Haier Cup National Twenty20 2014 September 25, 2014

Yasir fifty guides Stags home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Group C

Faisalabad Wolves went down to Peshawar Panthers by 11 runs despite Misbah-ul-Haq's efforts. Misbah made 36 off 29 in the chase of 140 but was the ninth batsman out off the second ball of the last over. Wolves needed 22 off the last two overs but Imran Khan conceded only three in the 19th, and despite Misbah hitting a six in the last over, 19 off the final six deliveries proved to be too much for Wolves. Ali Waqas (28) and Asif Ali (29) were the only other contributors of note for Wolves but they fell within successive overs and it came down to Misbah with the lower order collapsing around him. Mohammad Imran Khan picked up 4 for 20 while Imran Khan took 2 for 27.

Panthers made 139 for 9 after being asked to bat. Rafatullah Mohmand cracked 43 off 21 at the top of the order even as his opening partner Israrullah crawled to 3 off 13. Mohammad Rizwan's 37 at No. 6 was the only other decent score as all the Wolves bowlers chipped in with wickets.

An unbeaten half-century from Babar Azam steered Islamabad Leopards to an eight-wicket win over Lahore Eagles. Chasing 132, Leopards raced to their target with 16 balls remaining, with Azam not out on 51 off 35 balls, with eight fours in his innings. Opener Afaq Raheem set up the chase with a 22-ball 41, taking Leopards to 52 before being dismissed in the fifth over.

Having chosen to field, Leopards quickly had Eagles in trouble at 14 for 2, with Umar Gul and Shehzad Azam striking once each. Sami Aslam helped Lahore Eagles recover, adding 53 for the third wicket with Imran Butt and 23 with Raza Ali Dar before he fell for a 44-ball 51. Dar went on to score 45, off 30 balls, before Gul dismissed him and Adnan Akmal off successive balls in the final over of their innings.

Group D

Mohammad Yasir's maiden Twenty20 half-century powered Bahawalpur Stags to a seven-wicket win against Lahore Lions in Karachi. Chasing 141, Yasir slammed eight fours and two sixes during a 41-ball 57, as he and Naeemuddin (34) added 55 for the second wicket to give the team a solid foundation. Both batsmen fell within four overs of each other by the 16th over, but Faisal Mubashir and Kamran Hussain ensured Stags gunned down the total with 14 deliveries to spare.

Lions, having been inserted, lost Kamran Akmal early, but were driven by a 61-run, second-wicket partnership between Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq. However, Abdul Rehman (3 for 24) and Tauqeer Riasat (2 for 21) pegged Lions back with regular blows, and restricted the team to 140 for 6.

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