Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup, 3rd round March 29, 2013

Sialkot enter semis, Rawalpindi prevail in Super Over

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Sialkot Stallions 48 for 1 (Shoaib Malik 31*) beat Multan Tigers 47 for 9 (Raza Hasan 3-11, Adeel Malik 2-10) by 9 wickets

Sialkot Stallions stormed into the semi-final of the Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup after crushing Multan Tigers, who collapsed for the lowest total in Pakistan domestic Twenty20s. The match was delayed by rain for 70 minutes due to wet outfield and reduced to 14 overs a side in which Stallions opted to bowl first.

Tigers got off to a dismal start as Raza Hasan, the main destroyer, ripped through their top order, leaving them reeling at 14 for 5 which also included two run-outs. Only Kashif Naved (16 off 28) fought for his double figures as the two brothers - Shoaib and Adeel Malik - took three wickets together with their spin and reduced the Tigers to 47 for 9.

Stallions in reply lost Shakeel Ansar for seven in pursuit of a small total, though captain Shoaib, along with the Shahid Yousuf, took them home without getting into further trouble within seven overs, finishing second in group A.

Rawalpindi Rams 143 (Azam 66, Samiullah 3-22) tied with Faisalabad Wolves 143 (Misbah 42). Rawalpindi Rams won the Super Over

The match between Rawalpindi Rams and Faisalabad Wolves went down to the wire, with the Rams edging ahead in the Super Over. Rams captain Sohail Tanvir conceded 9 runs and took Misbah-ul-Haq's wicket in the one-over eliminator, before Hammad Azam helped knock off the required runs to beat the Wolves. Both teams, however, have confirmed their spots in the semi-final, starting Saturday. Lahore Lions will take on Wolves while Sialkot Stallions will go head to head against Rams.

Earlier, Rams opted to bat first but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. By the end of 16 overs, Rams lost seven wickets for 98 runs but Azam's aggressive 66 off 35 balls, with the help of 11 boundaries including three sixes - also his first Twenty20 half-century - took Rams to a fighting total. Samiullah Khan (3-22) and Ehsan Adil (2-36) were the pick of the bowlers for Wolves.

In reply, Wolves got off to a flying start with Farrukh Shehzad (24) and Ali Waqas (23) adding 47 runs for the first wicket before losing wickets. They went past the 100 mark in the 15th over with the required run-rate touching nine. However, Misbah took matters into his own hands and took the game to the final ball. Requiring 2 off 1 ball, Misbah mistimed a short ball over midwicket, and a freak run-out resulted in a tie.

Karachi Dolphins 146 for 8 (Fawad 60, Maqsood 4-25) beat Bahawalpur Stags 121 for 6 (Mubashir 39) by 25 runs

Karachi Dolphins won a dead rubber by 25 runs, led by Fawad Alam's half-century. Dolphins' decision to bat first backfired initially with the top order collapsing cheaply. Shahzaib Hasan and Khurram Manzoor departed in the space of two balls for ducks in the first over followed by another double-strike which reduced Dolphins to 22 for 4 in four overs. Thereafter, a defiant Fawad smashed 60 off 48 balls to power his team to a commanding total 146 for 8. Ataullah (3-32) and Fahad Maqsood (4-25) were the main destroyers for Bahawalpur Stags. The Stags began positively, with the openers adding 48 in less than six overs. However, three quick strikes after the 11th over stalled their chase and the match from thereon never slipped out of Dolphins' control.

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  • Saad on March 30, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Fawad Alam is the Best Fielder in Pakistan, He can bat/slog a bit too, and can bowl as well..i think he's a complete package and should be at least given a chance in the t20's.

  • SYED on March 30, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Karachi dolphins is the team with most players having international exposure. Shazaib, Khalid, Fawad, Anwar, Sohail, and of course Sami. They have never won this tournament and this time got knocked out even before the knock outs.I can easily say here that either this crop doesn't have the talent, or they are not actually representing the talent we have in Karachi. INS'T IT ALRAMING TO ANYBBODY!!!! Overall, I feel quiet confident to say that street cricket is destroying the real talent. Every batter you see playing in the streets or small grounds is just hitting at every ball and every bowler is going for pace by throwing...... HOPELESS

  • ahmed on March 30, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Even though I'm supporting Rawalpindi Rams but I think Lahore Lions will win

  • Cricinfouser on March 30, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Fawad Alam deserves an opportunity in the national team. It's been too long with him sitting in the sidelines and the longer we wait, the longer we are wasting one of the most talented players in the international circuit. A first class average of almost 56 (higher than even Inzamam and Anwar), scoring over 150 runs on his debut, why he was dropped and never recalled remains a mystery? Furthermore his List A average remains 42 and if Pakistan can find a place to put people like Imran Farhat in their squad surely they can find a place for a talented player too.

  • Farrukh on March 30, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    really enjoy all supper eight matches at Lahore................ its really showing quality cricket, electric atmoshpher.....and entertainment....entertainment......entertainment...... never misss semisss....and final as well....really nice to see all world starts in my city...............

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    This is not much competitive tournament so are its previous editions. In my opinion; instead of fitting all the superstars into one team (Lahore Lions for example) PCB should distribute them equally among all teams so that we can have a competitive tournament

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    WoOoooW Rawalpindi Rams.... great Match.... Good Luck for the semi and Fianl....

  • abid on March 29, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    congratues sialkot you doing job well

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