Javeria Rauf, Anam Amin help PCB Blasters to 12-run victory

LAHORE (City News) – Javeria Rauf and Anam Amin helped PCB Blasters to their second consecutive win in the National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Championship as their side secured a 12-run victory over PCB Challengers at Karachi’s National Stadium on Friday, said an official press release.

In the second match of the three-team tournament, PCB Blasters set a 155-run target for Bismah Maroof-led Challengers after Ramin Shamim chose to bat after winning the toss.

Javeria cracked a 40-ball 57, hitting eight fours and a six. Over the course of her innings, the right-handed batter crafted a 62-run stand for the second wicket with opener Ayesha Naseem, who scored 31 runs from 20 balls on the back of three sixes and a four.

Batting at number four, Aliya Riaz, who set-up a 25-run win for PCB Blasters against PCB Dynamites on Thursday, scored 29 off 27. The all-rounder hit four fours.

For Challengers, Fatima Sana picked two wickets for 25 runs, while Aimen Anwar, Aroob Shah and Saba Nazir took one wicket each.

Challengers managed 142 for nine in 20 overs in their reply.

Muneeba Ali shone with a half-century. The left-handed batter scored 50 runs in 36 balls and smashed three fours and three sixes.

She, however, couldn’t get the desired support from the other end as the next top-scorer, Hafsa Khalid, made 24. Only four batters, including Muneeba and Hafsa, managed scores in double-digits.

Anam Amin, the slow left-arm, put a dent in the run-chase by removing Ayesha Zafar (13) earlier in the piece. She picked up three wickets for 14 runs.

Captain Ramin and Tooba Hassan took two wickets each.

For their contributions with bat and ball, Javeria and Anam were jointly-declared player of the match.

Scores in brief

PCB Blasters: 154-6, 20 overs (Javeria Rauf 57, Ayesha Naseem 31, Aliya Riaz 29; Fatima Sana 2-25)

PCB Challengers: 142-9, 20 overs (Muneeba Ali 50, Hafsa Khalid 24; Anam Amin 3-14, Ramin Shamim 2-23, Tooba Hassan 2-27)

Result: PCB Blasters win by 12 runs

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