In a gripping contest at Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas, the Seattle Orcas scripted an exhilarating five-wicket triumph over the Washington Freedom. After restricting the Washington Freedom to 144/7, the Orcas showcased their batting prowess by successfully chasing down the target in 19.4 overs.

Imad Wasim
Imad Wasim guided Seattle Orcas to victory with an unbeaten 43.

Opting to bat first after losing the toss, the Washington Freedom faced early setbacks as Matthew Short (2) and Mukhtar Ahmed (5) fell within the initial three overs. Nevertheless, Andries Gous (28) and Glenn Phillips (20) provided stability, steering the team closer to the 100-run mark before their dismissals. Skipper Moises Henriques (24) played a crucial cameo, but couldn’t prolong his stay at the crease. The Washington Freedom found themselves in trouble with the score at 89/5. However, Akeal Hosein’s unbeaten 33* injected momentum in the final overs, propelling them to 144/7 in 20 overs. Wayne Parnell and Harmeet Singh claimed two wickets each for the Seattle Orcas, while Imad Wasim, Cameron Gannon, and Andrew Tye took one wicket apiece.

As the Orcas commenced their batting innings, Washington Freedom’s Anrich Nortje posed a challenge and eventually dismissed Quinton de Kock (10). Nauman Anwar, on the other hand, built his innings steadily to keep Seattle in the game. However, Shehan Jayasuriya (6) and Heinrich Klaasen (1) departed, putting the Orcas in a precarious situation.

In the 8th over, Imad Wasim partnered with Nauman, absorbing the pressure before accelerating during the midway stage of the chase. Their partnership, yielding 53 runs from 39 deliveries, became the highest of the match, setting the stage for a grand finale. However, Nauman’s excellent knock of 48 came to an end when Dane Piedt dismissed him in the 14th over.

With Seattle requiring 27 runs from the final 3 overs, the responsibility fell on Imad Wasim and Shimron Hetmyer to guide their team to victory. The duo didn’t disappoint, taking the equation to 6 runs from 6 balls. However, Hetmyer’s stumps were shattered by Marco Jansen on the second delivery of the last over. Nonetheless, Shubham Ranjane sealed the deal for the Orcas with back-to-back boundaries, securing the win with two balls to spare.

Final Scores: Seattle Orcas 148/5 (Nauman Anwar 48, Imad Wasim 43, Moises Henriques 1/8) defeated Washington Freedom 144/7 (Akeal Hosein 33, Andries Gous 28, Harmeet Singh 2/24) by five wickets.