Athapaththu’s ton in vain as Amazons win Women’s League exhibition 2-1

RAWALPINDI: Chamari Athapathtu’s brilliant century went in vain as Amazons beat Super Women by 33 runs in the final match on Saturday to win the Women’s League exhibition contest by 2-1.

Set to chase a massive 219, Athathpathu led a superb fightback for Super Women with an unbeaten 107 from 60 balls, however, Fatima Sana ran through the middle order to steer Amazons to victory.

Right-arm pacer Sana took three wickets, dismissing Sune Luus, Tuba Hasan and Syeda Aroob Shah between 17th and 19th overs to unsettle the opponents’ chase and help her team restrict Super Women to 185/8 in the 20 overs.

Apart from Sri Lanka captain’s heroic efforts, Iram Javed made 35 from 29 balls while the rest of the batting lineup failed to put on any significant resistance.

For Amazons, Sana impressed with brilliant bowling figures of 3/34, while Dani Wyatt took two wickets in exchange for 42 runs. Nashra Sandhi and Anum Amin had a wicket each to their credits.

Earlier skipper Bismah Maroof scored her second consecutive fifty to help Amazons set a massive target.

Amazons piled up 200-plus runs for the second day in a row, surpassing their previous 204-run total on Friday.

Electing to bat first, opener Danii Wyatt once again led the charge at the top before captain Bismah smashed an unbeaten 51 from 36 balls to steer Amzons to 218/6 in the 20 overs.

Wyatt put on a stellar show early on, smashing seven fours and two sixes before perishing inside the powerplay, seven short of another astounding fifty.

Opener Eyman Fatima too joined the party this time and hit four boundaries during her colourful stand of 16-ball 19 but left the crease soon after the lifting of fielding restrictions.

Bismah and Tammy Beaumont then anchored the Amazons’ innings in the middle overs and gathered 67 runs before spinner Tuba Hasan dismissed the English batter in the 14th over.

Beaumont had a cautious knock of 26-ball 39, laced with five fours and a six, while her successor Maia Bouchier made a quick 21 from 10 balls before a slower one from Aiman Anwar knocked her down in the 17th over.

While Bismah remained firm from one end, Tess Flintoff (7) and Aliya Riaz (8) were dismissed cheaply in the death overs.

Fatima Sana, however, played a 17-run cameo from just 7 balls, hitting a couple of fours in each of the last two overs.

For Super Women, Aiman Anwer bagged two wickets while Chamari Athapaththu, Nida Dar, Umme Hani and Tuba Hasan took wickets apiece.