Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup 2011 June 30, 2011

Rawalpindi and Karachi surge into final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rawalpindi Rams brushed aside Lahore Lions by 47 runs in the first semi-final of the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup in Faisalabad.

Choosing to bat, Rawalpindi put on 186 for 4, on the back of quickfire half-centuries by Jamal Anwar and Sohail Tanvir. Rawalpindi were in a spot of bother at 66 for 3 in the eighth over, but the pair steered them to an imposing total with a 111-run fourth-wicket stand. Lahore were behind in the chase from the outset, losing wickets regularly to be 96 for 9, before a late blitz from Adnan Rasool carried them to 139. Opening bowler Mohammad Rameez and left arm-spinner Raza Hasan were the pick of the Rawalpindi bowlers, picking up two wickets apiece in tight spells.

In the second semi-final, Karachi Dolphins beat Sialkot Stallions in a high-scoring encounter, setting up the final clash against Rawalpindi on Friday.

Batting first, Karachi lost opener Shahzaib Hasan cheaply. There was no success for the bowlers for a while after that though, as Asad Shafiq and Rameez Raja (2) muscled 164 off 13.3 overs at a run-rate of 12.14. Raja, who was striking at 215.55, fell three short of a hundred, but Shafiq batted through, finishing 91 not out off 55 balls. Set a massive 239 for victory, Sialkot lost a couple early before launching an attack. Going at over ten runs per over for much of the innings, they still fell 42 short. They lost wickets at regular intervals in pursuit of quick runs, and were bowled out for 196 with seven balls to spare. Fast bowler Sohail Khan was easily the best of the bowlers, claiming four Sialkot wickets and conceding just 18 off four overs, while all his team-mates went at over 11 runs an over.

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  • saad on July 1, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    love all the games..............and interesting tusal between rameez and adeel malik when he hit adeel for six and said fetch the ball

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    the finds of the tournament for me zain abbas Multan sharjeel khan hyderabad raza hasan pindi rameez raja khi

  • muhammad on July 1, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    i am realy very haapy to see the talent in pakistan, but i dont knw what is selection criteria for selectors while the team, lot of back up is available, no need for misbah, younis and toufeeq umer. give a chance to rameez raja jr, jamal anwar as a wicket keeper and in t20 ali kan from sialkot can be the suitable choice for us. sohail khan is pick of the bowler in this tournament once again, so he must be given a chance

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    congratulations to pindi & karachi, i think players from pindi have very much talent to serve for Pakistan at international level. they have shown their talent and sports man spirit from last 4 and 5 years, only deficiency they have got is experience and star players. they fought very well thorough out the tournament.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Karachi in strong position because all the good players of other teams are playing out of the country.

  • Muhammad on July 1, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    By watching the whole tournament,I can say pakistan has really great back up.we got two or three really good players who can represent pakistan in shorter format of game like sharjeel khan from Hyderabad,ali khan from Sialkot,rameez from Karachi.Sialkot miss a lot their prime bowlers like Muhammad Asif,Rana Naveed who had made them champion for four times.Lahore lost because of over confidence.Shahzeb hassan again proved he is best at domestic level and totally flop at international level.

  • Muhammad Umair on June 30, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    malik, asad and rameez played awsome

  • Stark on June 30, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Karachi are gonna win but I was expecting Lahore to reach the finals but they just don't have a good bowling attack.

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