Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup 2011-12 March 29, 2012

Akmal brothers continue Lahore's dominance

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Lahore Lions' strong batting line-up fired to ensure a 48-run victory over Faisalabad Wolves in Rawalpindi that kept Lahore's 100% record in the tournament intact. Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad fired at the top with a 76-run partnership that was dominated by Shehzad, who hit two sixes and six fours in his 48 off 29 balls. The pair departed in quick succession but Umar and Kamran Akmal built on the platform with a 90-run stand. Kamran hit three sixes in his 46 off 31 while Umar scored 57 off 37, with seven fours. The total of 194 was always going to be a stiff ask for Faisalabad. Asif Hussain tok up the challenge and scored a boundary-filled 64 but wickets kept tumbling as Faisalabad tried to cope with the rising asking-rate. Zia-ul-Haq finished with five wickets as Lahore completed a comfortable win.

Iftikhar Ahmed and Riaz Afridi starred with bat and ball respectively in Peshawar Panthers' 31-run win over Karachi Zebras in Rawalpindi. The Panthers, choosing to bat first, were guided by Iftikhar's 77, off 56 balls. He batted till the 18th over, hitting seven fours and three sixes in his knock, setting up his team's score of 158. Anwar Ali and Uzair-ul-Haq took two wickets apiece. The Zebras were jolted by Afridi's early strikes, losing three before the fifth over. Faisal Iqbal and Anwar added an exact 50 for the fourth wicket, but it wasn't enough to sustain the chase. Afridi took two more wickets to end with 4 for 15 off his allotted overs to guide the Panthers to their first win.

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  • JaferChohan on April 1, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    I think that they should give them all a chance. And Kamran Akmal should get another chance but he should work on his keeping.

  • on April 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    umer akmal is the best batsman in the world

  • saabir786 on March 31, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    i fully agree with those comments who are suggesting that kamran,ahmad shehzad and imran nazir should be back especially in t20 becoz pak need match winner in t20 these guys can win u matches single handedly im always a great fan of shehzad just imagine the odi side in world cup.1 shehzad,2 nazir 3.hafeez.4 u akmal,5.laala(afridi),6 Hammad.7 razzaq.8 kamran akmal.9 gul.10.ajmal.11.new young bowler.afridi or hafeez should be the captain of the team. Im indian but im supporting lahore and inshallah they will win

  • on March 30, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    just bring akmal brothers and imran nazir in the team and let the opposition to be feared :D

  • PakPacer on March 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Seriously?! are you guys nuts!? did you forget about the WC?! did you forget the test matches against Australia and England and countless other?! you really want Kamran Akmal back? This is the national team not a club team, another other team in the WORLD even Bangladesh would never give guys the chances Kamrans gotten. Sarfaraz maybe not be as good a batsman as Kamran but he is WAY better a keeper then Kamran and that is what he is on the team for. Having a solid keeper is vital, Kamran does not deserve anymore chances in my opinion.

  • on March 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I wouldn't want to see Kamran in the national side ever. He has done more than enough to be left out forever!!!

  • cricket_pak419 on March 30, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Although all of you guys want Kamran, Imran nazir, and ahmed shehzad back into the team because I do too but there is only oneproblem. Who will you take out to bring in? Everybody is performing including Sarfraz. Now when some player starts giving no preformences we sould look at a player that could do better. An example is Wahab he should be dropped Thats all.

  • on March 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I think now Lahore Lion should go ahaead and win this tournament.The only obstackle to this win shall be Sialkot Satallions.If they can keep Imran Nazeer and Shoaib Malik under contro then there is no reason to why they should not win this Trophy.Kamran Akmal should be given another chance to prove his worth as he is thousand times better than Sarfaraz.

  • NaMalik on March 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Imran Nazir is more BOOM BOOM then Afridi, and Akmal brothers are far more fun to watch when they are batting, BRING THEM BACK PCB

  • on March 30, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Well done keep it up give some tough time to Sialkot stallions plz they r unbeatable champions in last 8 years wining title 6 times so u must show your class too!

  • JaferChohan on April 1, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    I think that they should give them all a chance. And Kamran Akmal should get another chance but he should work on his keeping.

  • on April 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    umer akmal is the best batsman in the world

  • saabir786 on March 31, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    i fully agree with those comments who are suggesting that kamran,ahmad shehzad and imran nazir should be back especially in t20 becoz pak need match winner in t20 these guys can win u matches single handedly im always a great fan of shehzad just imagine the odi side in world cup.1 shehzad,2 nazir 3.hafeez.4 u akmal,5.laala(afridi),6 Hammad.7 razzaq.8 kamran akmal.9 gul.10.ajmal.11.new young bowler.afridi or hafeez should be the captain of the team. Im indian but im supporting lahore and inshallah they will win

  • on March 30, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    just bring akmal brothers and imran nazir in the team and let the opposition to be feared :D

  • PakPacer on March 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Seriously?! are you guys nuts!? did you forget about the WC?! did you forget the test matches against Australia and England and countless other?! you really want Kamran Akmal back? This is the national team not a club team, another other team in the WORLD even Bangladesh would never give guys the chances Kamrans gotten. Sarfaraz maybe not be as good a batsman as Kamran but he is WAY better a keeper then Kamran and that is what he is on the team for. Having a solid keeper is vital, Kamran does not deserve anymore chances in my opinion.

  • on March 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I wouldn't want to see Kamran in the national side ever. He has done more than enough to be left out forever!!!

  • cricket_pak419 on March 30, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Although all of you guys want Kamran, Imran nazir, and ahmed shehzad back into the team because I do too but there is only oneproblem. Who will you take out to bring in? Everybody is performing including Sarfraz. Now when some player starts giving no preformences we sould look at a player that could do better. An example is Wahab he should be dropped Thats all.

  • on March 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I think now Lahore Lion should go ahaead and win this tournament.The only obstackle to this win shall be Sialkot Satallions.If they can keep Imran Nazeer and Shoaib Malik under contro then there is no reason to why they should not win this Trophy.Kamran Akmal should be given another chance to prove his worth as he is thousand times better than Sarfaraz.

  • NaMalik on March 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Imran Nazir is more BOOM BOOM then Afridi, and Akmal brothers are far more fun to watch when they are batting, BRING THEM BACK PCB

  • on March 30, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Well done keep it up give some tough time to Sialkot stallions plz they r unbeatable champions in last 8 years wining title 6 times so u must show your class too!

  • IrfanattariNankana on March 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I agreed with you to bring Kamran Akmal, Ahmad Shehzad and Imran Nazir in the national team. They have ability to improve their performance in ODIs. I wish you all the best. Irfan Pakistan

  • WickyRoy.paklover on March 30, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Go akmal brothrz go. This lahore lions team z better than our pak nationl team

  • on March 30, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Bring kamran akmal, ahmed shahzad, imran nazir these are tipical odi batsmen then pak batting shell be looking really dangrous....

  • mueenhameed on March 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Well done Akmal brothers ....keep it up...I want to see u guys in test match together bringing glories to Pakistan cricket.I believe its right time to make come back in national team for Kamran Akmal. I do believe that K. Akmal's bad patch is over Considering his previous performances 53 test matches 2648 runs, batting ave. 30.79,highest score 158 not out,6 centuries, 12 fifties, ODI 137 matches 2924 runs ave. 27.58 , 5 centuries, 9 fifties. I wish you guys all the best. Mueen ud din Hameed ..Toronto

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  • mueenhameed on March 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Well done Akmal brothers ....keep it up...I want to see u guys in test match together bringing glories to Pakistan cricket.I believe its right time to make come back in national team for Kamran Akmal. I do believe that K. Akmal's bad patch is over Considering his previous performances 53 test matches 2648 runs, batting ave. 30.79,highest score 158 not out,6 centuries, 12 fifties, ODI 137 matches 2924 runs ave. 27.58 , 5 centuries, 9 fifties. I wish you guys all the best. Mueen ud din Hameed ..Toronto

  • on March 30, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Bring kamran akmal, ahmed shahzad, imran nazir these are tipical odi batsmen then pak batting shell be looking really dangrous....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on March 30, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Go akmal brothrz go. This lahore lions team z better than our pak nationl team

  • IrfanattariNankana on March 30, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I agreed with you to bring Kamran Akmal, Ahmad Shehzad and Imran Nazir in the national team. They have ability to improve their performance in ODIs. I wish you all the best. Irfan Pakistan

  • on March 30, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Well done keep it up give some tough time to Sialkot stallions plz they r unbeatable champions in last 8 years wining title 6 times so u must show your class too!

  • NaMalik on March 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Imran Nazir is more BOOM BOOM then Afridi, and Akmal brothers are far more fun to watch when they are batting, BRING THEM BACK PCB

  • on March 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I think now Lahore Lion should go ahaead and win this tournament.The only obstackle to this win shall be Sialkot Satallions.If they can keep Imran Nazeer and Shoaib Malik under contro then there is no reason to why they should not win this Trophy.Kamran Akmal should be given another chance to prove his worth as he is thousand times better than Sarfaraz.

  • cricket_pak419 on March 30, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Although all of you guys want Kamran, Imran nazir, and ahmed shehzad back into the team because I do too but there is only oneproblem. Who will you take out to bring in? Everybody is performing including Sarfraz. Now when some player starts giving no preformences we sould look at a player that could do better. An example is Wahab he should be dropped Thats all.

  • on March 30, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I wouldn't want to see Kamran in the national side ever. He has done more than enough to be left out forever!!!

  • PakPacer on March 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Seriously?! are you guys nuts!? did you forget about the WC?! did you forget the test matches against Australia and England and countless other?! you really want Kamran Akmal back? This is the national team not a club team, another other team in the WORLD even Bangladesh would never give guys the chances Kamrans gotten. Sarfaraz maybe not be as good a batsman as Kamran but he is WAY better a keeper then Kamran and that is what he is on the team for. Having a solid keeper is vital, Kamran does not deserve anymore chances in my opinion.