasters won their respective matches on the opening day of the Pakistan Cup for Women’s One-Day Tournament at the Oval Academy Ground and National Stadium, Karachi on Thursday.

Iram Javed’s 91 helped Challengers outplay Strikers by 150 runs at the Oval Academy Ground. Batting first, Challengers posted 256 for seven in their 50 overs with Iram top scoring with 91 off 66 balls. The right-hander hit six fours and five sixes in her whirlwind knock. Captain Javeria Khan scored 46 while opener Fareeha Mehmood contributed 43 runs.

In reply, Strikers were bowled out for 106 runs in 35.5 overs. Natalia Pervaiz scored 22 while Jaweria Rauf made 15 runs. Waheeda Akhtar, Anoosha Nasir and Syeda Masooma Zahra took two wickets each. Three batters were run out.

Over at the National Stadium in a match reduced to 45 overs per side due to a wet outfield caused by overnight rain, Blasters beat Dynamites by six wickets.

Batting first, Dynamites posted 186 for six. Captain Muneeba Ali scored 62 off 79 balls (five fours), Aliya Riaz contributed an unbeaten 57 off 68 balls (four fours).

Opener Nahida Khan’s unbeaten 90 off 112 balls (seven fours) guided Blasters to a comfortable victory as they chased down the target in the 41st over. Nahida added 89 for the first-wicket with Gul Feroza who scored 30 runs.

For Dynamites, Ghulam Fatima took two wickets for 39 runs.

Scores in Brief:

Challengers beat Strikers by 150 runs

Challengers 256 for 7, 50 overs (Iram Javed 91, Javeria Khan 46, Fareeha Mehmood 43; Natalia Pervaiz 2-41)

Strikers 106 all out, 35.5 overs (Natalia Pervaiz 22, Jaweria Rauf 15; Waheeda Akhtar 2-18, Anoosha Nasir 2-25, Syeda Masooma Zahra 2-33)

Player of the match: Iram Javed (PCB Challengers)

Blasters beat Dynamites by six wickets

Dynamites 186 for 6, 45 overs (Muneeba Ali 62, Aliya Riaz 57 not out; Nida Dar 2-22, Syeda Aroob Shah 2-39)

Blasters 187 for 4, 40.4 overs (Nahida Khan 90 not out, Gul Feroza 30; Ghulam Fatima 2-39)

Player of the match: Nahida Khan (PCB Blasters)

Next matches:

11 September –Dynamites vs Challengers, National Stadium

Blasters vs Strikers, Oval Academy Ground.