Faysal Bank T20 Cup, semi-finals February 15, 2014

Lahore Lions, Faisalabad Wolves storm into final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fifties from Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez helped Lahore Lions reach the final of the Faysal Bank T20 cup, as the team crushed Islamabad Leopards by 79 runs at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Lahore, batting first, were buoyed by an opening stand of 84 between Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad that gave the team a solid platform to build on. Jamshed fell for a 33-ball 60 having drilled eight fours and two sixes, but Lahore did not slow down, rallying behind a 57-run association for the second wicket between Shehzad and Hafeez.

Shehzad hit 42 off 41 balls, while Hafeez contributed a more aggressive 51 with three fours and four sixes to eventually lift the team to a mammoth 188 for 4.

Islamabad never really got going during the chase, and the fall of wickets at regular intervals prevented them from producing even one meaningful partnership. Only four batsmen reached double digits, as Aizaz Cheema, Hafeez, Adnan Rasool and Imran Ali each took two wickets to bundle the team out for 109 inside 19 overs.

Farrukh Shehzad scored an unbeaten 84 to help Faisalabad Wolves beat Abbottabad Falcons by 51 runs in Rawalpindi. Shehzad was at the crease for the duration of Wolves' innings as they scored 186 for four. He struck eight fours and three sixes in his 63-ball innings, sharing stands of 45 with Ali Waqas, 55 with Khurram Shehzad, and 55 with Asif Ali for the first, second and fourth wickets. Asif struck a 19-ball 37 with two fours and two sixes.

Chasing 187, Falcons began briskly, their openers putting on 41 in four overs. But they went from 41 for 0 to 67 for 5 in the space of five overs. Adnan Raees and Shakeel Ahmed halted the slide somewhat, putting on 21 in five overs, but by the time Saeed Ajmal dismissed Shakeel, the match was well and truly beyond Falcons. Raees remained unbeaten at the end, having scored 30 off 31 balls, as Falcons finished on 135 for 7. Ajmal and Ehsan Adil finished with two wickets each.

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  • Emran on February 17, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is again going great guns. This guy has class and should have not been dropped from world T20 squad. He desrves his place in Pakistan team especially after showing his class. Remember how he single handedly decimated India last year.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Nice to see the crowd getting behind domestic cricket for a change

  • ESPN on February 15, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Stadium was just electric..... Sounding Misbah Misbah...... when he came in to bat... Just sad that there is no international cricket here... we all love our players..

  • ESPN on February 15, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Misbah ul haq and saeed ajmal really gets the crowd going...both players can take the game away from lions with the addition of exciting farrukh shahzad and asif ali hitting. It,ll be an exciting final....And one thing for sure, crowd will support wolves....!

  • ESPN on February 15, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    I believe if the lions play out 20 overs they can win it rather than playing loose shots as they have best team right now. It would be if lions win coz we can take a competitive side for champions league at least.

  • Android on February 15, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    lets see who is a better captain haffeez with all the superstars in the team or misbah not as much superstars in the team

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    I am a big Misbah fan, but still hope lions to crush wolves... just to go to champions league with the strongest team...

  • muhammad on February 15, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Hafeez eleven is more powerful than Misbah Eleven. If thay both play good game on tomorow final match it will be an intresting day of cricket. Misbah eleven is mostly youngester,s team and their moral and tempo is high which show,s in today semi final match against younas khans eleven. Good Luck misbah and show your ability in T20 and go Up with win. Dr. Tauseef Siddiqui

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    once again its going to be Misbah's eleven vs Hafeez's Powerful eleven in final

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