Lahore Lions v Faisalabad Wolves, Faysal Bank T-20, final December 9, 2012

Hafeez spins Lahore Lions to title

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Lahore Lions 154 for 7 (Jamshed 42, Adil 3-23) beat Faisalabad Wolves 121 for 8 (Hafeez 4-11) by 33 runs
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Mohammad Hafeez's economical and incisive spell bowled Lahore Lions to a comprehensive victory against Faisalabad Wolves in the final of the Faysal Bank T-20, and potentially secured them a place in the Champions League T20 next year.

Chasing a target of 155, Faisalabad had reached 30 for 1 in the fourth over when the slide began. Asif Ali was first run out, and then Hafeez nipped out three wickets in successive overs to reduce Faisalabad to 56 for 5. The collpase did not cease and Hafeez returned to dismiss Imran Khalid to pick up his fourth wicket. He finished with 4 for 11, and Abdul Razzaq claimed 2 for 19, as Faisalabad were restricted to 121 for 8 in 20 overs.

Lahore's innings had been set up by a fiery start from their openers after they chose to bat. Ahmed Shehzad scored 29 off 18 balls and was first out with the score on 44 in 4.2 overs. Nasir Jamshed carried on, making 42 off 28 balls to lay the platform for a formidable score. The middle-order batsmen, however, could not sustain the momentum and Nos. 3 to 5 got starts but scored at only a run a ball. Lahore had to settle for 154 for 7, but it proved to be 33 too many for Faisalabad.

The final was watched by a crowd of 20,000 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, with several thousands outside the venue without tickets.

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  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    nice crowd enjoyed that match:-)

  • Muhammad on December 10, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Hmmm team for next champion league from pakistan.. :P

  • Omarr on December 10, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    It is good to see Lions winning. I am sure they will beat the crap out of teams with so many international players n the next year Champions Trophy (if they are invited)

  • Morad on December 10, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Great Tournament.....Great Final......Great Result!

    Congrats to Lahore Lions.....

  • Imran on December 10, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Ehsan Adil and Haris Sohail must be given chance in next series along with anwar ali and Ahmad Shahzad in t20,s.

  • Touseef on December 10, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Lahore Lahore Aye! Definitely best performance by Invincible Lahore Team. Best of Luck for Champions League T20

  • ansar on December 10, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    good game by Lions. hafeez did well....for wolves no one stood with misbah either they was on winning track....umar Akmal need to improve himself more & more...T20 we got good talent likr Haris Sohail.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    everyone wanted to see lions stars performing

  • Pleasure on December 10, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I thought Abdul Razzaq was unfit for the tour to india later this month & yet he played in this game? something is not right here?? Ciao

  • Yasir on December 10, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Are you kidding me how hafeez got away with this,,He is playing with all Pakistan cricket team players accept two,(Zia-ul-Haq, Adnan Rasool)...they better qualify for Champions League Next year...and win

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