In what was a dress rehearsal for the final, Nida Dar’s fantastic 93 not out saw PCB Blasters to a two-wicket win over PCB Challengers at the National Stadium on the last day of group matches in the Pakistan Cup Women’s One-Day.
The two teams had already secured berths in the final and will face-off in a day-night contest on Tuesday at the same venue.
All-rounder Nida – later awarded player of the match – rescued Blasters from a paltry two for two in their pursuit of 149. She smashed 13 fours in her undefeated 117-ball stay at the crease and took her side over the line with four overs spare.
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Noreen Yaqub was the other scorer batter in the innings with 50-ball 21, as all other batters failed to enter double-digits. Challengers’ Waheeda Akhtar returned three for 18, while Pakistan pacer Diana Baig and Anoosha Nasir picked up two wickets each.
Javeria Khan’s Challengers were rolled out in 49.3 overs after their captain elected to bat after winning the toss.
Opener Sidra Amin top scored in the innings with 37-ball 19, while her fellow opener Fareeha Mehmood and Saba Nazir scored 18 each.
Nida Dar's 93* set Blasters' win over Challengers
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Blasters’ Samia Malik took three wickets for 27 runs. Omaima Sohail’s off-spin accounted for two batters, while Nida returned one for 18 from 10 overs.
PCB Blasters beat PCB Challengers by two wickets at National Stadium
PCB Challengers 148 all out, 49.3 overs (Saima Malik 3-27; Omaima Sohail 2-33)
PCB Blasters 152-8, 46 overs (Nida Dar 93 not out, Noreen Yaqub 21; Waheeda Akhtar 3-18, Anoosha Nasir 2-21, Diana Baig 2-52)
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Player of the match – Nida Dar (PCB Blasters).