Faysal Bank T-20 Cup 2012-13 March 28, 2013

Faisalabad win after Misbah 85

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Faisalabad Wolves 161 for 3 (Misbah 85*, Waqas 39) beat Karachi Dolphins 157 for 8 (Hasan 51, Manzoor 42, Shehzad 3-24, Adil 3-34) by seven wickets

Misbah-ul-Haq's unbeaten 85 off 47 balls took Faisalabad Wolves to a seven-wicket victory over Karachi Dolphins at the Gaddafi Stadium. The victory ensured Wolves reached the semi-finals, while the Dolphins were ruled out of the final four.

Batting first, Karachi lost opener Fakhar Zaman in the first over, but Shahzaib Hasan (51) and Khurram Manzoor (42) added 100 runs for second wicket to take Dolphins to a commanding position. Offspinner Khurram Shahzad broke the partnership, and the Dolphins lost three wickets quickly to be reduced to 157 for 8.

In reply, Faisalabad began nervously, with Farrukh Shehzad and Khurram Shehzad out cheaply, leaving Misbah and Ali Waqas (39 off 40 balls) to do the repair work. The two added 67 for third wicket; Waqas smacked four boundaries, including two sixes, before being caught brilliantly at long-on by Anwar Ali, who dived forward to pouch a blinder.

Faisalabad needed 69 off 45 balls. But Misbah kept his nerves to steer Wolves home safely with Imran Khalid (18); they added 73 runs for the fourth wicket. Azam Hussain and Akbar-ur-Rehman took one wicket each.

Rawalpindi Rams 145 for 5 (Malik 29, Tanvir 28, Zia 26, Naeem 26, Khilji 3-24) beat Bahawalpur Stags 96 (Siddiq 45, Azam 3-23) by 20 runs (D/L)

Sohail Tanvir's all-round performance led Rawalpindi Rams to a 20-run victory over Bahawalpur Stags in a rain-affected match. Rawalpindi were put in to bat first in overcast conditions. Naved Malik (29 off 24) and Awais Zia (26 off 13 balls) put on 43 runs for the first wicket. Bilal Khilji (3-24) snapped two quick wickets to slow them down, but Umar Waheed's run-a-ball 20, and Sohail Tanvir's 28 off 16 balls helped Rawalpindi post an imposing total.

Bahawalpur lost wickets regularly in reply. Besides Imranullah Aslam (15) and Kashif Siddiq (45), no other batsman scored in double figures. Seamer Hammad Azam was the most productive bowler for Rawalpindi, taking three wickets, as Bahawalpur were eventually bowled out for 96.

Lahore Lions 95 for 7 (Shehzad 34, Nawaz 4-12) beat Abbottabad Falcons 94 (Rasool 4-21) by four wickets

In a topsy-turvy contest, Lahore Lions limped to a three-wicket victory over Abbottabad Falcons. Abbottabad, after choosing to bat, lost wickets in a hurry. Besides Sajjad Ali and Hammad Ali, both of whom scored 20, the rest in the line-up didn't provide much resistance, and Abbottabad were eventually bowled out for 94 off the final ball of the innings. Offspinner Adnan Rasool was the wrecker-in-chief, taking four wickets.

In reply, Lahore lost an early wicket, that of opener Nasir Jamshed for 7, but a 51-run stand between Ahmed Shehzad and Umar looked to be taking them to an easy win. They then lost six wickets for 22 runs, but eventually reached their target in 17 overs.

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  • Ning-nong on March 29, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Well done Misbah, keep up the good work - Keyword in this innings is 'unbeaten' and that has to translated over to the international game. I feel that Misbah innings nowadays is thrown away at critical stages partly because he feels the pressure of the public that have heavily criticised his scoring pace. However a consistent steady Misbah innings for Pakistan will always trump a once in a blue moon flash in the pan Afridi!

  • Suraj on March 28, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Bih Hitter Misbah should be in T2oI team too...

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    i think pakistan must prepare wickets of international standard so that every domestic match proves fruitful for the youngsters,rather than easing them even more....we must think for future,not for the scores...Pakistani players are quick on slow wickets and slow on fast wickets...

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