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Umar Farooq in Karachi
October 3, 2011
Sohail Tanvir, the Rawalpindi Rams captain, has said his team's lack of experience was the major factor that counted against Rawalpindi in the national Twenty20 final. Tanvir said his team had all the potential but Sialkot Stallions were able to claim the upper hand by having more experienced campaigners in their side. Stallions won the T20 title for the sixth time, beating Rawalpindi by 10 runs at the National Stadium in Karachi.
"Our side has got a little bit of inexperience," Tanvir told ESPNcricinfo. "We were in a right direction and spirit and were almost set to down Sialkot but at the end of the day they probably had more experience players in this competition - that's the only difference between us and them that gave them the upper hand."
"I have some talented youngsters doing well for us and since the super eight we have improved a lot and are getting more mature.
"Stallions no doubt is a great side to play, I don't know if they deserve to win or not but we gave our 100% too. This is all cricket and sometime only one difference could swing away the game from you. But I am not disappointed as we fought hard and played positive cricket."
Rawalpindi had seemed comfortably placed to pass the 180 set by Sialkot, but their progress was held up crucially by the left-arm spin of Raza Hasan. While other bowlers struggled to concede fewer than seven runs an over, Hasan had figures of 4-0-11-2. He choked the flow of runs by varying the flight and lengths of his deliveries while maintaining a tight line.
Hasan, 19, has all the confidence required to bowl the death overs. "It about how big your heart is," Hasan said. "I was called by Shoaib [Malik] and he asked me to bowl the all important [19th] over and I was like okay, I will do it at my best. The ball wasn't spinning much at all but I had to bowl in the right areas to concede as many runs to overwhelm the batsman."
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