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March 27, 2012
Lahore Lions' bowlers successfully defended 113 against Peshawar Panthers at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, to help their team to a second victory in as many matches. Lahore chose to bat and were off to a disastrous start, losing their top three batsmen for ducks. The middle order batsmen all got off to starts, but none could make more than Abdul Razzaq's 37 or score at a rapid rate. The end of the innings mirrored the start, with Nos. 9-11 out without scoring. Most of the damage for Peshawar was done by the new-ball pair Umar Gul and Waqar Ahmed, who picked up three apiece. But even this target proved too much for Peshawar to knock off: only two batsmen got into double figures and they managed just four boundaries overall in their innings. Even as the Lahore bowlers shared the wickets around, Wahab Riaz was the pick of the lot: he produced the striking figures of 4-2-9-3, as Lahore rolled Peshawar for 79 to secure a 34-run win.
A solid all-round showing by Karachi Zebras helped them to an eight-wicket victory over Faisalabad Wolves. Faisalabad chose to bat and were dented early on by Anwar Ali who removed their openers. None of their other batsmen could really get going either, as they were limited to 119 for 8. The Karachi bowlers shared the wickets around, with Anwar claiming the best figures: 3 for 29. In reply, Karachi were steered by opener Khurram Manzoor. He made an unbeaten 54, and was involved in half-century stands with Rameez Aziz and Hasan Raza, to help his team ease home with 13 balls to spare.
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