Sidra steers Dynamites to third straight success

LAHORE-Dynamites captain Sidra Amin made 95 off 100 balls to help her side to their third straight win in the Pakistan Cup Women’s Cricket Tournament as they beat Blasters by 78 runs at the State Bank Ground on Monday. 
The right-hander struck 13 fours and stitched a 130-run partnership for the second wicket with Bismah Maroof, who made 95-ball 65 (hitting two fours and a six). The two came together when Khadija Chishti was out caught and bowled for five by Diana Baig with 23 runs on board. Sidra and Bismah now lead the tournament batting charts with 195 runs at 97.50 and 94 runs at 94, respectively. 
The partnership pushed back Blasters bowlers and propelled Dynamites to 214 for four in 45 overs. Diana and Saba Nazir picked up two wickets each. Blasters were all out for 136 in 37.3 overs as off-spinner Rameen Shamim took three wickets for 25, while Nashra Sundhu, Ghulam Fatima and Maham Manzoor picked up two wickets each. 
Blasters captain Muneeba Ali top-scored with 33 and the second best performance with the bat in the innings came from opener Ayesha Zafar, who made 30. Fatima, the leg-spinner, has the most wickets in the tournament with eight scalps at 7.88. Diana Baig and Aliya Riaz follow her with six and five wickets, respectively. Challengers, who are yet to win a match, will play Blasters on Wednesday. 
Meanwhile, Dynamites’ Bismah Maroof has been fined 20 per cent of match fee for a level 1 breach of the PCB’s Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during her side’s match against Blasters in the ongoing Pakistan Cup Women’s Cricket Tournament 2022-23. Bismah was found to have violated Article 2.8 of the PCB Code of Conduct, which reads as: “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match”. 
The incident happened in the 40th over of Dynamites innings when Bismah showed obvious disappointment over the umpiring decision when she was given out LBW. The charge was imposed by on-field umpires Alay Hyder and Sabahat Rashid. Bismah accepted the charge and the fine was imposed by the match referee Mohammad Anees. 

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