Faysal Bank T20 Cup, 2013-14 February 12, 2014

Falcons hold nerve in see-saw contest

ESPNcricinfo staff

Junaid Khan bowled a tight last over to help Abbottabad Falcons prevail in a see-saw contest against Lahore Lions in Rawalpindi. Lahore needed nine runs to win in the last over with two wickets in hand, but could only score six runs in the over. Junaid didn't get a wicket, but ensured there were no boundary balls in the last over.

Lahore needed 57 runs to win in the last five overs, but made a dash towards the target in the 17th over as Wahab Riaz hit Khaled Usman for a six and a four. Lahore took 17 runs came in that over and added a further 23 in the next two, but faltered against Junaid.

Lahore had won the toss and opted to field. Aizaz Cheema gave them a good start, striking with the second ball of the innings to dismiss Hammad Ali. But Abbottabad's innings was propped up by an unbeaten half-century from Younis Khan, who held one end together and scripted crucial partnerships. Abbottabad finished at 136 for 4 in their innings.

The win helped Abbottabad overtake Lahore in the group D table. Both teams are tied on points, but Abbottabad have a better net run rate.

Fakhar Zaman scored a 63-ball 86 to guide Karachi Zebras to a five-wicket win over Rawalpindi Rams in Rawalpindi.

Zaman, the left-handed opener, struck 12 fours and a six and was at the crease for the bulk of Karachi's innings as they chased 140. When he was caught behind off Sohail Tanvir, they only needed 17 from 23 balls, with seven wickets in hand. They wobbled a bit, with left-arm seamer Nasir Malik striking twice, but got home in the end with three balls remaining.

Rawalpindi, who elected to bat, were in trouble as fast bowler Tabish Khan struck three times to have them 22 for 3. Umar Amin and Sohail Tanvir rescued them with a 61-run stand for the fourth wicket, before legspinner Shahzaib Ahmed triggered a collapse from 83 for 3 to 106 for 7. It was left to an unbeaten 14-ball 27 from Yasim Murtaza to lift Rawalpindi's score to an eventual 139 for 8, with Tabish coming back to dismiss Mohammad Nawaz with the last ball of the innings.

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  • irfan on February 13, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    junaid khan, probably the best last over bowler currently?

  • Adam on February 13, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Good job Abbottabad Falcons you did your best Lahore Lions Abbottabad Falcons might be at the Champions League 2014 later in september

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    Mr zohiab-tariq both teams through to next round and both has 4 points each so in this case they see head to head result not a run rate i hope u understand wat i mean

  • Daniel on February 12, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    @Zohaib_Tariq I shouldn't worry too much. Two sides progress from each group anyway so the NRR is pretty much irrelevant :)

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    when the points are tied then NRR is not the basis on wich the standings of the teams are decided rather its the head to head match b/w both the teams in group match.......... so bcoz Falcons beat Lions in group match so they stands higer in group table......similar case with krachi dolphins and larkana bulls in group A....hope u understand Zohaib_Tariq

  • Zohaib on February 12, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I was looking at the NRR for Abottabad and Lahore and did'nt understand how Lahore is at Second place ? Online it says Lahore has a NRR of 1.53 where Abottabad's NRR is 1.51, Isn't Lahore's NRR already above Abottabad's ? Given the numbers at points table i did a quick calculation to confirm the NRR where I found that Lahore's NRR should actually be 1.57 which still is way ahead of Abottabad's NRR. Hope somebody catch this mistake and send the deserving team in the next round.

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