Faysal Bank T20 Cup February 13, 2014

Islamabad, Lahore Lions stroll into semis

ESPNcricinfo staff

Islamabad Leopards strolled into the semi-finals of the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup with a seven-wicket win over Sialkot Stallions.

An average batting performance from Sialkot, who lost wickets in clusters, was one of the key factors in their loss. After being put in to bat, Sialkot kept losing wickets regularly and were only kept afloat by Shoaib Malik's unbeaten 52-ball 49, which helped them reach 116 for 6 in 20 overs.

Islamabad's chase had a stable start as openers Babar Azam and Afaq Raheem put on 48 in 8.3 overs before Azam was out for a run-a-ball 29. Although Raheem was out five overs later, Sialkot's target of 117 was not challenging enough for Islamabad, who eventually made their way into the semi-finals with an over to spare.

Lahore Lions booked a semi-final clash with Islamabad Leopards after a comfortable 11-run win against Multan Tigers in Rawalpindi. Lahore, after opting to bat, were in early trouble as they were reduced to 38 for 5 in the fifth over, with Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal, all failing. Zulfiqar Babar inflicted the early damage, taking three of those wickets. However, Saad Nasim scored an unbeaten 61 in 54 balls to revive the team. He added 82 for the sixth wicket in company of Asif Raza, who scored 35.

Multan made a solid start in response, putting up 32 for in 4.4 overs before losing their first wicket. But the loss of four wickets for 30 runs between the eighth and the 14th over slowed them down. The team needed 35 off the last three overs, but two tight overs made it 23 off the last over. One of them was bowled by Wahab Riaz, who ended up with figures of 4-0-17-1.

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  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    i wana see islamabad lift the cup this time despite the exit of sialkot still lahore and karachi strong teams are still there !

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    lahore lions can win if there is no m.hafeez in the team......

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    I 'll go with lahore lions, they have a better bowling and batting side, i want to see faisalabad wolves and Lahore lions in the final....

  • Faizan on February 14, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    The Islamabadi team is the underdog here. They played the final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and have had a reasonably good T20 tournament so far. I will be supporting Islamabad and I have a feeling that they will win this time.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Malik was giving big comments before yesterday match and want to win the match and make a big statement for peoplewho alleged him for match fixing.But at the end proved every teams comes to play and Leopards shined at the end.Now all eyes on Lions this time again they might face Wolves in Finals. So it will be a big contest in finals Hafeez XI vs Misbah XI with Lions having edge of many internatioal players while Wolves have only Misbah ang Magcian Ajmal. Best of Luck LIONS!!!!!!

  • Viper on February 13, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    no way lions at all... i be rooting for Misbah and wolves although my team dolphine is out...... three cheers for wolves !!!

  • AQ on February 13, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    faisalabad will win because thay have the strongest bowling unit and the rawalpindi track is getting difficult with each day for batsmen

  • Stark on February 13, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    A huge shock to see the Stallions be knocked out so early because they had the most complete team in the tournament, with a great blend of batsmen, allrounders and bowlers.

    Now, I'll be rooting for the Lions to win the competition, even though they are a batting powerhouse.

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