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January 27, 2011
Lahore Eagles 283 for 9 (Paracha 109, Salahuddin 56*, Irfan 5-67) beat Khan Research Laboratories 281 for 9 (Naqvi 119, Bazid Khan 62, Nasim 5-55) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
In a thrilling final, Usman Salahuddin hit a four off the last ball to give Lahore Eagles a one-wicket win against Khan Research Laboratories at the National Stadium in Karachi. Lahore needed three to win off the last ball and seamer Mohammad Irfan pitched short. Salahuddin pulled it away to the midwicket boundary and took his side to the title.
With seventeen required off the last seven balls, KRL were favourites, but Lahore's No. 11 Emmad Ali hit the first ball he faced to long-off for four and then cleared the same boundary off the second ball of the final over. Emmad turned the strike back to Salahuddin, who was not out on 50, and he only managed two off the next two balls. But he held his nerve to take the required runs off the last ball.
Lahore's chase was looking on course, as they reached 200 for 2, with Hamza Paracha batting on 109. Parcha fell in the 39th over and the wickets kept falling as Lahore tried to keep up with the required rate. Mohammad Irfan took four wickets in his five-over spell between overs 41 and 50, giving him five for the match, and the required rate had gone up to 10.66 with three overs remaining. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Asif hit two fours in the 48th over before falling to Irfan, and then Emmad and Salahuddin did the job in the last two overs.
Paracha set the base for Lahore's chase with a measured innings and he was given company by first Mohammad Hamza, who made 24, Rana Adnan, who made 36, and then Salahuddin.
KRL's innings had got off to a slow start, and they found themselves 80 for 3 after 20 overs. Bazid Khan and Ali Naqvi concentrated on ones and twos, hitting only one boundary between overs 19 and 31. Naqvi got boundaries of each of the next overs and then smashed spinner Kashif Nizami for consecutive boundaries through the covers in the 34th over. There was another lull in the scoring before Bazid Khan took on legspinner Saad Nasim in the 40th over, smashing him over long-on for six to reach his half-century and then hitting him for a four to long-on off the next ball.
Bazid was out two overs later, hitting Asif into the hands of long-off, but Naqvi, who had already got his half-century, kicked on. Naqvi smashed three boundaries in the 45th over, got to his century with a six in the 47th, and got a four and a six off the first two balls of the 48th, before becoming Nasim's second wicket off the last ball of that over. Nasim went on to take three more wickets in the last over of the innings to fnish with figures of 5 for 55, but KRL had taken 90 runs of the last ten overs. Their total of 281, though, didn't prove enough in the end.
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