Faysal Bank T-20 2012-13, semi-finals December 8, 2012

Shehzad ton takes Lahore to final

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Lahore Lions 211 for 5 (Shehzad 107, Hafeez 65, Hussain 4-23) beat Bahawalpur Stags 160 (Aslam 43, Riaz 3-23, Rasool 3-27) by 51 runs
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Ahmed Shehzad's second T20 ton fired Lahore Lions to the final of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup with a 51-run win against first-timers Bahawalpur Stags at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Shehzad started the match at a rapid pace with a flurry of boundaries and by the time he lost his opening partner, he had scored 39 off 20 balls in a 41-run opening stand. He stayed dominant in a 96-run stand with Mohammad Hafeez and brought up his hundred off 54 balls. Once Shehzad was out, Hafeez lifted up the tempo, taking 24 runs off an Imranullah Aslam's over, and took the team past 200. Kamran Hussain picked up four wickets, three of them in the last over.

Chasing a big target, Bahawalpur were dented by Abdul Razzaq's double-strike in the first over, Hamid Ali and Kashif Siddiq, both falling off their first balls. At the halfway mark, Bahawalpur had lost four wickets and the required rate had shot up to 14.20. As the wickets continued to tumble, the lower order flayed and got some runs, but it was all too late and Bahawalpur were knocked out after making a promising debut in the tournament.

Faisalabad Wolves 122 for 5 (Ali 66*) beat Multan Tigers 120 for 7 (Yasin 46, Ali 2-17) by five wickets
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After being behind for the most part of their chase of 121, Faisalabad accelerated towards the end to complete a five-wicket win against Multan Tigers at the Gaddafi Stadium and qualify for the final. Their 21-year old No. 4 Asif Ali rescued them after they had been reduced to 78 for 5 in the 15th over, and eventually finished the game with an unbeaten 66 off 50 deliveries, with the help of seven fours and two sixes.

After choosing to bat, Multan went slow for most part of their innings. After having lost their openers by the fifth over, Naved Yasin set about steadying the innings with Gulraiz Sadaf, and later with three other batsmen, but played slowly. He lasted till the 19th over, but scored only four boundaries in his run-a-ball knock of 46, as Multan limped to 120 for 7. Of the five bowlers used, only one bowler conceded more than 23 runs - seamer Ehsan Adil.

Faisalabad, in their chase, were slow as well. They lost wickets regularly, and had scored only 46 runs when captain Misbah-ul-Haq was dismissed for a 16-ball 5, in the 11th over. But Ali stuck till the end, reducing the required run-rate by smashing a few needed boundaries and sixes, and took his side to victory in the 19th over.

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  • Stark on December 9, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Misbah, for helping Lahore Lions win!!

    As soon as he came in, there was absolutely no intention of trying to play shots and try to win the game, which allowed the Lions to mount pressure and inevitably, increase the required run rate. I hope Misbah retires from ODI's, after the Ind tour and just concentrates on Test cricket.

  • Shahram on December 9, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Great Game of cricket. The real meaning of T20 is entertainment and Entertainment it was.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Good, Mohammad Hafeez is the greatest player in the world.

  • Ejaz on December 8, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Both ODI and T20 Captains are in the Final. Their teams are good or their captaincy. If Hafeez wins then teams are good, If Misbah wins then it is captaincy.

  • muhammad on December 8, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    wow.... what a great performance by ahmad shehzad.he should be in team for the indian tour.afridi really disappoint me again.selectors should think hamad azam as his replacement

  • Shahram on December 8, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    This is better than Indian Domestic League. I think they call it IPL. The only thing better in Indian Domestic League (IPL) is The Gender of Cheer Leader : )

  • Muhmmad on December 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Surely Lahore lions are gonna win faisal bank t20 cup they have such a strong team.

  • Imran on December 8, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Ahmad shahzad deserves a chance back in t20. I think Lahore lions are gona be champions of this year as they have a very strong side.

    my team for t20 against india would be:

    (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) hafeez (4) Haris Sohail (5) Umar Akmal (6) Kamran Akmal (7) Shaoib malik (8) Anwar ali (9) Gul (10) Ajmal (11) Junaid khan/ wahab riaz

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Awesome Batting & Bowling Performance from Lahore Lions....

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