Faysal Bank T20 Cup

Ajmal strikes lead Faisalabad to quarter-finals

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February 11, 2014

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Saeed Ajmal bowls at the nets, Dubai, November 3, 2013
File photo - Saeed Ajmal took the wickets of Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir to trigger Lahore's collapse © AFP
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Players/Officials: Abdul Ameer | Fawad Alam | Saeed Ajmal | Ali Waqas
Teams: Pakistan

Group A


Karachi Dolphins eased to a six-wicket win over Sialkot Stallions, but the win was not sufficient to take the team to the quarter-finals. A group-stage loss to Larkana Bulls, who had the same win-loss record, proved costly for Karachi. In spite of their loss, Sialkot qualified for the quarter-finals along with Larkana.

In spite of the stronger batting line-up, Sialkot were restricted to 91 by left-arm pacer Abdul Ameer and left-arm spinner Fawad Alam. Regular strikes prevented partnerships from thriving and the best individual score of the Sialkot innings came from captain Shoaib Malik, who scored 21 off 31. Ameer finished with 4 for 14 in 3.4 overs, while Alam had figures of 3 for 12.

Sialkot had a small chance of challenging Karachi when they reduced the batting side to 30 for 4 in the eighth over. However, Alam and Sheharyar Ghani added an unbeaten 62 for the fifth wicket to take the team to victory in the 18th over.

Group C


Faisalabad Wolves romped to an eight-wicket win over Lahore Eagles, topping Group C in the process. Faisalabad and Islamabad Leopards will now play the quarter-final round.

Opting to bat, Lahore were looking solid at 65 for 1 in the 10th over, but Saeed Ajmal struck in successive overs to dismiss well-set batsmen, Kamran Akmal (30) and Imran Farhat (23). Akmal's wicket began a slide which saw Lahore lose their next seven wickets for 25 runs, to end at 93 for 8. Ajmal ended with figures of 3 for 16, while Asad Ali and Khurram Shehzad took two wickets each.

Faisalabad faced little trouble in their chase as their openers, Farrukh Shehzad (23) and Ali Waqas, added 47. Waqas shared a 45-run partnership for the second wicket with Khurram Shehzad, before the latter fell with the side two runs short of victory. Waqas was unbeaten on 31 off 38 balls, helping his side reach the target with more than six overs to spare.

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Posted by BUKHARI53 on (February 14, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Most of the players in Faisal Bank T20 are from Departments. These players are very influential and selectors are forced to select them in the teams like Lahore, Karachi and other cities/regions. PCB must change this trend and departmental players should not be allowed to represent cities/regions, so that we could see new, young and talented cricketers who are being denied their right to play for their cities/regions, due to these departmental old horses. Pakistani cricket fans are fed up watching them throughout the domestic season.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

this tournament should be enough as chances for kamran akmal and shoiab malik imran nazir etc ( chale hue cartoos) this should be stoped here and this tournament was a major batting failure of all teams ...........

Posted by BUKHARI53 on (February 12, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

There are hundreds of young talented cricketers in all the regions who are participating in Faisal Bank T20. But why instead of bringing new faces in T20, selectors of regions are giving opportunity to those players who represent their departments. If this trend is not changed, I am confident that regional cricket will not improve. Throughout the domestic season we see same old horses who either play for their departments or regions, thereby blocking the way for new young talent to come forward and play for their cities to fulfill their dreams. Please selectors get rid of these departmental cricketers and give fair chance to deserving players of the regions.

Posted by BUKHARI53 on (February 12, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Very disappointed to watch Karachi Dolphins vs Sialkot Stalions. Basit Ali very rightly commented on tv that is there any body to tell these stars like Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan and Khalid Latif how to chase a targe of just 97 in 20 overs. The way these three lost their wickets, it was a miracle that saved Karachi Dolphins from a possible defeat. These stars are in the race for selection in national squads, but look at their approach which will not help them towards their ambition for selection. Be careful in future games, because national selectors and nation is watching them.

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Posted by Cric_fever_notgoingdown on (February 11, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

yeah some intresting matches been played i like it.!!

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (February 11, 2014, 20:20 GMT)

@Zahidsaltin: Pitch and conditions have been difficult in Islamabad/Rawalpindi lately. Coupled with genuinely excellent bowling attacks and you have low scores. But not low standard. Don't confuse the two.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

imran nazir ?? it was imran farhat

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

imran nazir doesnt play for lahore

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

it tells you the quality of Pakistani Bowlers Zahid!! -_-

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 11, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Look at the scores and that many of the teams can't even bat for 20 overs. It tells the state Pakistan cricket is in.

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