Wolves v Lions, Faysal Bank T20 Cup, Final, Rawalpindi February 16, 2014

Lions take title with last-ball win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lahore Lions 131 for 7 (Nasim 43*, Asad 3-32) beat Faisalabal Wolves 130 for 9 (Waqas 63, Hafeez 2-20) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It came down to the final delivery of the chase, when a steer to gully from No. 9 Imran Ali yielded the single that gave Lahore Lions the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup.

It was a topsy-turvy game, and defending champions Faisalabad Wolves looked like they had the match in their grasp when they got the key wicket of Umar Akmal in the 18th over. With 25 needed in the final three overs Lions were cruising, but a rough caught-behind decision to send back Umar in an over that cost only four runs, seemingly tipped the game towards Wolves.

However, Saad Nasim, who held the innings together with a 43, pulled off a scoop over the keeper's head in the penultimate over as it came down to 11 off the final six deliveries. Nasim was the set batsmen, but it was his lower-order team-mates that did the bulk of the work in the last over. Wahab Riaz crashed the first ball to long-on for four, and there was a bye, a leg-bye and a run-out off a wide before Imran faced the last delivery of the match, poking it for the single that secured the title.

If Wolves didn't do too well in the final stages with the ball, they were worse in the final stages of their innings with the bat. From 122 for 3 with 14 deliveries to go, they lost seven wickets for eight runs, which meant they ended on 131, instead of somewhere in the mid-140s. Ali Waqas top-scored with 63 while Misbah-ul-Haq completed a lean tournament with a 33-ball 27, unable to open out in the closing stages.

During the chase, Saaed Ajmal delivered impeccable figures of 4-0-11-0, while Asad Ali took three wickets, including the big ones of Mohammad Hafeez and Umar, but couldn't finish the job in the last over.

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  • Emran on February 18, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I dont understand why Saeed Ajmal who is from Lahore is playing for Faisalabad Wolves and where are Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal???

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Lolzz to everyone.... Lahore Lions did not qualify for clt20 The winner from super eight competition will be eligible for clt20

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    best batsman..... Younus Khan with 201 runs. best bowler ... ...Aizaz Cheema with 11 wickets. best all-rounder.. M. Hafeez. with 5 wickets & 152 runs.

  • Amjad on February 17, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Congrats Lahore - You are now also in the Champions League !!!

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Finaly Lahore Lions Proved That They Are Best Team In Pakistan And They Are Eligible For Playing CLT20 Inshallah Lahore Lions Will Rock Again This Year In CLT20.

  • ESPN on February 17, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Rawalpindi crowd has shown the hunger for cricket in Pakistan....What a match and what a crowd it was!!

  • Muhammad on February 17, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Good team will be in CLT20 as Pak required it

  • Umar on February 17, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    This article does not mention who was the man of the series/tournament, just like every other article. Would anyone be kind enough to tell me that?

  • Junaid on February 17, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Well played Lahore Lions. It was great to see such a big crowd in Pakistan. Based on this competition I think Wahab Riaz should have been selected as he was by far the quickest and we need pace in absence of Irfan. Wahab can also bat as well and he is much better than Sohail tanvir in 20 20 team.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    really excited to see Lahore Lions going in the Champions League with such a strong team.

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