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

Akmal brothers continue Lahore's dominance

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Jafer 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.

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    umer akmal is the best batsman in the world

  • SABIR 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Saood 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!!

  • Bilal 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Naseer 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

  • Dummy4 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!

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